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 K├Žllus 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 forbiddeneyedesign@gmail.com.

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.