Thursday, December 30, 2010


In need of this German band's demo; need the year and lineup.


Looking for the lineups for this Belgian band's Cry of the Warrior (1985) and Rehearsal (c. 1985) demos. Anyone know the exact year of the latter?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Battle Cries

Anyone have this British band's 1987 demo? Need the track listing.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Battle Bratt

In need of this New York band's 1984 demo (with "Tough (Too Bad)" and "Henchman"). Also need the lineups for this and their other 1984 demo, and Winds of Change (1987).

Monday, December 27, 2010

Battle Axe

Looking for this Japanese band's Battle Axe 3 demo from 1985.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Anyone have the following demos from this Brazilian band?: Give Me Beer (c. 1986, need the year and track listing), The Empire Is Falling (c. 1987, need the year and track listing), and Beginning a New Battle (1988).

Monday, December 20, 2010


In need of this Polish band's Prelude of the Ruin demo from 1989? Need the lineup also.


Looking for this Brazilian band's From the Ashes demo from 1989.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Anyone have this German band's The Unknown demo from 1986? Need the lineup for this, and their Nuclear Assault demo (1987).

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Battering Ram

In need of the lineups for this Belgian band's two demos: Breaking Through the Main Gate (1987) and Intruder (1989).

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Battering Ram

Looking for this Dutch band's demos: Halfway to Justice (1986) and Demo (1987). Anyone know who sang on the latter?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Anyone know the lineup for this Belgian band's Evil Legions demo from 1987?

Sunday, December 12, 2010


In need of this Pennsylvania band's 1989 rehearsal demo, and also the last name of thier bassist, Brian.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Looking for this Paraguayian band's 1987 demo, and the lineup also.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Bat Bones

Anyone know the hometown of this Japanese band, and the lineup for their 1989 demo?

Thursday, December 9, 2010


In need of the lineups for this British band's two demos, Blitzfreeze (1987) and Dead Religion Is a Good Religion (1988).

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Looking for this California band's 1989 demo.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Does anyone know where exactly this American band was from, and who played on their 1989 demo?

Bastard Squad

In need of this Pennsylvania band's demo, from 1988. Anyone know the exact year it came out, what the track listings are, and who played on it?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bastard Head

Looking for this British band's 1987 demo, Murder + Death.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bashful Alley

Can anyone tell me the exact lineups for this British band's demos from 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1984?


Anyone have this Swedish band's demos, International Hits (1988) and Beckomberga Ensemble (1989)? Need the lineups for each.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


In need of this German band's Rock Like the Age of… Barock!!! demo from 1988.


Looking for this Polish band's Solo demo from 1987, or at least its track listing.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bar Sinister

Anyone have this New York band's two demos? They are Sin Now… Pay Later (1988) and Live Sin (1989).


In need of this German band's No Answers demo from 1989.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Looking for this New York band's Rigor Mortis demo (1988) and The Battle with Death (1989).

Monday, November 29, 2010


Anyone have this Utah band's 1987 demo?

Sunday, November 28, 2010


In need of this Brazilian band's 1987 demo.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


In need of this Brazilian band's Sectarianism demo and their rehearsal, both from 1987.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Bang Gang

Anyone have this California band's demo from around 1989? Need the exact year it came out.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Bang Gang

In need of this New York band's demo, what city they were from, who played on it, and what the tracks were.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Anyone have this French band's 1981 demo?

Bang Bang

Looking for any info on this Swedish band, who released a 1988 demo.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Anyone know what city this UK band was from, who played on their demo, and what year it came out?


Anyone have this Norwegain band's first demo from 1987, and their 1988 rehearsal? Need the track listing for the latter, and the lineups for all three tapes (including 1989's Kællus Tapus).

Monday, November 22, 2010


Anyone have this Chilean band's 1989 demo, Wasted Technology?

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Looking for this French band's 1987 demo.


In need of this Connecticut band's Bustin Out demo from 1988. Need the lineup also.

Friday, November 19, 2010


Looking for this Dutch band's Who's Afraid of the Big Black Cat demo from 1988; need the lineup also.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bad Lizard

Anyone know who exactly played on this Belgian band's 1983 demo?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sample Review: Aftermath

Just to give a taste of what the reviews in DemoLition will look like, here's a peak at the entry for Aftermath (one of five included bands with that name). Keep in mind that this is a rough draft and can change before publication.

Aftermath (Chicago, IL)
• Demo #1 (1986, aka Sentenced to Death): Sentenced to Death / Revenge / Shotgun / The Aftermath
Charlie Tsiolis (v), Steve Sacco (g), Adam (b), Ray Schmidt (d)
• Killing the Future (June, 1987): When Will You Die / Going No Place / Chaos / Meltdown / War for Freedom
Charlie Tsiolis (v), Steve Sacco (g), Adam (b), Ray Schmidt (d)
• Words That Echo Fear (1989): Words That Echo Fear / A Temptation to Overthrow / Being / Experience
Charlie Tsiolis (v), Steve Sacco (g), John Lovette (g), Dan Vega (b), Ray Schmidt (d)
This well-known band came into being in October, 1986 with Tsiolis, Sacco, and Schmidt, adding Adam (last name unknown) on bass a few months later. Their first demo has a speed/thrash metal sound with vocals typical of the milieu. The songs are frantic, with lots of changes; their theme song is an instrumental that sounds almost like first-album Die Kreuzen. Killing the Future found them evolving into a crossover style that's really more hardcore than metal, with punkier vocals, riffing, and song structures; there aren't many leads, though the songs have more parts to them, like metal. Virtually relentless, there are plenty of ultra-fast parts and some good drumming; a solid tape if you're into this sound, and nicely recorded at Solid Sound Studios. Adam was fired around June of 1988 for pushing an Anthrax "jams" image, and they added Lovette and Vega, going back to a thrash vibe for the their last demo, also well-recorded at Solid Sound. The songs use of a lot change-ups and jerky rhythms, but also add a sense of dynamics missing from the earlier tapes. Probably would appeal more to technical thrash heads. All three tapes received good zine reviews. Their sole LP was partially financed by Big Chief Records in 1991 but not released until 1994. Recording a final demo in 1996, they lost the rights to their name to Dr. Dre (!) before reconfiguring themselves into alt rockers Mother God Moviestar. Also appeared on the Scream Your Brains Out! comp (Chain Reaction, 1988).

