Chainsaw: The Dawn of German Speed Metal

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The first of at least six CHAINSAWs in the metal toolshed, this lot of German headbangers released two 4-song demo tapes in 1985 — you’re about to hear the first. Years before speed metal would become the slick, processed assault spit by the likes of Bay Area’s best, biker rats like these guys struggled to hold onto their British Steel-era Priest roots after getting kicked in the ass by Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All. As a consequence, this demo is all over the place — talking about picking up hot mamas on a Saturday night out of one side of its mouth while warning of undead zombies on the other. Basically, Chainsaw are a loose, enthusiastic mess! And from their puffy white sneakers to their sleazy mustaches, they’re like a goony yearbook collage of all that was metal in 1985.

CHAINSAW (Germany) * First Demo, 1985 [29.8MB .rar]

Unfortunately, another Essen band called Kreator also recorded a debut demo in 1985, soon consigning Chainsaw and other NWOBHM-bound acts like them to the Kraut thrash heap. There’s a Chainsaw LP floating around out there called Hell’s Burnin’ Up!, featuring some ripe artwork of a chainsaw-wielding demon doing home improvements in an orange hell.

Thanks to Umlatta Phord of SUCK CITY for this de-MO!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Never heard of these guys, but yeah speed metal was really changing around 1985. You had bands like Exciter, Abbatoir and Savage Grace that sort of playing fast, but they didn’t quite bring the heaviness. Also bands like Venom and Raven that had influenced speed metal were now being run over by bands like Slayer, Exodus and Destruction.

  2. Thanks, slaughter — you’re absolutely right. The .RAR is fixed now, with the excellent “Speed Limit” on board. That song has about six endings!

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