Stone Vengeance – To Kill Evil

Stone Vengeance
To Kill Evil
1988 Lilac Records (LR1010)

Michael Coffey – Guitars, lead vocals (tracks 1, 3-5), lyrics (tracks 1, 3-5), arrangements
Anthony Starks – Bass, backing vocals, lead vocals (track 2), lyrics (track 2)
Darren Thompkins – Drums, backing vocals

Side 1:

  1. To Kill Evil
  2. Time is at Hand

Side 2:

  1. The Persecution
  2. Bullfight
  3. Malice

This is one of the earlier demos by Stone Vengeance. All of these songs here appeared later on their self-titled 1990 demo (which itself was re-issued on CD in 1988 with extra songs under the titled To Kill Evil). Most of these songs had also been released on various demos and rehearsal recordings before this one like Wrath Cometh. These songs are fast and furious mixes of speed and thrash metal. The songs on here are similar to the ones on the 1990 demo, but very different recordings of each song. There were siren and explosion sound effects in some of the songs in 1990 that were not here. “The Persecution” and “Bullfight” are noticeably shorter than later versions, while “Malice” is noticeably longer. “Bullfight” is also really different than the later version, but you can tell it is still the same song. Some great metal that probably should have gotten wider recognition.

Stone Vengeance – Stone Vengeance

Stone Vengeance
Stone Vengeance
1990 Lilac Records (Lilac 2032)
San Francisco, California, USA

Michael Coffey – Lead vocals, all guitars
Anthony Starks – Bass, vocals
Darren Thompkins – Drums, vocals

Side 1:

  1. To Kill Evil
  2. Time is at Hand
  3. Pain
  4. The Great Controversy

Side 2:

  1. The Persecution
  2. Bullfight
  3. Malice
  4. Higher Now
  5. Wrath Cometh
  6. Long Live Stone Vengeance

Stone Vengeance was one of the first Christian metal bands – formed in 1978. I’m not sure if they released anything until 1985 (the date of their first demo as listed on many sites). As far as I can tell, this is their first full length release, with many songs being previously released on earlier demos. The sound here is mostly a pretty fast and ferocious mix of speed metal, thrash metal, and punk. The exceptions being the acoustic ballads “Pain” and “Higher Now,” along with the flamenco-ish intro “Bullfight.” Kind of weird the band never seemed to break out of the underground – they opened for some big name bands back in the day. Also of note, the song list on the cover appears to be wrong. Either that or they mislabeled the two sides of the tape.