Just a couple quickies.
This is a great band from back in my metalhead daze. Scatterbrain with their 1st LP Here Comes Trouble. This band started out as a crossover (band that mixed punk and metal) band called Ludichrist that did the fastest version of "Last Train To Clarksville" I ever heard. And yes they hit every note too. The difference between Ludichrist and most other crossover bands was these guys could really play. And I mean play good, they were astounding. They made two LPs for the Combat imprint Combatcore called Immaculate Deception and Powertrip now both sadly out of print but fairly easily obtainable if you don't mind paying 20+ dollars for 'em. The band evolved out of the thrashy sound completely in 1989 and the whole band became Scatterbrain, a great 100% metal band. The singer Tommy Christ, while adept at the previous incarnations 400 mile an hour blastbeats, is an aquired taste as you can actually make out what he is saying most of the time and he sing-talks. But Glenn Cummings and Paul Neider, the two guitarists are absolutely amazing here. They do a classical instrumental called Sonata #3 that is amazing. But what brought this band what little fame they had was a little ditty called Down With the Ship that got very minor radio airplay and a goofy song called Don't Call Me Dude that had a hilarious video. But it was Down with the Ship that remains the showstopping aspect of the Scatterbrain legacy. Originally done by Ludichrist as a straightforward stop-start hardcore song, Scatterbrain really made it interesting by slowing it down, and in the aforementioned stop start spaces, added brief snippets of famous guitar licks (and other stuff), which according to all accounts the band reproduced live in concert. There are licks from Metallica, Van Halen, Deep Purple, and many more all sounding quite similar to the originals. But there is still more to enjoy from these jokers, every song is a fun ride through the warped lyrics of Tommy Christ usually with an unforgettable hook to go with them. All I can say is if you are adventerous, give it a try!!
And finally for Kit, here is a repost of the Kiss Destroyer Demos I posted a long while ago. These are extremely hard to find, and as I got them in a tape trade before the advent of internet, there is some hiss on this stuff. But the fact that Destroyer is my favorite Kiss studio album (even though it contains two songs I completely detest--Beth and Great Expectations) this is a nice insight into what the band had down before Bob Ezrin came in and shaped the tunes into world class material. There is one song that didn't make the cut, a Frehley song called None of Your Business, but the riff may sound familiar to you if you are a fan of the Destroyer album. If Ezrin would have done his magic on this song and used it instead of Great Expectations it would have been a brilliant move. If you want these you might want to grab them quick, they didn't last long the other time I posted them.