1983 Lyrics & Music



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MOTION PICTURE SCRIPTS

Listing and Descriptions of the Completed Full and EP Length
Copyright 1983 Todd West

WHY STARE, NOTHING'S THERE 1/83

Gothic overtures, bashing metallic riffs, runaway train double bass. I had snagged a 4-track and was sending out samplers of this new stuff like mad, only for a month or so though because I was already halfway finished writing with the next album.

Contents:

Darkness Prevails
Full Volume/Elegant Revolt
Time Force
The Beast
Paint Me A Vison
Lover of the Dead
Pain for Gain
Break the Speed of Sound
Rage


THE PSYCHEDELIC BLUES 2/83

My first acoustic stuff worth keeping. Loose blues with pompous big beat metal mixed. Eccentric set-up with the first side of the album (not listed chronologically here) being blues based and the second very psychedelic using synthesizer, pitch transposition and distortion on the vocals.

Contents:

Last Grain of Sand
Momma Blues Lost
Blues Long Gone
Take Nothing Given
Mass Slaughter
I've got the Blues
Kelly
Last Scream
Tyranny's Revenge


ROCKER REGIME 2/83

I changed my band's name back to Theoria and with this line-up wrote my next three albums, this one containing much thrashing and lashing. We played out as much as possible with a good many gigs out in surrounding states. Some near-sighted folks were telling me punk was dead...where had I heard this before! Demos of Magnificent Planes Of Disaster and Full Tilt Put Out made it onto the first Underground Records cassette compilation. Rocker has alot of powerchords and riffs, it lives up to its name.

Contents:

Magnificent PLanes of Disaster
Spasmodic Lover
Para-Universal
Rock Miser
Valley of Eternal Roses
Dark Enemy
The Breaking
Death of an Idol
Retarriant Ways
Full Tilt Put Out


LUCRATIVE CONFUSION 4/83

Everything scene wise was too hardcore, yet this was also the period that solidified the underground. So with this batch I stepped back a little and used a little more feedback flow than on the few previous, tempos are more moderate.

Contents:

Indifferent Sophistication
Creation of Song
6th Dimension
Flying
Victim of Flame
Writ of Love
Dream Maker
Rock n Roll Fix


LORDS OF THE REALM 5/83

Grooving beats with overblown guitars and rhythmatic vocals. I used alot of effects on the vocals in about half these songs. I recorded this one on 8-track and sent it out to every record label I could find. No response. I look back now and think maybe I was a little too early with this. One of my favorites and a priority on the re-release schedule. I have some mixes from the master, but have no idea where any of the completed recordings have gone. I did some homemade J-cards and labels for the cassettes to send out. I had found some flea market dealers where I could get tons of promo cassettes never used, bulk erase them and re-record over them. I got about 3,000 in all and used them to put my tape in stores, send off to fanzines, and mail order connections. I gave them all away with about half going overseas. This was the beginning of an ongoing trend.

Contents:

Coming of the Lords
Solitary Plan
Land of Familiar Faces (Gonna Burn)
Transparent Spider
Cry of Love
Summer Love
Too Hot Love Shot
Leavounce
Abstract Reaffirmed
Mind Long Gone


IMPRECATIONS 6/83

I didn't wait for any reply replies on Lords, I had too many songs ready to go! We were playing out a lot (for a band like Theoria, two or three gigs a month was good!), so the material on this album reflected a tight live sound, pretty heavy and straightforward actually.

Contents:

Shebody Rocks
Protestin' the Messin
This Blast Shall Forever Last
Mrs. Christain
None Too Hard
Happiness Remembered
Tale of Ten Women
Knockoff Talk
Silent Dreams
False Prophecy
Notorious Fame


THE KILL 7/83

Theoria became disjoined at the end of June 1983, so I began to put out ads and write new stuff immediately for the next round. I introverted in my room and came out with this concept LP a few weeks later. Its 9 songs with emphasis on oversexed teenagers including a minature 10" EP, one song per side with Seth being an intense psychedelic groove and New Paradise/Groove Me showcasing punk fury.

Contents:

Hordes of Heavy Metal
Sneak Attack
Blackout on the Eastside
Standing at the Edge
Teenage Rage
Thump Addict
Strange Woman
Crystal Reflections

EP:
Lori (Part 2)Seth (Wisdom Valley)
New Paradise / Groove Me


FREEDOM OF THE WINDS 8/83

I played around with keyboard and guitar synthesizers to write this album. I couldn't find any band members so I spent the remainder of 1983 and the first part of 1984 writing new material which alot of I still play today. I began to put some classical instruments and guitar into my compositions on Freedom .

Contents:

Fear the Wolves
Burning the Black Biotite
M.M.O
Power-in Lesson
No Praises for Evil
Crank It Up
King of the Underworld
Lightheaded in the Clouds
Voice of Time
Queen of the 714
Lonely World


MYSTIQUE OF THE MIRRORS 9/83

Classic Punk/Metal. I was getting to see so many speedmetal and hardcore punk bands, much less the commercial hard rock stuff that it pushed me to embrace Old-style, at least for this album. More raw than fast, these tunes are very rhythmic and sing-a-long. A nice conflict of errors!

Contents:

Devil's Rain
No Need for This Ride / Death Desent
Subsonic Filtration
Wanters, Givers, Takers
What has Past Will Never Be
Darkspades
The Scripture
Peer Through the Prism


ACID WAR BABIES 11/83

With much time and effort I completed this one in time for Christmas and to this day is one of my favorites. Right off the bat Skullcrusher gained a sizeable following and remains that way today. I fortayed into the cassette single mind of things and released Skullcrusher and Angel (Child of Wonder) as a single out to all college radio and major labels. As a promotional unit this worked well but looking back on what major labels were signing at that time it is easy to understand why I didn't get any offers, they were sleeping!

Contents:

The Degenerate
Skullcrusher
Angel (Child of Wonder)
Stranded at the Gates of Tommorrow
Conglomerate Metal
Statement Imperfecto Insaino
The Outsider
Out for Blood
Rock N Roll Madness
Contemplation Withheld


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