Lightforce – Yellow Demo

Lightforce
Yellow Demo
1986 (no label)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Phadrah Hirschfield – Lead vocals
Chris Miller – Guitar, vocals
Steve Rowe – Bass guitar
Rohan McDowell – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Run from Darkness
  2. The Crunch

Side 2:

  1. Come with Us
  2. Fishers of Men
  3. Pictures

This is (I believe) the second demo by the band that eventually morphed into Mortification. At this point, there were still a female fronted hard rock band. The band seems tighter and better practiced than the Blue Demo. “Come With Us” even has a heavy metal drive and attitude to it. “Fishers of Men” seems to have an early Barnabas influence if you ask me. I have also seen the song called “12 Men” on later compilations. The songs “Fishers of Men” and “Pictures” are repeated from the Blue Demo, so there are really only 3 new songs here. This one is another one that I only have mp3s of – apparently there were only 50 copies of this one made. Also, there are reports that Steve Rowe stated this demo was released in January of 1987, not in 1986.

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Lightforce – Blue Demo

Lightforce
Blue Demo
1986 (no label)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Phadrah Hirschfield – Lead vocals
Chris Miller – Guitars, additional vocals
Steve Rowe – Bass
Rohan McDowell – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Your So Kind
  2. Fishers of Men
  3. Pictures

Side 2:

  1. Come With Us
  2. Ballad on the Beach
  3. I Felt Your Love

I believe this is the first demo of the band that would evolve into Mortification. Well, either this one or the Yellow Demo. They both came out the same year. Of course the band would see everyone but Steve leave before they changed name as well as styles to death metal. The music here is female-fronted hard rock – and some of the musicians really need to practice. This kind of gives it a bit of a punk undertone in places. Some of these songs made it on to later Lightforce compilations, but not all.

Update: I only have mp3s of this demo from a trade – apparently the actual tape itself is incredibly rare, even among those that have incredibly rare collections. There were apparently only 30 copies ever made.