Alliance – Spiritual Battle

Spiritual Battle
1986 (no label)
West Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Lonnie Smith – Vocals, keyboards
Garry Bruce – Guitars
Steve Eason – Bass
Tracy Hollingsworth – Drums

Gary Davis – Additional keyboards

Side 1:

  1. Running in the Night
  2. Selfish Ambition
  3. Party Girl

Side 2:

  1. Instant Gratification
  2. Spiritual Battle

This is an earlier demo by the same Alliance that put out Answer Beyond the Pieces in 1988. If the cover has you thinking that maybe the band used to be a lot heavier and they went lighter for Beyond the Pieces, you would be…. wrong. This is lighter rock and more 80s than their later demo. I know the cover looks metal, but to be honest, many non-metal bands went for this art style back in the mid to early 80s. They do still rock out on tunes like “Selfish Ambition,” but it is a mid-80s rock out more than a metal rock out. Before this demo, they were known as Exodus and put out a demo called From Darkness to Light in 1984 that I have not heard.

Alliance – Answer Beyond the Pieces

Answer Beyond the Pieces
1988 (no label)
West Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Lonnie Smith – Keyboards, vocals
Tony Feliciano – Guitars
Mark Poole – Bass
Tracy Hollingsworth – Drums, percussion

Side 1:

  1. Eye Contact
  2. Answers
  3. Journey’s End
  4. Great Expectations
  5. Hope of the Ages

Side 2:

  1. Breakaway
  2. Just Say No
  3. Bridges
  4. Genesis
  5. Worlds Apart

This is a good quality album of keyboard-based hard rock/AOR – a style that was popular in the mid-80s due to bands like Journey. However, it was kind of in decline by 1988. The songs on this demo ride the line between keyboard ballads and guitar-crunch rockers. There is even a slight hint of prog rock on some tracks like “Worlds Apart.” I believe this band had some other demos as well, but I am not sure what style they did on those. This is one of many bands that seemed to dial in the 80s rock sound really well, even if getting it done a few years later than it was in style. They had a demo called Spiritual Battle before this one in 1986.