Rawhead - Demonstrations

Formed in 1990 near Seattle, Rawhead were pushing a powerful  fast aggressive metal style at a time when a flood of musicians and media descended into the Northwest hypnotized by the “grunge sound.” Long before the “yarl”, there was a dense network of heavy and aggressive music seething in the underground. A few of those bands broke through the hype and hooked up with small distributors and pioneering metal labels. Rawhead flew beneath the radar, independent and unattached to any imprint. Undeterred, they self-released quickly recorded demo cassettes out to local and international DIY networks of metal heads getting the music out into the trenches. In the wake of an overwhelming commercialized wave, Rawhead—like many of the loudest, heaviest, hardest hitting bands from that time in the Northwest—left the evidence in the echoes of those nights on the floors and in the pits of the live shows. 

This new anthology, “Demonstrations”, contains all material from Rawhead’s three demos: “Something Crushes Spine” (1991); “Bones Of All Men” (1992); and “The Last One” (1994), arranged in a track order that packs a punch. It’s proof that they had and still have a lot to offer thrash lunatics and die hard metal fans. From the speed pounding of “Something Crushes Spine” to the rapid fire power of “Bones of all Men” to the psychotic gloom of “The Last One” this anthology demonstrates the potential of this killer machine. Though the nineties may not have marked a break for them, “Demonstrations” is a worthy legacy and a view into the underbelly of a powerful time in music.

Selling Points:

  • contemporaries of Forced Entry (Combat Records),Bitter End and Panic (both Metal Blade) (which they all quite often played with)
  • eleven fucking tunes, dressed up in a refreshed sound - four of them never heard before
  • one of the coolest riffs you ever heard opening a thrash album (“War Machine”)
  • 16 pages-booklet with artwork, lyrics & pics
  • limited edition (500 copies)

Tracklist:

  1. War Machine (1992)
  2. Walk From Faith (1992)
  3. Staring At The Sun (1992)
  4. Head Wound (1994)
  5. Mine (1994)
  6. Sleep (1994)
  7. Untitled (1991)
  8. Nameless One (1992)
  9. Chasing Death (1991)
  10. Stillborn (1991)
  11. End Of Time (1991)

Reviews:

  • 13/15 im Legacy Mag
  • 9/10 in DarkScene.at
  • 8,5/10 in Obliveon.de
  • 8/10 in Rock Hard Magazine
  • 7,5/10 im Powermetal.de

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Reviews

  • RAWHEADs "Demonstrations" in Rock Hard Magazine

    Rating : 8/10 ; Autor : Patrick Schmidt

    RAWHEAD
    Demonstrations
    Ragnarök
    VÖ: bereits erschienen
    Das Underground-Spezialisten-Label Ragnarök hat mal wieder eine wahre Perle an die Oberfläche geholt. RAWHEAD waren Anfang der 90er

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  • RAWHEADs "Demonstrations" in Legacy Magazine & DarkScene.at

    Rating: 13/15 in Legacy & 9/10 in DarkScene.at;  Autor:   Alex Fähnrich

    RAWHEAD "Demonstrations"
    (Ragnarök Records)

    Da denkt man, man kennt sich in der Demoszene der späten Achtziger

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  • Rating: 7,5/10 in Powermetal.de;  Autor:   Marcel Rapp

    RAWHEAD – Demonstrations
    Es brodelte einst im Untergrund
    Okay, hier haben wir ein absolutes Underground-Schmankerl, mit dem wohl wirklich niemand gerechnet hat. Es gab einmal eine Band aus

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  • RAWHEADs "Demonstrations" in Obliveon.de

    Rating: 8,5/10 ; Autor: Ludwig Lücker

    RAWHEAD

    DEMONSTRATIONS ( min.)

    RAGNARÖK /

    Das kleine, aber feine Underground-Label Ragnarök Records hat sich wieder einmal als metallisches Trüffelschwein betätigt. Ans Tageslicht gekommen sind dabei Rawhead, eine

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