Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dawn Of Orion - Twilight Eternal demo

Dawn Of Orion was a short-lived metalcore band from Georgia, they were around from 1997 till 1999/2000 or so. Their sound was far more metal than hardcore, similar to Day Of Suffering and Arkangel. They were also heavily anti-religious in imagery and lyrical content. Here's their 'Twilight Eternal' demo from 1997, I believe it's the only demo they did. I can't remember how I got hold of the demo, I might have gotten it from Erik, their guitar player. I sent the band an interview (by snailmail of course) for a zine I planned on doing (which never happened), probably after hearing their 7". He wrote me a letter with answers etc, which I've probably lost many years ago, and I imagine this demo. No idea how else I could've gotten it. Anyways, this is an awesome demo, very metal, very 'evil' and very good.

Besides this demo from 1997 they released the 'On Broken Wings' 7" on Undecided Records in 1998 and the 'For The Lust Of Prophecies Undone' CD on Immigrant Sun Records in 1999, both also awesome and well worth seeking out. The CD has re-recordings of a couple of demo-tracks btw. Band members would move on to more full-on death metal bands like Signs Of Dying & Vastion.

Dawn Of Orion - Twilight Eternal demo

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cloudburst - '98 demo

I posted Cloudburst's 7" a few weeks ago here, and afterwards Sam from the excellent UK band Renounced contacted me that he had their demo. He was kind enough to part with it, so I ripped it.
The band was still called Cloud Burst at this stage, but they already played the style of their later material. Great demo in the same vein as their 7", a mix of metallic hardcore with more emo/screamo influences. If you enjoy their 7", definitely check out the demo as well. Now I definitely need to get their split 10" with Anomie!

Cloudburst - '98 demo

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Crossfire (UK)

If you've been following my blog over the years you might have noticed I regularly bought/buy records of bands I don't know based solely on the artwork. Take Crossfire from the UK. I used to see their 'Lost' 7" regularly in random distro's and eventually bought it simply because of the way it looked, it interested me. It's not a classic, but it's good, so no regrets, haha... The 7" is pretty decent, mixing an old school sound with a more slowed down 90s sound. The well-written socio-political lyrics deal with subjects like women's rights and religious fanaticism. The 7" was released in 1993 on RPN Records out of Germany.

In recent years I also managed to pick up their demo from 1992 on one of my visits to the UK, either at All Ages in London or Punker Bunker in Brighton (both awesome record stores well worth visiting if you're ever in London or Brighton!). More old school sounding than the 7", it's still a nice listen. The guitars have a nice heavy crunch to them, giving the demo a slight crossover feel. Anyways, despite seeing their 7" all the time over the years, I still know nothing about them, hahaha... If anybody has some more info on this band, please leave a comment.

Crossfire - demo
Crossfire - Lost 7"