BLOODY ROOTS Presents: Demo-lition 3

This week's episode of BLOODY ROOTS, my weekly heavy metal history show on Sirius Hard Attack, is based entirely on demos digitized for this blog. Here's the playlist: AT WAR - "Eat Lead" from EAT...

Accept: Hi-Dee-Demo-Hi-Da…

Just a quick note to point out that crazy Accept archive Schlared.com has posted the German juggernaut's 1982 production demos for Restless & Wild. What a great find! These are high-quality recordings, but even...

Ice Age: Sugar and Spice, and Everything Ice

I'm putting together a Women in Metal episode of my Bloody Roots show for Sirius later this month, listening to lots of Gallhammer, Détente, Girlschool, and 13. So I guess I'm feeling extra-receptive to...

Go Directly to Superjail

Another guy named Christe who lives in my neighborhood is responsible for this unending spree of pain and violence, and it's soon to be offending lots of people on Adult Swim. If you can...

Death Metal Energy Drink?

Luckily I don't speak Spanish very well, so I don't understand the description of what Tormenta is supposed to do. Make the drinker vomit blood and retch profanities like a South American insulter of...

Incubus: Were They Morbid? Yes.

Of course this isn't the boy band Incubus, but it isn't the Louisiana act now known as Opprobrium, either. Briefly the scourge of Tampa, this demo is the product of ex-Morbid Angel members Sterling...

Devastation: A Re-Re-Creation of Ripping Death

Now here's a band whose head is screwed onto their legacy right. Devastation from Chicago didn't make as much headway as the Texas-based Slayer clones by the same name, but their nasty proto-death thrash...

Pimping the Ride of the Valkyries

What the fukkin-fukkity-fukk-fukk? Cheery black metal Swedes get their Audi adjusted by crunk king Lil Jon. LJ: "Where's your antenna?" CBMS: "We went to the forest one time, and then it was totally gone."

At War: (Without Satan)

If you ever wondered what Venom would have sounded like if they were gun-toting hillbilly beach bums from Virginia, then the trio At War are the camo-laden answer to your prayers. Presenting two fine...

Caught Between Heaven and Hell

If I owned a deli or a pizzeria, I would frame this photo and hang it on the wall. And I'd be wearing an apron.

Plotkin Calls His Metal Back

Righteous Pigs, Hellwitch, Excel, Casbah, Sadus, Wehrmacht, Attitude Adjustment...thanks to my friend the always-inspirational James Plotkin (Old Lady Drivers, Scorn, Khanate) for sending over this wishlist. The answer is YES, 90% of these demos...

Early Thrash Pics in GQ Germany

Judging by the the Deutsche edition of GQ, the pinnacle of men's style in Germany seems to be sweaty, sneering thrashers drooling beer from their snarling lips. They've published a handful of early '80s...

28 Blast Beats Later

Hard Attack listener Sage wrote me to request Goatwhore, and passed along a Flickr link to her hell-possessed eyeball. She's obviously infected with the Rage Virus, but some genetic mutation makes her a carrier...

Leviathan: Chris Barnes Before the Cough Drops

Amazing revelation time—I wanted to post this great 1987 deathly thrash demo by Leviathan, but the sparse packaging offered no details about the band. I did a little digging, and it turns out this...

Forced Entry: Seattle’s Best Thrash

The Pacific Northwest isn't known for being peppy, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that Seattle's best-known thrash metal export Forced Entry are the most joyless and workmenlike ragers ever to bark an open E-string....

Gratuitous Lordi Photo-Op

Eurovision winners/future Ozzfest heatstroke victims Lordi signing Pedon Meteli -- the Finnish version of Sound of the Beast -- as a gift for translator Jone Nikula.

Mustaine: "My Eyes Are Watering"

Funny footage here from French TV of Dave Mustaine struggling to play "Hangar 18," Guitar Hero II version, for the first time. "You are too much concentrating," says the helpful host. Watch for the shout-out to...

Vultures Interfere with Corpse Pit

From the new Six Feet Under CD Reuters: 'Body farm' on hold due to vultures A TEXAS university's plans for a site to study decomposing human remains have been put on hold due to fears that...

Sacrilege: Before Commercialism

"You can copy this tape and its cover all you want and spread it around -- thanks, Strephon Taylor." Okay! That's the handwritten message on this raging debut demo from El Cerrito's early thrashers Sacrilege...

Chainsaw: The Dawn of German Speed Metal

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...