Sunday, March 19, 2017

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In my endless quest to produce a decent sounding version of the Earth Crisis - Demo 1993, I finally got my hands on multiple cassette copies. I ripped each full tape to WAV files, isolated the best sounding version of each song, adjusted levels and remastered as a final group for continuity.

In regards to Time Of Strife and whether it belongs as a part of this demo recording, I contacted Scott Crouse, and he gave me a rundown:

 There are actually 2 versions of Time Of Strife. The demo was originally 9 songs, but we didn’t like that version of Time Of Strife so we never included it on any copies that went to other people. It was mostly clean vocals and musically pretty different than where it ended up on the Structure Records comp. So the short answer is no, I think the version you have was not done in the same recording session. I don’t know if the anyone has the “original” version anymore. I think only band members would have it and I’m pretty sure none of us even have a copy of that demo.

As you can imagine, there are still limitations when dealing with 25 year old cassettes, but I think this is, by far, the best sounding version of the demo out there. For all the total nuts out there, here it is, in your choice of 320k mp3s or FLAC files.

(actual cover sent with tapes to record labels)

Earth Crisis - Demo 1993
 https://www.mediafire.com/?96594hqyeu1wb6y 
(320k mp3)

http://www.mediafire.com/?s9wuka9esngtxw8
(FLAC)

 


Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Pre-orders for the double LP Despair discography "Four Years Of Decay" will be going live at 3pm est/12pm pst today (3/18/17) through Safe Inside Records


Safe Inside has cooked up all kinds of cool stuff to coincide with this release, including shirts/hoodies and the chance to win test presses and original t-shirts with every pre-order.


Check it out over at Safe Inside Records.

And if you haven't heard of Safe Inside yet, they're a new label being operated by two former members of San Diego stalwarts, Built To Last.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

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I'm sure you're all familiar with Chicago's early 90s heavy hitters, Everlast, thanks to their Drown The Self 7" that was released on Chapter Records in 1994. This demo from 1993 is no less of a juggernaut, but has a bit of a more raw feel with the recording. It contains four tracks that were not re-recorded for the 7" or Cold War compilation.


Everlast - Demo 1993

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


South Florida's own Ecostrike is now streaming their new 7" via Carry The Weight Records. Boasting four new tracks of Vegan Straight Edge hardcore in the vein of bands like Strife, Spawn, and early Earth Crisis, the record will be available for pre-order in January.

In the meantime, stream the 7" here.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

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I was going through a pile of old VHS tapes the other day, and I came across this quick set of Another Victim playing at YMCAin Arlington Heights, IL on 12/19/98.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I remember driving up to this show in Seattle, as there was no Oregon date booked for the tour. Definitely not a bad way to kick off 2003.





Friday, December 9, 2016


Don't finalize those "Favorite Demo of the Year" lists quite yet, as this late addition to the party for 2016 may tempt you to reconsider yours. xElegyx is a punishingly heavy new Vegan Straight Edge band from South Florida playing Metallic Hardcore in the "Edgemetal" style, specifically reminiscent of German bands like xMaroonx and early Caliban. Great stuff here, and along with bands like Castyoudown, Ecostrike, Drawing Last Breath, and Sandman, xElegyx is an awesome new addition to the boom of 90's-era influenced/metal-tinged hardcore that has been surging out of South Florida recently. The demo is streaming now and tapes will soon be available through U.K.-based label Rage Records.

Stream the demo here.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

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I can distinctly remember the first time I heard Undying. My friend had just gotten a shipment of new releases for his distro, and knowing how much I loved the Day Of Suffering CD, he heavily urged me to take a listen to Undying's 'This Day All Gods Die' EP. I went over to his house to pick it up along with some other new stuff, and it was the first thing that I put on in my car. That EP didn't just blow my mind, it splattered my brain throughout the interior of my car. The mix of thrash/black metal speed, the urgency and breakdowns of hardcore, and the melody of one of my all time favorite bands, My Dying Bride, was the absolute perfect combination for me.

Over the years, I happily booked and played many shows with Undying and was fortunate enough to see them play in multiple states and multiple countries. They never once disappointed me, but over the many years, the one thing that has always eluded me was the demo tape. That all changed quite recently when I finally acquired a copy from a pal like Rich Thurston. Another rip of this demo has floated around the internet for years being labeled as 'Demo 1999', but that is inaccurate. This Day All Gods Die was released in January of 1999, and recorded in August of 1998, so obviously, this demo pre-dates that. Just to be sure, I consulted James Chang, and here's what he had to say about the demo recording:
"I remember that it was freezing when we recorded it. I recorded it in our practice space, and we couldn't leave the space heater on while recording guitars because it dropped the voltage on our amps and made them sound like shit, ha. The band started towards the end of 97 though, and we were together a bit before the demo, so I've got to figure early 98."

Two downloads are below. One clean rip straight from the tape with no alterations, and a remastered version that I think sounds extra nice (both at 320k). Take your pick, or download both, whatever suits you.


 Undying - Demo 1998

Remastered 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

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With an upcoming .fortydaysrain. reunion show on December 2nd in Worcester, MA and a discography cassette soon to be released on Blasphemour Records, this seemed like a good time to rip the Cannae demo.

After .fortydaysrain. parted ways with their third singer, the remaining members shifted gears a bit and started Cannae along with a member of Grimlock. This three song demo was recorded over the course of one night by Adam Dutkiewicz at Zing Studios. Track two, Screened In, also happened to be one of the final .fortydaysrain. songs.

Cannae - Demo MCMXCX

Pre-orders have also now gone live for the .fortydaysrain. t-shirt and discography cassette over at Blasphemour Records


Sunday, September 4, 2016

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If you've been reading this site or had an affinity for 90s hardcore for long, I'm sure you're well aware of Conviction. They helped pioneer a distinct metallic turn in the realm of hardcore and straight edge in the early 90s. But before they went blazing down that trail, they went under the name Transmission.

In 1989, Transmission recorded and released a seven song demo tape that fit more in line with other youth crew bands of the era than the metallic fervor that would soon appear. Sometime after releasing the demo, Chris from Smorgasbord offered to put out a 7". Before the recording session could take place, Jim Winters moved in on bass (where he had previously filled in before), but he soon switched over to guitar to make room for Ron Mann as the permanent bassist. Of course, all of this also pre-dates the addition of Jonathan Pushnik as the drummer of Conviction.

Only one song from this demo tape, Statement Of Pride, would later find its way onto the Conviction 7" of the same name. Give it a spin, and hear the beginnings of the beast that soon came to be.


Transmission - Demo '89