The Warning – Cut the Garbage!

The Warning
Cut the Garbage!
1990 Independent
Azusa, California, USA

Burrito – Lead vocals
Tracy G – Lead guitars, bass, noise makers

Mike Beatty – Drum programming
Rochelle Ann – Additional vocals on “Human Holocaust”

Side 1:

  1. Condemned to Hell
  2. Human Holocaust
  3. Blood Bath

Side 2:

  1. Don’t Touch Me
  2. Scream for Repentance (Psalm 51)
  3. Out of Control
  4. Cut the Crap

This is the censored version of Cut the Crap! From 1989 – meaning that they just changed one word on the cover to make it less offensive to people that found the word “crap” offensive. Weird, but such is the Christian world. It seems that sound here is a bit more metal and cleanly produced than Repent or Die! and A Virgin in the Midst of Whores. Don’t think they went anywhere near pop metal, though – it is still off the wall, chaotic, and a bit muddy sonic-wise. And of course, Tracey G is still showcasing the shred guitars he came to be known for in Dio and other bands later. Interesting that they feature a note about only reading the Bible and not getting into personal interpretations, and then release a tape full of their personal interpretations and political views. Lots of bands  did this – it probably just got confusing for music fans to determine which differing version of “just the Bible” was the real one 🙂 Also of interest is that this re-release of Cut the Crap! leaves off the bonus track “Love,” which I believe is the same song as “Whatever Happened to Love” from A Virgin in the Midst of Whores.

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The Warning – A Virgin in the Midst of Whores

The Warning
A Virgin in the Midst of Whores
1988 (no label)
Victorville, California, USA

Burrito – Vocals
Tracy G – All music and production

  1. Burn in Hell
  2. Simple Simon
  3. Instrumental
  4. Let’s Go to Church
  5. Instrumental
  6. A Virgin in the Midst of Whores
  7. What Will You Do
  8. Whatever Happened to Love
  9. Solid Rock
  10. The Rapture

For those not familiar with The Warning, they were a controversial metal band led by Burrito, and featuring Tracey G (Dio, etc) on guitars. The music on this follow-up demo to Repent or Die! is still chaotic, heavy, and random. It was kind of the pre-cursor for 8-Ball Cholos, but more thrash and metal oriented. They were kind of the main band for the Radicals for Christ group, which Burrito also led. The main controversy came from their lyrics and cover art (see above – Pride is Jerry Falwell, Ego is Jimmy Swaggart, Phony is Tammy Faye Bakker, 666 is Pope John Paul II, Lust$ is Jim Bakker, Virgin is Jesus Christ). They basically like to tell people all they are doing wrong and how evil they are for not living up to the band’s religious standards. Lots of finger pointing and then telling others they are wrong for being… well… finger pointers. The music is pretty cool, and the lyrics are tolerable if you take it as a warning of the dangers of fundamentalist evangelicalism (a group that generally rejects this kind of music as “Satanic,” ironically). So, the original cover was controversial (even though I think it is awesome), so they also released a censored version of the cover below. The weird thing is that the sonics are a bit cleaner on the censored cover version (even though still muffled). This demo was followed by Cut the Crap/Garbage! in 1989/1990.

The Warning – Repent or Die!

The Warning
Repent or Die!
1986 Radicals for Christ
Azusa, California, USA

Burrito – Vocals
Tracy G – All music and production

  1. The Warning
  2. Can Your Heart Still Cry
  3. The Truth
  4. Jesus is the Only Way
  5. Armageddon (an Instrumental)
  6. Abortion is Murder
  7. No Mercy
  8. The Rapture

If I am remembering correctly, this is the first demo tape by The Warning after they formed in 1985. Apparently Dave “Burrito” Villalpando was at a show that Tracy G’s band Swift Kick was playing at. He told Tracy G that he liked how Tracy G approached being a Christian in non-Christian bands, and a musical partnership and friendship was started. I think The Warning started after Burrito’s other band Moral Majority broke up, but I am not sure. Anyways, The Warning was basically a studio project that never played live, because they thought the frantic nature of their music would be impossible to recreate live. This recording is a bit rough, but I still like the trippy different style of music. To me, it sounds like this band was a big influence on Lust Control later. Burrito and Tracy G went on to form 8-Ball Cholos, and Tracy G also became known as a shredder guitarist for several Dio albums. This demo was followed by A Virgin in the Midst of Whores in 1988. The cover above is the original cover, but there was a redesigned cover in about 1989 by Chris Yambar so this demo would look like the other The Warning demos. It looked like this:

