Saturday, June 27, 2015

Spirit Of Youth "Engine / Darkroom" cassette

Probably one of the hardest to find releases of Spirit Of Youth. This is the cassette single released on Sober Mind Recordings in 1993. There is a lot to tell about this one, so let's start with it.

Spirit Of youth "Engine / Darkroom" professionally manufactured cassette

Spirit Of Youth started out as a 100% Old School band that played fast straight edge music. During the demo phase they played in vein of early Dag Nasty since the singer Edward was totally into such bands. But soon after they released their 7 inch on Crucial Response they started to play with a lot more groove. They had a bunch of songs ready to be released. All song were in vein of the music from this release. But their label Crucial Response did not want to release it. According to Peter Hoeren these track weren't according to his view of how Straight-Edge music must sound.
So the bassist Hans made of two of those tracks this cassette. And a few years later the songs were recycled into the "Source" LP. It's indeed Hans who played drums in Wheel Of Progress and later sang for Liar who released this on his new label Sober Mind Recordings. This cassette is the first release of that label also. It was mainly pressed to be sold on the Spirit Of Youth tour in Germany. So most likely Germany is the place to be if you want to find one of these.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Deformity "Live Beyond" demo cassette

Back in 1996 when Deformity played at Dadizele in West-Flanders they recorded their set. After hearing it they decided to self-produce a tape in order to be able to promote their work. So became this highly sought after live demo cassette. I borrowed this cassette from a collector out of the Antwerp region in Belgium, his name is Dimitri. I've got more tapes almost ready to be uploaded to YouTube. 

Original Deformity demo cassette 

Only two of these tracks were later rerecorded for the Good Life Recordings midCD. Correct me if I'm wrong but besides "God Defined" and "Splitting" I think no other tracks were ever released.

The singer speaks in Dutch because of the audience who was Dutch so I'll give some translations and content of what he is saying over here. "God Defined" is about the mindset of a serial killer, called Dahmer. Also "Splitting" is about a serial killer. The vocalist makes a joke about Dahmer saying: "He is actually a nice person, when you know him a little bit better".

Also he speaks about Regression who had just released their new CD on Good Life Recordings. He dedicates the song "Solitude" to David of Regression. Gives us an approximate insight on the sequence and release dates of Good Life recordings releases.

The song "Lost Souls" is about people who find that the image of a band is more important than the music the band makes itself, the vocalist explains.

Deformity was a more outspoken metal influenced band. In the period of this live demo they shortly after released the Misanthrope CD. After that they released two other CD's who were metal releases with a Hardcore background.

I digitized the whole thing into a YouTube video since this deserves to be heard and to be spread.