Believer – Radio Spot

Radio Spot
1991 R.E.X. Music

  1. Radio Spot

This is really just an entire cassette that was used up for a one minute radio spot on both sides. It was basically a spot that advertised a contest for the winner to fly out to see Believer in concert, get a lot of merch, and hang-out at the record label offices. The promo pronounces the name of the label by spelling out the three letter (R – E – X) rather than pouncing it like a person’s name (Rex), in case you have ever wondered what the official pronunciation was. This all plays over some of Believer’s music. It is only a minute long, so probably the shortest tape I have ever heard.

Amnos – Parables of Madness

Parables of Madness
1996 (no label)
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Steve Bifford – Vocals, rhythm guitars
Cory Griffmore – Bass guitars
Jim Galga – Lead guitars, rhythm guitars
Joe – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Parables of Madness
  2. Exist

Side 2:

  1. Soothsayer
  2. Frustrated

Second demo by this thrash metal band – a year after their Love Songs in D Minor demo. They are still going for that mid-era Mortification sound, maybe a bit more thrashier than Mort. I also hear some influences from Believer as well in songs like “Exist.” Seems that the band is an entirely new one behind Steve for this demo. But they still dial in that killer thrash riff for song after song.

Tempest – Annihilation of the Wicked

Annihilation of the Wicked
1986 (no label)
North Olmsted, Ohio, USA

Warren Harris – Bass, lead vocals
Kevin Michael Feldt – Guitar
Timothy Andrew Burris – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Upon the Wings of the Godhead
  2. Call to Evil
  3. Dreadlock Ire (Wrath of God)
  4. Curse God… and Die

Side 2:

  1. Crucifix
  2. Heaven’s Gate
  3. Sacred Eternal

This is one of the two infamous Tempests that formed a weird chapter of Christian metal history. It seems that Pure Metal wanted to sign this Tempest from Ohio, but they sent their offer to the Tempest from Indiana led by Mick and Jamie Rowe (who later went on to sing for Guardian). No one seemed to notice that it was the wrong band until it was too late. So this tape is a tale of what could have been. Many labels have wanted to re-issue this demo through the years, but it seems the band is not having it. Too bad. This is one killer slab of thrash metal. The first song starts off with some nice bass guitar work underneath a skit that compares Satan to a jack in the box. And then just starts thrashing away. This is the thrash that you heard on Headbanger’s Ball, but didn’t exactly follow the Big 4 – some speed metal, some Overkill, some Metal Church power metal, etc. And lots of bass soloing – all three songs on side 2 are bass solos (no other instruments). Of course, the constant focus on hell gives it a Grim Reaper feeling, but just from the other side. The songs can be found pretty easily online if you look around.

Preacher – Welcome to Forever

Welcome to Forever
1995 Pulpit Records
Kendall, Michigan, USA

Tony Black – Vocals, all instruments

Side 1:

  1. Man of Sorrow
  2. My Life
  3. O.D.
  4. Into the Fire

Side 2:

  1. The Ritual
  2. Prove
  3. Cemetery
  4. Welcome to Forever
  5. Monastery

Wow – some seriously shredding thrash metal here. I think the drums might even be programmed here, but it still shreds. One of the guitars also has an interesting effect on it that sounds like a buzzsaw of some kind. This and the drum programming give it the feel of an industrial album at times – not a bad thing. It would have been interesting for them to embrace the industrial aspect with some samples. The vocals are kind of a mix of Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth influences as well. From what I can find online, this might be a one-man project by Tony, which makes it all the more impressive. There also maybe another Preacher release before or after this one called Sanctuary of the Dead.

Martyr – Imminent Warfare

Imminent Warfare
1988 (no label)
Redondo Beach, California, USA

Prado – Lead vocals, bass
Michael “Bones” Van Asch – Lead guitars, rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars, background vocals
Marcus N. Colon – Lead guitars, rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars, background vocals
John Waldron – Drums, background vocals

Josh Kramer – Additional background vocals
Chris Ackerman – Additional background vocals

  1. Abomination
  2. C if U Like This
  3. Plead the Blood
  4. Imminent Warfare

So this is the second demo and second line-up for Martyr. Both of the guitarists and the drummer from 1987’s Death is Dead are no longer in the band. It also seems that Van Asch and Waldron would leave before 1989’s Frantic. Some of the song titles on here might sound familiar, as it seems that guitarist Marcus Colon took “Plead the Blood” with him when he formed Betrayal. The sound here is pretty much 80s thrash, with lots of fire and a good amount of speed. They even touch on some speed metal in the last song. It seems that all four of the songs here made it on to their Wickenstraut compilation in 1993.

Nonpoint Factor – Promotional Cassette

Nonpoint Factor
Promotional Cassette
1995 A.R.T. Records
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Kermit Rodriguez – Vocals
Sam Salinas – Guitars
Alexis Benitez – Bass
Robb Rivera – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Breeding Thoughts (rough mix)

Side 2:

  1. Whispers (rough mix)

This is a short two song promo cassette from Nonpoint Factor. These two songs have not be released elsewhere, so I guess they are songs from the band’s unreleased Anger Through an Art Form album? They had also released Depression ’94 and  A New Breed of Anger in 1995, but these songs are not on there. Too bad, because like their other releases, these songs are great. This tape sees the band transitioning more into 90s thrash metal and nu-metal than they were on 1992’s Dementia… Into Reality. Not too long after this tape, the band shortened their name to Nonpoint and released Generate in 1996.

Nonpoint Factor – Dementia… Into Reality

Nonpoint Factor
Dementia… Into Reality
1992 (no label)
Bayamon, Puerto Rico, USA

Kermit Rodriguez – Vocals
Sam Salinas – Guitars
Alexis Benitez – Bass
Robb Rivera – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Dementia… into Reality
  2. Falling into Oblivion
  3. Me, Myself and I
  4. An Ill Impression

Side 2:

  1. Greed
  2. Lost Deep Within My Mind
  3. Based on a True Story

This seems to be the debut demo by Nonpoint Factor, shortly after Robb Rivera disbanded Order of Chaos (which was known as Sekel before that) and formed this band. It also appears to be their only demo recorded while the band was in Puerto Rico. Shortly after this they moved to Florida. The music here is thrash metal, heavily influenced by the Big Four thrash bands. They progressively got more nu-metal and modern after this tape (Depression ’94, Promotional Cassette, and A New Breed of Anger), before finally dropping the “Factor” from their name and fully embracing nu-metal in 1996 on Generate. I didn’t get to convert this one, so I am missing a full scan of the card. I also can’t find who played on this tape, so I went with my best guess above.

Missing Information: Full cover scans, confirmation of who played on this tape.