globalWAVEsystem – Will Not Play With Power

Will Not Play With Power
1992 SLAVA Music

A.T. Matthew
Christopher Buchholz

  1. Evaluate
  2. X
  3. 2CINC!
  4. Commitment
  5. Plug Out
  6. G.S.E.B.

This was a surprise “release” of sorts. Christian Erickson decided to clean up these songs and put them for download on Facebook. These are basically the really rare demo songs before the band released Life Equals Death on Frontline Records. There are two mixes of this tape. Will Not Play With Power1.0 was the original mix that wasn’t released. Will Not Play With Power1.35 was mixed by Troy Motz and has some changes to effects and sounds here and there. Only 49 copies of 1.35 were sold at Cornerstone 1992 and through the mail. They came with a hand splatter-painted tape. All of the songs here were re-recorded on Life Equals Death except for Evaluate. They were often compared to Skinny Puppy, which is an obvious influence, but you can hear other influences and sounds in there as well. You can see why they were signed after this demo (I believe it was first to Blonde Vinyl, but then sold to Frontline when BV went under).

The Bumpus Hounds – The Pit Dug for the Wicked

The Bumpus Hounds
The Pit Dug for the Wicked
1990 fff Music
Cedar Park, Texas, USA

Eric Shirley – Vocals and lyrics
Oatmeal – Instruments and music

Wally Shaw – Recorded, produced, engineered, and wrote “Sanctuary” (as Icon Tack)
MC White E – Guest appearance on “Temple”
Stephen Wagers – Guest appearance on “Temple”

  1. World’s End
  2. Blind Hate
  3. Temple
  4. Thrown Away
  5. Sanctuary

This is yet another project involving Oatmeal (Red Ink / Tone Deaf / etc). This one also pulls in Wally Shaw of Deitiphobia fame. The sound is guitar-centered industrial with heavy riffs, fast beats, samples, and distorted vocals that are often shouted or whispered. “Temple” is a killer song that features Wally… errrr…. “MC White E” on one of his few appearances. This was a SLAVA Music release before they joined with Blonde Vinyl, so it mentions asking for a SLAVA catalog. Wish I could still find one of those catalogs! The sound was also compared to Godflesh, or even Ministry meets Deitiphobia. I can see that. Apparently this act was signed to Blonde Vinyl at one point, but an album never materialized, unfortunately. Icon Tack is also briefly mentioned on this tape, as the song “Sanctuary” was apparently an Icon Tack song at first. Icon Tack was also Wally Shaw – it was originally a project called Sanctus that changed names to Icon Tack. There was also a demo tape at one time, and Icon Tact was also supposed to release an album called Clean on Blonde Vinyl. That never happened, but some or all of that project morphed into Deitiphobia’s Clean album a few years later. All of this “could have been” stuff is kind of sad.