Undertaker – World Demonation Demo Tape (Laughing Jackal Productions) 1989. Matt sent me this one. What can I say? This is midwestern metal at its very finest. I believe Matt found this in a thrift store or flea market in Chicago? That makes sense cuz it was recorded in Naperville, an affluent and Mayberry-ish suburb of the Windy City.
I know nothing about Undertaker other than what is contained in the music and written on the case but boy, that is more than enough. The tape starts off with the subtle Corpse in a Trunk . Matt says that singer Jeffrey Wilburne sounds like King Diamond mixed with The Muppets. I say he sounds like Cirith Ungol mixed with Mr Hanky The Christmas Poo. Really though, we’re just two music dorks splitting hairs. Don’t skip over the ending where you get to actually hear them dispose the corpse. It’s worth it. NWA has nothing on these dudes.
Anyway, the next song is Res ipsa loquitur which is Latin for “The thing speaks for itself”. This is really witty cuz it’s an instrumental so the guitar speaks for itself. Get it? OK, maybe I am reading too much into this. The term “Res ipsa loquitur” originated in tort law. Maybe Undertaker were Northeastern Law Students? Maybe this is really Santiago Durango’s secret metal band? Why didn’t these guys release anything on Touch and Go?
The guitarist, Christ-O-Fer Hanson (not kidding), is actually a pretty slick guitarist in that “lets pick up a sixer of Milwaukees Best and head to the suburban metal club in any nameless midwestern town” sort of way. But really Res ipsa loquitur is just the warm up for the next three tracks which along with Teezar’s Rock Tryptch, set the FUCKIN STANDARD for metal. Yes, Lethal Evil, Hellementary School and and Eternal Entity rule.
Fuck…words can’t do this one justice. My advice is to start with the last three and if you like em, download the other two. Jeffrey Winburne repeatedly breaks into a falsetto for no apparent reason. Christ-O-Fer Hanson does these sick lead runs for no apparent reason. The Demons! The Damnation! Its all so EVIL! Naperville in 1989 must have been a cauldron of pain and suffering to have produced such malevolence! YOUR SOUL IS MINE!!!!!