Bad Heaven

Need to nail down the lineups for this Texas band's two demos.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Status Update: The As

As of this writing, progress has been steady, but because of the sheer volume of demos I've been able to find out about, and track down, it's been slower than I thought it would be. I'm working through my second draft of the As, and doing the first draft of the Bs. Here are some stats for the As: I've documented 756 demos from 463 bands, and I've reviewed 404 of them (at least two hard listens each). Extrapolated out, we're probably looking at, for the whole book, around 8000 demos from 6000 bands, and I'll probably review half of those. I've got a huge task ahead of me, but it's been a real blast hearing a lot of great music, and revisiting things I haven't heard in 25 years.

Just wanna put a call out again for research materials: if you have any metal zines from the '80s and '90s, press kits, photos, whatever, please get in touch if you're interested in selling or donating. And if you have any of the demos listed on this blog, or if you were in one of the bands and can verify dates, song titles, locations, and personnel, please write. That includes hard rock, hair metal, crossover, grindcore, and any metal-influenced punk. This book will be as accurate and complete as possible.

Contact Robert Plante at

Bad Boy

Anyone have this Wisconsin band's Thinking of You demo (and know what year it came out), and any other demos from them?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bad Acid Trip

In need of this California band's 1989 demo, 12 Pack and a Dime.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


This Australian band, who changed their name to Disembowelment, released a demo around 1989. Anyone have it, or at least its exact year, track listing, and lineup?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Looking for this German band's 1984 and 1988 demos, the track listing for the earlier one, and the lineup for both.


Anyone have this Australian band's demo from around 1988? Need to know the exact year, what three songs were on it, and who played on it.

Monday, November 8, 2010


In need of this Belgian band's Demo 2 (1984). Need to know who played on this, and their first demo from 1983.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Who played on this California band's three demos?


Looking for this American band's Fire demo from 1989. Anyone know who played on it and where they were from?

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Who played on this Italian band's two demos?

Friday, November 5, 2010


Anyone have this California band's Left to Die demo from 1987? Need the track listing and personnel also.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


In need of any 1980s demos from this Italian glam/sleaze band. Anyone know anything about them?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Looking for this Belgian band's first demo from 1983 and second demo from 1984.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Anyone have this Italian band's Backfire tape from 1988?

Saturday, October 30, 2010


In need of this American hair metal band's Fire demo from 1989. Anyone know where they were from and who played on the tape? Did they do anything else?

Friday, October 29, 2010


Looking for this California band's Left to Die demo from 1987. Anyone know who played on it?


Anyone have any demos by this Italian glam band, or any info on them?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Baad Newz

In need of this Texas band's Details at 10 demo from around 1989. Anyone have any info on them?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Looking for this Dutch band's 1988 demo; aka Bring Your Own Beer.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Anyone have this Spanish band's 1986 demo and No Existe el Éden (1988)?

Saturday, October 23, 2010


In need of this Seattle band's two demos: Faster, Thrashing, Speed (1986) and Bang Till You Bleed (1987). Anyone know who played on them?

Friday, October 22, 2010


Looking for this German band's 1989 demo, and info on who played on it.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Anyone have the 1988 demo, Cabbage, Carrots & Potatoes, from these Germans?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

B.F.D. (Big Fucking Deal)

In need of this Missouri band's two demos: Just Say No (1987, need the track list) and Promo 88. Who played on them?

Monday, October 4, 2010


Anyone have this Italian band's 1982 demo, or at least know what songs were on it and who played on it?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Azul Limão

Looking for this Brazilian band's Demo 4 (1985), Vingança Promo (1986), and Demo 5 (1989).


Anyone have this Florida band's 1988 demo, Welcome?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


In need of this British band's Death Creed demo (1987) and their 10/87 rehearsal tape.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Anyone have this German band's Tears of the Trees demo from 1988?


In need of this Italian band's Time to Kill demo from 1987.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Looking for any demos by this New York band, featuring Charles Sabin of Toxic. Possibly really named Haction.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Anyone have this Rhode Island band's Institutional Courtesy demo from 1988?


In need of this Liverpool, UK band's Axes demo from 1983. Who was in the band and what songs were on it?

Friday, September 24, 2010


Looking for this German band's Death to You demo from 1987. Anyone know who played on it?


Anyone have this Ohio band's demo from 1986?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Axel Rudi Pell

In need of this German guitarist's 1989 demo.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Looking for all this Belgian band's demos: Attack 1 (1983), Effort 2 (1984), Demo (1985), We Won't Give Up (1985), Demo 1986 (1986), Visions of Tomorrow (1989).


Anyone have this California band's 1983 and 1988 demos? Who played on them?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Axe Victims

Looking for this German band's 1982 demo.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Axe Minister

Anyone have this Missouri band's two demos? They are Axe Minister (1987, need the track listing) and Evil Grows (1989). Need to know who played on them.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Axe La Chapelle

In need of this German band's 1988 and 1989 demos.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Axe Killers

Anyone have this Swedish band's 1984 demo, or at least know who was in the band and what tracks were on it?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Axe Hero

Looking for this Italian band's Drive in Metal demo (1982, need the track listing).