Martyr – Imminent Warfare

Imminent Warfare
1988 (no label)
Redondo Beach, California, USA

Prado – Lead vocals, bass
Michael “Bones” Van Asch – Lead guitars, rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars, background vocals
Marcus N. Colon – Lead guitars, rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars, background vocals
John Waldron – Drums, background vocals

Josh Kramer – Additional background vocals
Chris Ackerman – Additional background vocals

  1. Abomination
  2. C if U Like This
  3. Plead the Blood
  4. Imminent Warfare

So this is the second demo and second line-up for Martyr. Both of the guitarists and the drummer from 1987’s Death is Dead are no longer in the band. It also seems that Van Asch and Waldron would leave before 1989’s Frantic. Some of the song titles on here might sound familiar, as it seems that guitarist Marcus Colon took “Plead the Blood” with him when he formed Betrayal. The sound here is pretty much 80s thrash, with lots of fire and a good amount of speed. They even touch on some speed metal in the last song. It seems that all four of the songs here made it on to their Wickenstraut compilation in 1993.

Martyr – Death is Dead

Death is Dead
1987 (no label)
Van Nuys, California, USA

David Prado, Jr – Lead vocals, bass guitar
Mark Johnson – Lead guitar, BGVs
L.D. Maples – Rhythm guitar
Davey Mowry – Drums

  1. KDA
  2. Golgotha
  3. Get Christ in You
  4. Bad P.R.
  5. False Prophets
  6. True Love
  7. KKK
  8. No Goats
  9. Death is Dead

Early thrash metal from a band that many think was the original version of Betrayal. But that is not really true. After this demo, Marcus Cohen joined the band for two demos Imminent Warfare in 1988 and Frantic in 1989), and then went on to form Betrayal with the drummer and guitarist of the last line-up of Martyr (it changed on each demo). But this line-up of Martyr did not last beyond this demo, as it seems only David makes it to the next recording. Still, this is top level thrash with some crossover tendencies (most songs are 2 minutes or less except for one). All of the songs here except for “Get Christ in You” and “Death is Dead” made it on to the 1993 compilation Wickenstraut.