Precious Death - Our Stinkin' Demo (demo) 1991
1. "The Depth of My
I love this demo! I originally heard it while Vengeance Rising were touring. Before VR came on stage, they were blasting this demo over the PA. I had to find out who it was. Precious Death sound like no other on this tape. It's almost like a mixture of thrash, funk and a side of Motley Crue. If "Southpaw" ever gets re-released, I hope these tracks will be released as bonus tracks.
Roger and his band of cohorts, known as Precious Death, release the follow-up to their brilliant debut. With this album, Precious Death brings in some new influences. Unfortunately for Precious Death they struggled in the Los Angeles metal underground for years before finally scoring a record contract in 1993. During those years in the underground heavy metal was still flourishing. By the time "If You Must" was being recorded, heavy metal had lost it's legs in the mainstream to grunge and alternative. Pantera were one of the few heavy metal bands still making waves in the mainstream at this time and were obviously a huge influence on Precious Death. Fortunately for Precious Death their sound and their vocalist were already far removed from the angry Pantera sound, so mixing that influence in does not get them pegged as a clone. However, that heavy groove element is present in many of the songs. "Some New Song" is a perfect example of that fat, heavy groove. The 'funk' element that was present on some songs on "Southpaw" is still mixed throughout here as well. On "Outside My Window", for example, the band weaves a musical tapestry by combining funky verses with a heavy crunch for the chorus. Christopher Scott still sings like no one else and Roger Sampson's killer drum work is still present. These two guys help to give this band a charisma that is unlike any other band I know of. My favorite cuts are "Some New Song", "I Remember", "So Far Away" and the somewhat bizarre "Moments." "I Remember" is an acoustic ballad in which Chris simply wails on with his power-house voice.
Precious Death (Metro One) 1996
1. "All We Have is
Uh, what I said about the last album being a mistep or a indication of a downward spiral . . . well, it was a downward spiral. This album just sucks! I can't even believe this is the same band that recorded the brilliant "Southpaw" and "Our Stinking Demo." First of all Chris Scott has decided that he no longer sings metal and joined a crappy alternative band called Blackball. He is on this album, but I hardly call it singing when compared to the last two albums. He even raps on "All We Have Is Now" and "Another Form of Slavery." Second, band leader, song writer Roger Sampson is gone as is bassist Andy Kohler (Although Andy does have one song writing credit on this album.). Last, this is just bad alternative music. Where are the chunky riffs, the funky bass. Argh! I'm just frustrated but I am glad that this was their last album if this was the direction they planned on going in.
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