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
This was a self released Demo from Rosanna’s Raiders in 1985. They also had one in 1984 with mostly different songs. This shows that they had a very good selection of songs before they were ever signed to a record deal. If you are familiar with Rosanna’s Raiders you might be a little surprised by this demo. I found it to be a little toned down from their label releases and in fact I think I prefer this toned down style. I was also pleasantly surprised by the quality of this demo. More often than not demos do not have the best engineering and production but in the case I found both to be excellent. This may actually be my favourite demo from the 80’s, at very least it’s in my top 10.
Tracklist 1 – We Are Raiders – 3:23 2 – Reflections – 2:50 3 – When You Woke Up This Morning – 4:50 4 – Spotlight – 4:24 5 – Masks – 3:56 6 – You Are My Rock – 3:42 7 – Why Don’t People Care – 4:28 8 – Hiding Behind Closed Doors – 4:51 9 – Whose Side Are You On – 4:26 10 – Mr. Magic – 6:02 11 – He Is Coming (Are You Ready?) – 2:44
Credits Dave Palmer – Bass Johno Zaffarese – Drums Rosanna Palmer – Guitar, Vocals Phil Butson – Producer, Engineer
Paradox were a relatively unknown Metal band out of San Antonio Texas. They released 2 demo’s in the 80’s and got a song released on the Underground Metal sampler in 1988. This is another band that I wonder why they didn’t get a full ride record deal. This band was performing right at the perfect time but for some reason were overlooked. I don’t think they were the best metal band of the era but they were good and there was some real talent here. They did finally get a “Record Deal” in 2011 with Demon Doll Records, a relatively small Indy metal label. The album was all old material as the band hadn’t recorded in years. I’m guessing if you’re not from Texas you are probably not familiar with their work but give it a listen so you are. If you’re still on the fence at least give their version of Amazing Grace, “God’s Amazing Grace” a listen. I kinda liked it.
Tracklist 1 – Power And Glory – 4:39 2 – I Just Want To Love You – 5:05 3 – Meet The King – 3:23 4 – Sweet Reunion – 5:22 5 – God’s Amazing Grace – 2:09
Credits Bass, Keyboards, Vocals – Phil Garcia Drums – Efrain Galicia Guitar – Fernando Hernandez Lead Vocals – Manuel Castillo
Some say that Messiah were the first Christian metal band. I can’t decide this argument as I just don’t have the knowledge of the genre to be sure but they have to be one of the first as they put out their first Demo in 1979. Their first release “Final Waning” in 1984 was a very short run release and this 1985 EP was also a very limited run release. Lucky for us Retroactive Records stepped up in 2010 and re-released this EP so that we could all enjoy it. They also included 3 tracks from the infamous 1979 demo. I have included them here. Too bad these guys are relatively unknown as there is some real quality metal here.
Tracklist 1 – Going Insane – 6:30 2 – We Will Rock – 3:57 3 – Heavenly Metal – 5:27 4 – Where Are You – 4:09 5 – Evil Lies – 5:00 6 – Lucifer (Demo) – 6:34 7 – Final Warning (Demo) – 7:07 8 – You’d Better Say A Prayer (Demo) – 6:03
Credits Bass Guitar – Dave Johnson Cover, Artwork – P. Schmoltz Drums – Keith Behnke Guitar – J. S. Wood Keyboards, Harmony Vocals – Dan Knowles Lead Vocals – Chuck Gugel
Companies, etc. Copyright (c) – IHM Records Phonographic Copyright (p) – IHM Records Phonographic Copyright (p) – Viniculum Music Publishing Inc. Record Company – Shepard Productions Recorded At – The Disc Ltd.
Saint started out as Power Faith in the late 70’s but didn’t last long. It reformed as The Gentiles in either 80 or 81 and this is the demo they recorded under that name. The lineup would change again after/during the change of name to the Saint we are now familiar with. Lucky for their fans the demo was resurrected in 2001 by M8 Distribution and has been re released two more times since then. It is very very rough but is a nice insight into the early days of the band.
Tracklist 1 – Abyss – 3:22 2 – Worrying World – 2:52 3 – Self Made Man – 5:48 4 – Space Cruiser – 4:46
Credits Bass – Richard Lynch Drums – Unknown Guitar – John Mahan Vocals – Max Clark
Don’t know much about this band except that Steve Patrick of Holy Soldier was the lead on this project. Strangely he is credited as Steve O’Donnell and there is a Sean O’Donnell credited also. None of the rest of the names in the band seem to have done anything else so this little gem will remain a mystery. I was researching Steve Patrick and was happy to see he’s still making music. His most recent album is country and is actually pretty darn good.
Tracklist 1 – Kill ‘Em With Love – 5:47 2 – Hell On Wheels – 6:17 3 – Emerald Stare – 4:31 4 – Revelation – 2:30 5 – Grave Beneath The Willow – 5:59
Credits Bass, Keyboards – Kelly McDonald Drums – David McNinch Keyboards, Lead Guitar – Sean O’Donnell Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar – Steve O’Donnell
Contagious were a Metal band our of California. This was their short run demo that was released on vinyl. They had an album subsequent to this on Regency records. I kind of liked this demo but I feel the production left a little to be desired. The info says that it was produced by Randy Thomas but I sincerely doubt it was the SCB Randy Thomas. While some of the songs are rather simplistic I took a liking to “He’s The Light” but unfortunately it didn’t make it onto their subsequent album.
1 – Water Then Fire – 3:00
2 – Jesus Is The Way – 3:40
3 – He’s The Light – 2:45
4 – One Way, One Truth – 3:04
5 – Nowhere To Run – 3:13
6 – Lost And Lonely – 3:57
Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals – Mark Lewis
Drums, Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Ryan Crampton
Engineer – Fred (On The Road) Tadesco, Randy Thomas
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Mike Gribionkin
Mastered By – Wally Traugott
Photography By – Rick Bergquist
Producer – Contagious, Randy Thomas
Written-By – Lewis, Gribionkin, Crampton
Recorded At – Lamda Studios
Mastered At – Capitol Mastering
Distributed By – Regency Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Contagious Music
Copyright (c) – Contagious Music