Insanity – “Demo 1985” LP
Radio Raheem, do it again, digging up gems from the past that otherwise would have remained overlooked and lost, except by the privilledged few who were there back in the day. This time around we get a nugget of pioneering San Francisco death metal. In 1985 Insanity played intense warp-speed thrash metal unlike anything that had been heard before at that time. They laid down a live demo tape which quickly made its way through the underground tape trading circuit, and then began gigging around the Bay Area with the likes of Death, Possessed, Sacrilege, and Desecration, but due to the untimely death of co-founder and vocalist Joe DeZuniga in 1987, the band was unable to produce a proper record and remained underground. However, in the years to follow, Insanity’s brand of brutal death thrash would be cited as an influence on such legendary extreme metal bands as Carcass and Napalm Death, with the latter even covering the track Fire Death Fate on their Leaders Not Followers: Part 2 album. Expanded from the long out of print 2006 7″ reissue, this LP contains the complete 1985 live rehearsal demo, packaged with a full-color 12″x24″ poster with rare photos and graphics from the band’s archives.