Frank’s Enemy – Qoheleth

Frank’s Enemy
Qoheleth
1993 Not Silent (NS5)
Miami, Florida

Julio Rey – Guitar, Lead vocals
Marc Golob – Bass, vocals
Alex A – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Link Line
  2. Man, You Made a Lonely World
  3. You are God

Side 2:

  1. Reasons to Say No
  2. Destroy
  3. I Think
  4. We’re Recording Ourselves

Frank’s Enemy is a bit hard to describe – they are definitely an extreme metal band, but there are grind elements, death elements, punk elements, experimental elements, funk elements, hardcore elements, and so on. This was their third demo, the last one before they released their full-length self-titled album. In fact, most of the songs on here made it onto that album. Frank’s Enemy is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoy the weirdness and intensity of what they do here. “Destroy” is also a cover of The Lead, and for those that didn’t know, Julio Rey was/is in The Lead (since they are now releasing new music). Also, the last two tracks I have listed on side two are not listed on the tape J-card. The first one is an early demo of “I Think” with Julio on lead vocals (it was later re-recorded on Neoblasphemies with female lead vocals). The other one is really just the band in the studio goofing off, talking about copy right law and how they are recording themselves.

Stone Vengeance – To Kill Evil

Stone Vengeance
To Kill Evil
1988 Lilac Records (LR1010)

Michael Coffey – Guitars, lead vocals (tracks 1, 3-5), lyrics (tracks 1, 3-5), arrangements
Anthony Starks – Bass, backing vocals, lead vocals (track 2), lyrics (track 2)
Darren Thompkins – Drums, backing vocals

Side 1:

  1. To Kill Evil
  2. Time is at Hand

Side 2:

  1. The Persecution
  2. Bullfight
  3. Malice

This is one of the earlier demos by Stone Vengeance. All of these songs here appeared later on their self-titled 1990 demo (which itself was re-issued on CD in 1988 with extra songs under the titled To Kill Evil). Most of these songs had also been released on various demos and rehearsal recordings before this one like Wrath Cometh. These songs are fast and furious mixes of speed and thrash metal. The songs on here are similar to the ones on the 1990 demo, but very different recordings of each song. There were siren and explosion sound effects in some of the songs in 1990 that were not here. “The Persecution” and “Bullfight” are noticeably shorter than later versions, while “Malice” is noticeably longer. “Bullfight” is also really different than the later version, but you can tell it is still the same song. Some great metal that probably should have gotten wider recognition.

Stone Vengeance – Stone Vengeance

Stone Vengeance
Stone Vengeance
1990 Lilac Records (Lilac 2032)
San Francisco, California, USA

Michael Coffey – Lead vocals, all guitars
Anthony Starks – Bass, vocals
Darren Thompkins – Drums, vocals

Side 1:

  1. To Kill Evil
  2. Time is at Hand
  3. Pain
  4. The Great Controversy

Side 2:

  1. The Persecution
  2. Bullfight
  3. Malice
  4. Higher Now
  5. Wrath Cometh
  6. Long Live Stone Vengeance

Stone Vengeance was one of the first Christian metal bands – formed in 1978. I’m not sure if they released anything until 1985 (the date of their first demo as listed on many sites). As far as I can tell, this is their first full length release, with many songs being previously released on earlier demos. The sound here is mostly a pretty fast and ferocious mix of speed metal, thrash metal, and punk. The exceptions being the acoustic ballads “Pain” and “Higher Now,” along with the flamenco-ish intro “Bullfight.” Kind of weird the band never seemed to break out of the underground – they opened for some big name bands back in the day. Also of note, the song list on the cover appears to be wrong. Either that or they mislabeled the two sides of the tape.

Decision D – Testimony of Faith

Decision D
Testimony of Faith
1990 (no label)
Utrecht, Netherlands

Edwin Ogenio – Lead Vocals
Albert-Jan “Riffs” Vink – Lead guitars, rhythm guitars
Daniel Bootsma – Lead guitars
Ronald-Jan Kleisen – Bass, back-up vocals
Gerard van Driesten – Drums

  1. Testimony of Faith
  2. DNA
  3. Rapture
  4. Requiem

“Testimony of Faaaaaith!!!!” That’s not me getting excited about this demo – it is the scream that starts out the first song. Of course, this is a great thrash metal demo by a band that went on to release three full length albums that leaned more towards death metal. The weird thing about this demo was that it did have a cover, but that cover was not with this tape. Don’t know if it was lost by the original owner, never had one, or was a bootleg copy made for a friend of a friend. There really isn’t the loud hiss that comes from dubbing copies of copies, though. It’s pretty clean, actually. So I’ll go with either lost cover, or band ran out of covers. Or this was a “pre-release” of sorts before there was a cover. Either way: MOSH!!!

(the real cover can easily be found online, so I used it above)