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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Carnival Of Souls (5:52)
2. Streams (2:32)
3. The Wall Of Life (4:48)
4. Transcendence (4:52)
5. Silent Vision (3:23)
6. Retribution (3:30)
7. When The Cat Came Home (4:15)
8. The Revelation (20:25)
- I. The Blood Of The Lamb
- II The Plague
- III. The Veil Of Armageddon
- IV. The Wrath
- V. The Resurrection

Total time 49:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Eric Clayton / vocals
- Jeff Clayton / guitars
- Charles Cooper / bass
- Jayson Heart / drums
- Nathan Van Hala / keyboards and piano

Releases information

Re-released by MCM Music in 1997

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars Iīm not sure about the story behind Demo ī90 album from american dark christian rock/ metal band Saviour Machine. Was this recorded as a full album or is it a couple of demos collected into an album ? Well it doesnīt matter as the music is of pretty high quality on the whole album. If you like the debut album from Saviour Machine chances are that you will enjoy this demo album as well as it is in a similar style albeit a bit more rough around the edges both when it comes to sound quality and compositinal skills.

Before you get all woried about the whole christian rock thing, Iīll just state that Iīm an atheist and normally donīt like christian rock as many of the bands with those beliefs have a tendency to preach. Saviour Machine is a bit different. They do tell biblical stories and use biblical references but they donīt preach. They tell stories. Iīm not so ignorant that I canīt enjoy a bands music just because of the lyrics if the music is as excellent as it is when weīre talking about Saviour Machine. And donīt worry these lyrics are dark and angered and sung with the most powerful paatos you can imagine.

Saviour Machineīs style is best described as dark rock/ metal influenced by early eighties dark rock bands like Joy Division, The Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim and The Mission, some mostly eighties progressive metal tendencies and the most important thing the beautiful and very distinct vocal style of singer Eric Clayton who sounds like an operatic version of David bowie. Eric has an incredibly powerful and majestic voice that took me some time to appreciate. On this demo album there are also influences from genres like punk and classic heavy metal which is not something you normally would hear on a Saviour Machine album.

The album consists of eight songs and only two of those songs appear on the debut album from Saviour Machine which means you get lots of value for your money. The two songs that appear on the debut is Carnival of Souls which stars this demo album and is played in a more unpolished version here than on the debut and When The Cat Came Home which is basically an early underdeveloped version of the Mask from the debut with different lyrics. Itīs easy to hear why itīs those two songs who made the cut when Saviour Machine chose the songs for their debut album as they are both strong and memorable songs. The other songs are also very good even though they are not as tight or memorable. The album ends with the 20 minute long epic track The Revelation which is really enjoyable even though itīs clear to hear that at this time in Saviour Machineīs career their music had a hard time entertaining for 20 minutes straight.

The musicianship is not the tightest but I like the raw and powerful youthful approach to the songs. Itīs really strange to hear parts in a Saviour Machine song that makes me want to bang my head.

The production is of good quality when you remember that this is a demo recording.

Being a great fan of Saviour Machine these days this demo album is a real treat for me. Itīs taken me years to understand and appreciate Saviour Machineīs music but itīs easier to understand peopleīs excitement over this band when you listen to this album or the debut first. Preferably the debut of course but this one should be listened to before going further into their discography because from the next album forth Saviour machineīs music became pretty inaccessible and much harder to appreciate. Thatīs not to say that the later albums ( Saviour Machine II and the Legend albums) arenīt as great as the early releases from the band they are just much harder to get into. This one is pretty straight forward though and should be easy to appreciate. As it is a demo album and the sound quality and the quality of the compositions does vary, Iīll rate the album 3 stars even though I enjoy it more than average. Be sure to check out Saviour Machine as they are a great progressive rock/ metal band.

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