New Society – World Order

New Society
World Order
1992 Roman Recordings
Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA

Rick Roman – Vocals, guitar, keyboards, sampling
James Wayman – Bass

Side 1:

  1. World Order
  2. The Beast
  3. Where’s the Rapture?

Side 2:

  1. World Order (mega mix)

At first I was confused about seeing a New Society tape that I had never heard of. But it turns out this is basically a cassette single of “World Order” from Election Fact 1C. “The Beast” is not the same song as the title track from Children of the Beast in 1992, while “Where’s the Rapture?” was re-recorded in a much different version on In Focus in 1993. So it seems you have an unreleased song, a new mix of another song, and a vastly different original version of yet another song on this tape. They also released Eternity in 1992, but it seems there were no songs shared with that tape. The sound is techno/electronic/industrial, with this tape having slightly more prominent distorted guitars than other tapes.

New Society – Eternity

New Society
1992 Roman Recordings
Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA

Rick Roman, Jr. – Vocals, guitar, keyboards, sampling, bass
James Wayman – Bass, keyboards

Side 1:

  1. Eternity
  2. Beware the Nicolaitan (In Between)
  3. Silent Scream
  4. White Room (Disco Remix)
  5. Rumors
  6. My Secret Symphony

Side 2:

  1. My Secret Symphony (Long mix)
  2. The Call (1987 Mix)
  3. Rumors (Work It Out)
  4. Play Thru Me

This tape is at least the 4th (that I know of) demo by New Society. On this release, New Society was a duo. The tape starts off with an almost-ambient almost-instrumental (some minimal percussion and a few spoken/whispered statements here and there add texture that you typically don’t get with ambient music) before jumping into techno-leaning industrial. The music kind of bounces back and forth between different flavors of techno-leaning industrial. The cover indicates that these songs are from a period of several years prior to this release, and the inclusion of different mixes of songs lends to the feel of a compilation. So how does this tape compare to 2019 free version they just released? It seems the 2019 version has different versions of most of the songs here, all that are longer or shorter than the original versions. “My Secret Symphony” was cut down to a minute and a half, for example. At least 8 new songs were added. Oh, and “Play Through Me” was renamed to “Sonic Voyage” on the 2019 version.