Paris Red – Demo

Paris Red
1989 JC Rox Productions
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Maurice Magnum – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Mike Jordan – Lead guitar, keyboards, back-up vocals
Dav Rose – Bass guitar, back-up vocals
Wynn P. Britt – Drums, back-up vocals

Side 1:

  1. Tonight
  2. All Eyes on Him
  3. In Your Arms

Side 2:

  1. Everyone Wants to Make It
  2. Amazing Grace

So this a bit of a confusing demo. It seems to refer to two bands: Majesty and Paris Red. The cover is definitely for Majesty, but somethings are crossed out and the tape mostly refers to Paris Red. My guess is that Majesty was the name for Paris Red, but they decided to change names. But they still had some leftover J-cards, so they just updated them and started using those. But one interesting note is that this demo has one less song (“Everyone Wants to Make It”) than the officially released Paris Red demo in 1989. They sound like they were heavily influenced by Stryper, while leaning a bit more towards the Sunset Strip sounds as well. After this, the band released a demo in 1992 called Dibbs on Your Body.

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.