Christian Image – We Cast Out the Devil

Christian Image
We Cast Out the Devil
1990 (no label)
Rotterdam, Holland, Netherlands

Lillian W. – Vocals
Dorothe V. – Metalized Violin
Laszlo H. – Guitar, bass

Christie V. – Vocals on “War,” “Rapture,” and “Stand Up”

Side 1:

  1. 666 Against 777
  2. Jesus Christ
  3. War
  4. Stand Up
  5. Rapture
  6. World, Without the Holy Spirit

Side 2:

  1. Lonely Heart
  2. We Cast Out the Devil
  3. Devil’s Game/Supernatual Power
  4. Johnny
  5. Reality
  6. Lonely Heart

This is (as far as I know) the third and final demo by Christian Image. Christian Image was an industrial goth metal outfit from Holland. Their music is part atmospheric and part guitar assault. Although, listening to these demos, you find out that some of the sound comes from “metalized” violin. A pretty cool idea, adding a different texture to the music. The male and female vocals trade off, and mostly sing about Pentecostal / spiritual warfare type topics. Not sure what happened to the band or its member after this demo, however. But you can actually buy the digital files from this release from Jeani Bond at Key Records:

Christian Image – Imagine Heaven Imagine Hell

Christian Image
Imagine Heaven Imagine Hell
1989 (no label)
Rotterdam, Holland, Netherlands

Lillian W – Voice, text
Dorothe V – Violin
Laszlo H – Guitars

Side 1:

  1. Jesus is the Rock
  2. Jesus is the Way
  3. Imagine Heaven Imagine Hell Part 1
  4. Imagine Heaven Imagine Hell Part 2
  5. Soldier of Light
  6. Shalom

Side 2:

  1. Improvised on the Day the Group was Born (part 1)
  2. Improvised on the Day the Group was Born (part 2)
  3. Improvised on the Day the Group was Born (part 3)
  4. Improvised on the Day the Group was Born (part 4)
  5. Improvised on the Day the Group was Born (part 5)

This demo was released the same year as their Jerusalem Attacks demo, but I am not sure which one was released first. I would venture it was this one, because it was recorded in February of that year, and side two is just labeled “Improvised on the Day the Group was Born” from November 1988. Side two has obvious breaks in the songs, so that is why I broke it into 5 parts. You can also recognize the beginning forms of several songs on Side 1 as well. This is pretty much the same as their other demo – interesting music that seems like it is guitar-based industrial with violin over the top. And yes, I do believe that is Kim Boyce on the Heaven side of the cover? Kind of odd, but such is the tape underground. “Jesus is the Way” is the only song from this demo repeated on Jerusalem Attacks.

Christian Image – Jerusalem Attack

Christian Image
Jerusalem Attack
1989 (no label)
Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands

Lillian V – Vocals
Dorothe V – Metalized Violin
Laszlo H – Guitars

Side 1:

  1. We are Hier in the Name of Jesus
  2. Nightriders
  3. Lightriders
  4. God Loves Siouxie
  5. Jesus is the Way
  6. You’re Made out of Glass
  7. Jerusalem Attack
  8. Lord, Why?

Side 2 (“Live in Utrecht”):

  1. We are Hier in the Name of Jesus (live)
  2. You’re Made Out of Glass (live)
  3. Nightriders (live)
  4. Imagine Heaven and Hell (live)
  5. Power in the His Name (live)
  6. We are Hier in the Name of Jesus (live)
  7. Stand Before Your King (live)
  8. Encore (live)

Christian Image was fairly well known as an industrial / gothic band in the Christian tape underground. Key Records still sells a later demo from 1990 called We Cast out the Devil. I’m not sure if they are industrial on purpose, or sound industrial because they use a drum machine. The guitars sound like an industrial band, so I would go with that. And yes, you did read that correct above: metalized violin. It is played kind of like an instrument or lead guitar throughout the album, giving the band an original sound. Key Records refers to their style as “Harsh Dutch Gothic Rock” and that is pretty accurate. They also have another demo from the same year called Imagine Heaven Imagine Hell Which One Do You Choose? The second side of this tape was just labeled “Live from Utrecht”, but I have labeled the live songs as best I can (tracks 5 and 7 were a wild guesses). A review of We Cast Out the Devil from The Cutting Edge magazine also describes them well:

“Psychedelic, modern dance gloom rock in the vein of Joy division, Bauhaus, Laurie Anderson and England’s Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus. Swirls of moody, thick synths, balanced by controlled guitar, all under-girded by metalized violin. The vocals, adequate and eerie, kinda echo over the music, creating a listening experience not unlike the best of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar excursions or the musical ideas that slash out from Captain Beefheart’s best work on “Trout Mask,” “Decals,” and “Doc at the Radar Station.” Also close to the sound from “Monstor” by No Laughing Matter. Some tip of the hat to industrial doodling can be found here. Lyrically evangelistic. A sonic blast taking you to the fringes of Christian experimentation.”

You can also find some lyrics and reviews in (I am assuming) Dutch here:

Missing Information: Names of songs on Live sing, last names of band members.

Jeani Bond / Key Records

If there was an epicenter of the Christian Tape Underground, it would be Jeani Bond and Key Records. I wasn’t part of the actual scene back in the 80s and 90s, but from what I understand, she was one of the “key” people in promoting so many obscure tapes with her Regeneration Radio tape show and distribution efforts. She continues to promote this music to this day. If you are not familiar with her, you can get a good overview with this podcast interview she did recently with The Antidote:

Then, of course, there is her website – which still has a lot of rare music for sale:

She also keeps a large archive of tape and zine and related miscellany on her Flicker account:

Last, but not least, there is her radio show archives (with tons of rare songs):

and her current playlist on SoundCloud with even more music: