Urgent Cry were a band out of Vandalia, Ohio. They released 2 demos but were never signed by a label. This is their first demo and it’s pretty good. It has a nice pop rock sound and is musically sound. Unfortunately the vocals are a bit weak. I think the vocal skills were there but Steven just needed a little guidance. This is a good example of the difference a good producer could have made. While the engineering was actually very good I think they needed a producer to pull it all together. One thing I really like that this band did was to release their demo cassette with all 4 tracks on each side. This means the cassette would last twice as long. Given the quality of these bulk cassettes I really liked it when bands did this.
Tracklist 1 – Cry In The Wilderness – 3:57 2 – Unexpected – 3:48 3 – Christ Is The Answer – 3:51 4 – No Pantomime – 4:06
Credits Darryl Gibson – Drums, acoustic guitar Kevin Landon – Bass, keyboards Bill Kuhn – Lead Guitar Steven Mikel – Lead vocals, flute
One Bad Pig actually originated out of a one time performance at a local Texas music festival. I’m guessing they were pretty well received as the band decided to keep going and recorded this demo. The band at this point was imitating early 80’s punk. It was well received by their fans even though the sound had actually been overdone in the secular industry. That said punk was virtually unknown in Christian music so it was a new sound for fans. I have listened to some of their later work and I see real talent but quite frankly I just don’t hear a lot of talent here. I was a big listener of secular punk music in the early 80’s and quite frankly they just don’t measure up. That said I respect that they were doing something new and the CCM industry really needed new sounds at the time this band came along. If you are a big fan of OBP this is a must listen but don’t expect the quality they would later be know for.
Tracklist 1 – Six – 2:30 2 – Sleepin’ With The World – 1:58 3 – Make Me Burn – 3:39 4 – Blow And Go – 2:18 5 – Anarchy Is Prison – 3:04 6 – Life’s A Bomb – 2:19
Credits Artwork [Cover Art], Design – Capital Spectrum, Kevin Phelan, Ronnie Bronson Bass, Vocals – Kevin Phelan Guitar, Songwriter [Song], Vocals – Paul Q-Pek Lead Vocals [Lead Screams], Lyrics By [Lyric] – Carey Womack Percussion – Jon Taylor Engineer [Engineered By], Mixed By – Kerry Crafton Photography By – David Davis Producer [Produced By] – Kerry Crafton, One Bad Pig
This is where it all started for Bride. If you don’t know Bride were originally called Matrix and this is their first Demo. There are several versions of this demo and some apparently have different tracks so don’t hold us to this particular lineup. Apparently this demo was cut fairly early in the bands development which is rather amazing if you listen to it. Apparently none of these tracks ever made it onto an album which is a real pity as there are some really really good songs here. To be honest I’m quite surprised how good this demo really is. These guys had it together and they had it together quick. Some of the tracks lean a little more Rock & Roll than the work they would be best known for and I sure would have liked to hear more from them in this style. To me the standout track is “Spell House” which has a bit of a Rush feeling to it. Maybe not the best track on the Demo but it’s the one that stood out to me. Best track? For me it is probably “What’s The Point?”.
Tracklist 1 – We Got The Rhythm – 3:19 2 – Who Killed The Rock Hero – 3:24 3 – Get Away – 3:10 4 – What’s The Point – 4:36 5 – Good Rock ‘N’ Roll – 3:19 6 – Stand Up And Shout – 3:01 7 – West Of The Moon – 2:13 8 – Spell House – 3:13 9 – To Make You Think It’s Real – 3:00 10 – Missing Children – 4:35
Credits Drums – Steve Childers Guitar, Bass – Troy Thompson Vocals, Bass – Dale Thompson Photography By – Scott Hall Songwriter [All Songs Written By] – Dale Thompson, Troy Thompson
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is probably best known to us as the band of Robert Turner/Been the son of Michael Been. Interestingly in the early years of BRMC Robert used the pseudonym of Turner so he was not connected to his rather famous father. That said the band deserves to be enjoyed for who they are regardless of relations. This was their first release and it was self released with only 500 CD’s printed. Yes ownership of an original copy of this is something to be proud of. For the main part the album is made up of tracks that would appear in subsequent studio albums with only small changes. An example of one of those changes that was rather significant is the track “Suddenly” is sung by Peter Hayes instead of the later version sung by Robert. The 13th track has a bonus song if you sit through 2 minutes of silence (we’ve deleted that silence) you are treated to the “I’m Gonna Take My Time” part of “Rifles”. This is the first thing I listened to by BRMC and it won’t be the last as I really like what I’m hearing here.
Tracklist 1 – Love Burns – 3:40 2 – Too Real – 4:56 3 – Red Eyes And Tears – 4:03 4 – U.S. Government – 3:58 5 – Evol – 5:54 6 – Suddenly – 5:12 7 – Screaming Gun – 4:45 8 – At My Door – 3:35 9 – White Palms – 4:55 10 – Rifles – 5:30 11 – Down Here – 3:16 12 – Fail-Safe – 4:19 13 – Salvation – 13:48
Credits Artwork By [Painting] – Nick Jago Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Written-By – Robert Turner Drums, Percussion – Nick Jago Engineer – Peter Hayes Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Written-By – Peter Hayes Mixed By [Additional] – Masaki Photography – Lindsay Ljungkull Producer, Performer, Mixed By – B.R.M.C.
This is the second Demo from Holy Saint. The first was in 1988 entitled “Babylon”. Both were well received and the band developed a strong cult following. Strangely a couple of the band name used monikers and I can’t actually find any information on who they really were. Sadly information on them is lost to time as is so much info on these little known 80’s CCM bands. The album was finally reissued on CD in 2005 by Retrospect Records however they didn’t include the final track which is the band testifying to their listeners. Personally I think it should have been included as it’s a really well done testimony. That said this is a demo and the quality lacks a little bit but the quality of the band shines through and this is a much listen if you were a metal head in the day.
Tracklist 1 – Crying Out – 4:17 2 – Love Never Fails – 4:54 3 – Walking A Fine Line – 4:20 4 – 777 – 3:58 5 – Christ Is The Answer – 4:06 6 – Come Unto Me – 5:18 7 – Call On Your Name – 6:29 8 – Give Your Life Away – 4:45 9 – Message From The Band – 8:56
Credits Chris Brooks – Lead Vocals Radical Rad – Guitars Pat Tharp – Bass Bruce Atomic – Drums
Lust Control was formed by Doug Van Pelt. He brought together Maury Millican, Philip Owens, and Paul Q-Pek into the project. Strangely Owens and Q’Pek are from One Bad Pig. Lust Control were doing something different in singing (I use that term loosely) about very controversial topics. They maintained an anonymous identity by using pseudonyms on the albums and even more strangely wearing ski masks while performing. This was their demo and was also put on cassette and CD for sale. They quickly developed a cult following however their controversial (read bizarre) nature pretty well terrified most the record companies so no record deal was gong to happen obviously. As for my opinion? I hate thrash, not just dislike, I actually hate it. That said I found the album humorous and fun and I really don’t think they were taking themselves too serious which isn’t a bad thing. I understand why they do have fans though because no one was doing anything this controversial.
Tracklist 1 – Grace – 1:43 2 – Rude Awakening – 0:43 3 – Madolyn Murray O’Hair – 2:07 4 – Wretched – 0:14 5 – Apocalyptic Nightmare – 2:56 6 – I Want To Die – 1:22 7 – Mad At The Girls – 1:54 8 – The Big ‘M’ – 3:49 9 – You Make Me Puke – 1:37 10 – There Is A Fountain/Grace Reprise – 2:42
Credits Doug Van Pelt – Vocals Maury Millican – Bass Philip Owens – Drums Paul Q-Pek – Guitar Steve Allen – Producer, Engineer Paul Lamond – Engineer
As I understand it this was Fighter’s first demo. 2 of the tracks got released on their first album, “Radio Man”, and “Face To Face”. “Leo” and “Irresponsible Evil” remained unreleased until 2019. In 2019 these four tracks were bonus material on a re-release of Fighters first album, The Waiting. Do not confuse this with the 2019 Girder Records release “The Fighter Demos” which is a collection of most of their demo work but not these 4 tracks.
Tracklist 1 – Radio Man – 4:38 2 – Leo – 3:15 3 – Face To Face – 5:27 4 – Irresponsible Evil – 3:24
Credits Bass – Jim Wolter Drums – Sean Murphy Guitar – Billy Heller Keyboards – Mark Pence Lead Vocals – Amy Wolter, Sean Murphy
100% Proof were a band from Stockport, Manchester that formed in 1978 under the name “Thin Ice”. The band was having some success touring the local area and they went into the studio to record this EP, financed out of their own pocket, to sell at their concerts. It’s actually a 7 inch recorded at 33 1/3 which is relatively rare. This EP has a slightly more punk sound than the Rock & Roll sound they would be better known for on future releases. While I really enjoy their sound on their two commercial releases I really love this sound and wish we could have got more. The quality of the EP was an issue but I have cleaned it up as best as I could. I love early band releases like this and this one is no exception.
1 – New Way Of Livin’ – 4:58
2 – Lookin In – 2:22
3 – What’s The Cost – 5:04
4 – Resurrection – 3:49
Bass – Steve Harrison
Drums – Phil Wright
Engineer [Sound Engineering] – Ray Buckley
Guitar, Vocals – Charlie Wilson
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Steve Wright
Photography By – Dave Owen
Producer – 100% Proof, Ray Buckley
Sleeve – Pete Smith
Recorded At – Pluto Studios
Label – Smile
I was quite surprised when I came across this demo from Crossection. Their first album was actually a demo that got picked up by a label but I did not know there was a previous demo. I am assuming this was actually available for sale at their concerts through western Canada. This albums has a good raw feel and is not overproduced so it’s Rock & Roll sound and feel works. The band could have been a little tighter but it’s a light criticism of the album as I love the unpolished sound. If you enjoyed their 2 albums you should love this demo as it’s always nice to hear where a band came from. Only 2 tracks on this demo were released on their fist album so the other 8 are completely new tracks. I actually would have liked to have heard some of the new tracks in a fully polished and produced form because some of them are really good songs.
Tracklist 1 – Inside Out – 3:38 2 – Hard and Hungry World – 3:03 3 – Prodigal – 3:54 4 – Love Is Who You Are – 4:46 5 – Mercy – 3:57 6 – Things Aren’t The Same – 3:32 7 – Solid Rock – 3:14 8 – Child Of The King – 2:56 9 – Do Life Once – 2:36 10 – Forever Is Tonight – 3:36
Credits Arranged By, Keyboards, Vocals – Dale Johnson Bass, Vocals – Bruce Rawling Drums – Martin Zinger Lead Guitar, Vocals – Nevin Eggum Producer – Crossection, Carson Cole Vocals, Guitar – Doug Rawling
Companies, etc. Recorded At – Soundboard Studio, Sedgewick AB
Torah were a 4 person Metal band out of Decatur IL and this is all we got from them. I can’t really find out much about them but they sound like a pretty good Metal band. The problem with 1988 is that there were a lot of Christian Metal bands at the time and I assume these guys got lost in the crowd. They did get the track “Pray for the Children” released on a Metal sampler “Big Rage! Volume 1” which I can not find a copy of. There are a few videos of them on YouTube and they do have an active Facebook group so good to see they are still around.
Tracklist 1 – Rock and Roll Warriors – 4:03 2 – Dreams – 3:33 3 – Don’t Reign on My Parade – 3:43 4 – Pray for the Children – 6:04