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Thursday, June 19, 2014

6 demo's in one file: SYRANAX (us/tx) "The Battalion Of Death" 1985 demo#1, ROTTING CORPSE (us/tx) - 1986 demo#1, HELLPREACHER (us/tx) "Resurrection" 1986 demo, TYRRANICIDE (us/ca) "Hiding Under White" 1986 demo, SAMHAIN (den) "The Courier" 1985 demo & SACRIFICE (jap) "Crest Of Black" 1986 demo

Here are 6 cult demo's all together in one file. 
The first 3 are cult Texas bands. 
We'll go demo by demo....

SYRANAX (us/tx) "The Battalion Of Death" 1985 demo #1
This is excellent raw brutal death thrash from Austin, Texas. There was a thriving scene in Texas in the mid-to-late 80's and Syranax was one of several who were excellent at their craft. It's dirty and a bit necro, but ripping and heavy. They even remind me a bit of Canadian's Terminated Rite. This is the first of 2 demo's they released.

1.  Pedifile
2.  Face The Blade
3.  Wheels Of Hades
4.  The Battalion Of Death

ROTTING CORPSE (us/tx) - 1986 demo #1
These Dallas Deathrashers came storming onto the underground scene with this killer death/thrash demo that takes its influence from Slayer, Possessed, Dark Angel & Exodus, yet they make it into their own Texas style - it's rabid and manic! Reminds me a bit of the band Burnt Offering. A totally killer cult release!

5.  Rotting Corpse
6.  War On Drugs
7.  Evil Slaughter


HELLPREACHER (us/tx) "Resurrection" 1986 demo
This is another of the cult Texas demo bands. This is dark evil death metal! Similar more to Necrovore, and in fact their drummer did play with Necrovore. Great morbid riffs, Slayer-like solo's, Possessed-inspired evilness and a tortured yell for vocals (maybe the ONLY weak point of the demo). They remind me a bit of Desecration (the Cali band). Some of the riffing on this demo is well ahead of it's time (especially "Parricidal").

8.  Resurrection
9.  Parricidal
10.  Inverted Crosses

TYRRANICIDE (us/ca) "Hiding Under White" 1986 demo #1
Some excellent thrash from California. What I really like about this band is the vocalist. He sounds deranged. He has a sick voice. Some might consider him to be a slight bit crossover in the way he yells some parts, but it's still kinda twisted, like in an The Accused sort of way. The music is dark thrash, either slow and vicious or fast and thrashing! Slayer-esque precision and great tempo changes. A highly recommended treasure from '86.

11.  Hiding Under White
12.  Summoned To Die
13.  Facing Reality
14.  Epilogue
15.  Cripples Revenge

SAMHAIN (den) "The Courier1985 demo

This is an already rather well-known cult demo, but I wanted to share my rip. This Danish band Samhain wrote killer evil thrash inspired by Celtic Frost, Slaughter, Bathory, Slayer & Possessed. The first song was featured on the Speed Metal Hell Vol. II compilation LP from 1986. This is a devastating release. After this demo they changed the band into DesExult and released more cult demo's.

16.  Plague Of Messiah
17.  Prince Of Evil
18.  Salvation

SACRIFICE (jap) "Crest Of Black" 1986 demo
Do not confuse this band with the Canadian one, even though it would be easy to since their logo's even look almost identical. This Sacrifice is from Japan and they're black thrash with some sick vocals that are sort of a cross between Sodom & Bathory. Musically they're not overly speedy, more mid-tempo evil metal that's heavy and performs it's task of making your head band and your fingers morph into the horns. They remind me a bit of Sabbat (jap) as well. A definitive cult release!

19.  Friday Nightmare
20.  Warfare


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