Heirborne – Morbid Reality

Morbid Reality
1990 (no label)
Pleasant Hill, Missouri, USA

Nyk Edinger – Lead vocals
Kenny Carter – Guitar
J.J. Julian – Bass
Shane Goade – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Morbid Reality
  2. Behind Enemy Lines
  3. The Crucified

Side 2:

  1. The Terror
  2. Onward to the Kingdom

Heirborne is part of the Kansas City scene that produced the Crusade Compilation and bands like Hot Pink Turtle and Dig Hay Zoose. The style here is usually listed as thrash metal, but I also hear some speed metal and early black metal influences – along the lines of Mercyful Fate/King Diamond. Nyk and Shane went on to be in Possession and then Frost Like Ashes. You can see the roots of those bands in this demo. Of course, this being 1990, I am sure this freaked many Christians out no matter what they lyrics were. Still, one of the top underground early releases in the Christian world of extreme metal. This is more extreme than Mortification, but a year earlier – and they were criticized for being too extreme when they came out.

Crusade Compilation Volume 1

Crusade Compilation Volume 1
1992 (no label)
Shawnee Mission, Kansas, USA

Side 1:

  1. Outcry – Majesty
  2. Hot Pink Turtle – Funky Creep
  3. Majesty – Electric Preacher
  4. Heirborne – A Tear for Babylon
  5. Outcry – Heaven’s Love

Side 2:

  1. Hot Pink Turtle – Breather
  2. Chancelus – I See You Cryin’
  3. Bloodpath – The Truth
  4. Embryo Chrysalis – Vengeance is Mine

This compilation was made to showcase Kansas City area bands it seems. I don’t know if there was ever a Volume 2. This one focuses mostly on heavy metal. Outcry is traditional power metal band – who happened to get help from Jeff Scheetz on guitar. Needless to say, they have some shred. Hot Pink Turtle was signed to R.E.X. Records and is probably the most well-known of the lot. They were more of a funk metal/Red Hot Chili Peppers band that always got lumped in with metal more than grunge for some reason. Majesty is a traditional metal band, but with slight speed leanings here and there. Heirborne is more on the speed metal side, with some black metal influences. Apparently members of this band went on to play in Possession and Frost Like Ashes. Chancelus is also a more traditional metal band with soaring lead vocals. Bloodbath is a bit more of a low-fi thrash/speed metal band. Finally, Embryo Chrysalis is a thrash/speed metal band that has alternating style vocalists and time changes that reminds me somewhat of Tourniquet. The quality of this tape is not bad, but definitely demo/underground levels.