Divine Right – Your Rock & Roll

Divine Right
Your Rock & Roll
1990 (no label)
Rensselaer, New York, USA

Kevin Brandow – All instruments and vocals, except:

Dave Brennan – Drums on “The Gavel”
Matt Larkin – Vocals on “I Want You”
Ed Kilgallon – Piano on “Here I Am”
Frank Minissale – Guitar solo on “Age of Awakening”
Dave Hoffis – Vocals on “Freedom”

Side 1:

  1. Your Rock & Roll
  2. Too Hot to Touch
  3. Freedom
  4. I Want You
  5. Age of Awakening

Side 2:

  1. When It’s Over It’s Just Begun
  2. The Gavel
  3. On the Rise
  4. Here I Am
  5. Neon Philosopher
  6. Sneakin’ Around

I believe this is the third demo from Divine Right / Kevin Brandow. As with the past demos, almost all of the instruments and vocals were performed by Brandow. This demo sees a slightly longer list of guest vocalists and instrumentalists here and there (but also a lot more songs as well). All of the songs here made it on the …So Far CD in 1991 (re-recorded I am assuming). The drum machine sound is also stronger here than in the past, but the songwriting is so good you tend to not notice it.

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Divine Right – Tongues of Fire

Divine Right
Tongues of Fire
1987 (no label)
Rensselaer, New York, USA

Kevin Brandow – All vocals and instruments
Bob Alvaro – Rhythm guitar on “Silent Victory”

Side 1:

  1. Tongues of Fire
  2. On Guard
  3. Far Far Away

Side 2:

  1. One Way
  2. Mystery Uncovered
  3. Silent Victory
  4. Lightning

Divine Right got some attention for releasing a compilation CD called …So Far in 1991. I had originally thought that So Far was a complete demo compilation, but now I see that only the songs “Tongues of Fire” and “Lightning” from this demo made it on to that CD. Guitarist Kevin Brandow is also known for joining Petra later on and recording music with them that… sounded nothing like this. Anyways, this demo is heavy metal that seems part commercial metal, part neoclassical metal, part traditional/power metal. I also didn’t realize that all music and vocals were performed by Kevin on this demo except for rhythm guitars on one song. Pretty impressive, as this didn’t sound like a one-person band project. Not that those are always bad, but you can usually tell.