One of the first futuristic necro-tribes spawned in the wake of Voivod’s mid-80s ascent from Montreal, the thrash squad Cremains combined the Voivod vision with a chunky Crumbsuckers sensibility. A five-piece featuring two sets of musical brothers, they played a lot of regional shows around 1987. I saw them opening for the Accused, and also caught them one afternoon at a matinee moshfest in the upper floor of some office building. I had to leave early — the famously violent Montreal skinheads in the house seemed to be randomly pummeling longhaired metalheads, and I didn’t want to become an American hamburger.
As far as I know, this demo is Cremains’ only output, and it’s a shame. The vocal delivery of Chris Eldridge is unique, foreshadowing the weird mystical approach of Sylvain Houde in early Kataklysm. Most of the songwriting is furious thrashcore with loads of interesting changes, but there are moments like on the anthemic “Nuclear Carnage” that resemble the black metal overkill of Pure Holocaust-era Immortal. This is a very cool demo, and although not influential due to its obscurity, it should have been.
CREMAINS * “Back From the Graves” demo 1987 [33MB .rar]
The Quebec metal scene remains an insular and overlooked hotbed of technical aggression, spawning bands over the years like Voivod, Aggression, Martyr, Obliveon, Anonymous, Kataklysm, DBC, Soothsayer, Dying Fetus, and Groovy Aardvark. Check out this huge list of bands and links on DEADSTATION Quebec.
Hell yes! I did love Cremains and was in touch back in the old days with Chris! I did interview them for one of my zines back then… Check the zines covers there:
Ripping Headaches ‘zne (rip)
PS: Damnation, Treblinka and tons of others ruled back then in the Quebec scene!
FUCK YES!!! i was in 1 of the same classes as 1 of the Hebert brothers from Chateauguay, i remember bying this demo back then, i was doing acid at the time and i listened to the tape a whole night on auto-reverse on my boom-box while tripping… 😛
Thanks for the memories….
Hooray! I’ve had this demo dubbed on tape for ages & was in need of a digital upgrade. Thangyew!