Dead to Sin – A Promise of Hope

Dead to Sin
A Promise of Hope
1992 (no label)
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Ralph Neumann – Lead guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
Phil Knienel – Bass, piano, lead vocals
Jeff Anton – Drums

Side 1:

  1. The Way That Leads to Life
  2. Jesus Paid It All
  3. Look Around You
  4. You Were There

Side 2:

  1. This Man
  2. Lord I Praise You
  3. People Need the Lord
  4. Live My Life

So this is the second tape by a band called Dead to Sin that I have listened to. This one looks very punk rock by the cover, but it is not. It is really middle of the road rock. The best way I can describe it is if there was a lighter version of Brighton with a bit of an alt-rock flair and lead singer that can’t really sing on key all the time (which was an intentional style some singers went for back then, not an insult), that would be this band. Of course, this band clearly is from Canada in 1992. I know some bands in Southern California mentioned a band there in the early to mid-80s called Dead to Sin, and the other tape I have transferred is punk rock that is completely different from this one. I am assuming these are different bands until I hear otherwise. The more I listen to this one, the more it grows on me. Maybe more of a middle point between Brighton and the Dead Milkmen? Just not sure what style they are going for here.

Dead to Sin – Practice

Dead to Sin
Practice
198? (no label)
California, USA?

Richard Carlstedt?

Side 1:

  1. God’s Not Dead
  2. Jesus is God
  3. I Love You
  4. Jesus Loves Me
  5. Kill the Abortion
  6. Dear Jesus Prayer

Side 2:

  1. Satan Sucks
  2. Banned
  3. King of Kings, Lord of Lords
  4. Don’t Turn Your Back on Jesus Christ

This is a bit of a mystery tape. All that I have is what you see pictured above. The sound is pretty much straight forward loud and brash street punk. I took a guess at song titles based on what was repeated most in the chorus (“Jesus Loves Me” and “King of Kings, Lord of Lords” are cover songs). I do have another demo called A Promise of Hope by a band called Dead to Sin, but that tape is barely rock. It sounds nothing like this tape. A few people have mentioned a band called Dead to Sin led by Richard Carlstedt of The Israelites. But that other demo has no one named any form of Richard Carlstedt in it. Are there two different bands? Also, the rock Dead to Sin is from Canada, but Crazed Bunnyz from California mention talking to Richard from the other Dead to Sin after a concert. My best guess is that this tape is the California punk band led by Richard Carlstedt, but I could be wrong. Either way, this tape is obviously a practice session and rough around the edges, but the band gets punk rock and puts out some good (practice-level) punk rock.

Missing Information: Song titles, release date, who played on this?