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.

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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)

Weeping Prophet – On the Verge of Tears

Weeping Prophet
On the Verge of Tears
1992 (no label)
Akron, Ohio, USA

Jim Workman – Vocals
Stewart Hilton – Guitars
Walt Wise – Bass
John Joyce – Drums

Side 1:

  1. The Voice
  2. Diotrephes

Side 2:

  1. The Warning
  2. p32

Finally – the long lost Weeping Prophet demo! Their later demo Broken seems to be all over the place if you dig for bootleg mp3s, but I have never seen this demo out there. Weeping Prophet are usually described as “progressive/thrash metal,” and that mostly holds true here. I would say this is less progressive and more thrash, but there are still some progressive elements. In some places, if they had pushed the progressive angle and made the rough style vocal moments a bit creepier, they would have sounded like Tourniquet. As it is, songs like “Diotrephes” seem to still have a strong Tourniquet influence. Also, the sound on this demo is a bit cleaner than Broken was. The band member names really aren’t given on the tape. There is a drawing of the bands hair with mostly illegible signatures under each one, and then extensive thank you lists from Jym, Stu, Walt, Ed (the manger), and John. I am assuming that these were the same band members as listed on Broken later, so I have used that info above. It could be wrong, though.

Sekel – The Final Conflict

Sekel
The Final Conflict
198? (no label)
Puerto Rico, USA

  1. The Final Conflict
  2. S.B.
  3. Existence

Huh. The spine says The Final Conflict. And there are three songs off of the 6-song Final Conflict demo from 1989. But no cover art, and not all of the songs. A fan made sampler? A later demo cut down to focus on their top songs? The early version of the demo before they added 3 more songs? Whatever the story is, these are still some killer Metaliica-esque thrash songs. The band went on change their name to Order of Chaos, and then drummer Robb Rivera left to form Nonpoint Factor (now just Nonpoint and more nu-metal than thrash). I don’t really hear any difference between these songs and the longer demo – this one is just missing the cover and the last three songs.

Combat Faith – Combat Faith

Combat Faith
Combat Faith
1991 (no label)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Albert Baca – Vocals
Joe McGrath – Guitar
Ric Buteau – Bass
Alan Tuma – Drums

  1. Child of Fire
  2. The Return
  3. Mystery Tune Mach IV
  4. Lies

This is the second self-titled demo by power/thrash metal band Combat Faith. Since their last self-titled demo in 1989, it seems they changed bass players and lost one guitar player. The J-card doesn’t list the band members’ names or song titles – I found the details listed above online and the song titles seem to match what is sung in the songs. The only difference is that one online source lists a song called “In Your Face” – but I can’t find any of the four songs that says that, and there are five listed online. Weird. But this is a great power metal / borderline thrash metal band. The drummer also played in The Moshketeers and Ultimatum.

Missing Information: confirmation of song titles and band members.