Weeping Prophet – On the Verge of Tears

Weeping Prophet
On the Verge of Tears
1992 (no label)
Akron, Ohio, USA

Jim Workman – Vocals
Stewart Hilton – Guitars
Walt Wise – Bass
John Joyce – Drums

Side 1:

  1. The Voice
  2. Diotrephes

Side 2:

  1. The Warning
  2. p32

Finally – the long lost Weeping Prophet demo! Their later demo Broken seems to be all over the place if you dig for bootleg mp3s, but I have never seen this demo out there. Weeping Prophet are usually described as “progressive/thrash metal,” and that mostly holds true here. I would say this is less progressive and more thrash, but there are still some progressive elements. In some places, if they had pushed the progressive angle and made the rough style vocal moments a bit creepier, they would have sounded like Tourniquet. As it is, songs like “Diotrephes” seem to still have a strong Tourniquet influence. Also, the sound on this demo is a bit cleaner than Broken was. The band member names really aren’t given on the tape. There is a drawing of the bands hair with mostly illegible signatures under each one, and then extensive thank you lists from Jym, Stu, Walt, Ed (the manger), and John. I am assuming that these were the same band members as listed on Broken later, so I have used that info above. It could be wrong, though.

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Weeping Prophet – Broken (rough mix)

Weeping Prophet
Broken (rough mix)
1993 (no label)
Akron, Ohio, USA

Jym Workman – Vocals
Stewart Hilton – Guitars
Walt Wise – Bass
John Joyce – Drums

  1. Circle of Blood
  2. Revelation
  3. Laughter
  4. Slaughter of the Innocent
  5. Anorexic

So this was originally labeled as “Ruff Mix” by Weeping Prophet. I was hoping that it was the On the Verge of Tears demo that I have never heard [update: now I have]. But it turns out this is a rough mix of the Broken demo. Which is still a cool demo, but you can find mp3s of it online if you dig. Also, the final demo was also rough, so I am not sure what they cleaned up. Weeping Prophet is progressive thrash band that got some attention through various ads in Heaven’s Metal magazine back in the day. All the info above comes from various online websites that have posted scans of the full cassette release. All this cassette had was a phone number on the tape, and then a business card for Jym Workman from his company of “Witness Wear” clothing.