Tempus Fugit – King of the Realm

Tempus Fugit
King of the Realm
1986? (no label)
Enfield, Connecticut, USA

  1. King of the Realm
  2. Tempus Fugit
  3. You
  4. Look at the People
  5. Keep the Fire Burning
  6. Escape
  7. Breakout
  8. Journey to Fantasy

This is a second demo by Tempus Fugit. I’m not sure if it is before or after Second Coming. My guess is that it is earlier demo, probably from 1986 (or earlier) as the title song “King of the Realm” appears on the Iron Tyrants Waging War compilation from 1986. As you can see, several songs from Second Coming appear here, although these are different recordings with slightly better production. The biggest difference is in the song “King of the Realm” – which has the intro singing back-masked for some reason, and doesn’t have that awesome multi-octave yell after that. The other songs on here that are not on Second Coming (“Look at the People,” “Escape,” “Breakout,” and “Journey to Fantasy”) I had to guess at their song titles. These songs sound a bit more progressive metal than the others. Also, the song “Keep the Fire Burning” would not play straight no matter how much I tried. The tape looked fine there, but there was obviously some kind of stretching or something that just made it garbled. Fortunately, it sounds almost just like the version on Second Coming.

Tempus Fugit – Second Coming

Tempus Fugit
Second Coming
1987 (no label)
Enfield, Connecticut, USA

David Brooks – Lead vocals
Ed Schreffler – Lead guitar
Jason Coyle – Bass
Adam Couture – Drums

Side 1:

  1. King of the Realm
  2. You
  3. Tempus Fugit
  4. The Speech of Christ

Side 2:

  1. Grace and the Glory
  2. Don’t Get in My Way
  3. Lies / Keep the Fire Burning

Do you remember Dr. Edward Daniel Taylor and the Sprinklerhead heavy metal parody on it? I think I have found the inspiration for that on this tape. The first song starts off with a long metal scream that starts off low and gets impossibly high by the end. Of course, it is done seriously here. This means the singer has a massive range, which will appeal to fans of power metal. Sometimes it seems like this band is leaning towards the progressive side, while other times there are ballads that lean towards the commercial metal side. There is also possibly an earlier demo by this band called King of the Realm.