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STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:01 am
by Stormspell
Anyone have info about such band?
(NOTE: This is not the well-known band from Boston, but rather an arcane 80s demo band from San Francisco/Bay Area sharing the same moniker)

I came into possession of a 1/2-inch master reel tape which is labeled "STEEL ASSASSIN Master",
on the side tab it says "J.T. Productions, July 1986"

There is also a stamp on the back by Haymarket Productions from San Francisco.

I bought the reel from a local Bay Area flea market re-seller who could not give me any info, other that it was obtained in local storage auction. So in most probabilities the band must have been local.

Update: the tape has been transferred, it turned out to be a 8-track master recording with 7 songs on it.

01. Intro (2:20) - fast-paced instrumental, reminds me of early Omen somewhat.
02. Queen of Sin (4:03) - Armored Saint-ish heavy metal.
03. Soul Shaker (3:20) - slow and heavy crusher, repetitive, yet with a dreamy captivating quality.
04. On the Highway (04:09) - Judas Priest-ish cut (Killing Machine / British Steel circa)
05. Heart of Stone (02:59) - Power ballad with weird falsetto vokills
05. Heart of Stone (02:59) - Slow power tune with weird falsetto vokills
06. Coming Home (04:16) - Power ballad reminding me of Great White for some reason
07. Living on the Edge (03:10) - Fast-paced cruncher

Raw mix audio samples: https://stormspell.bandcamp.com/album/demo-1986
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Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:37 am
by Avenger
I haven't a clue.

Have you had a chance to listen to it?

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:27 am
by martinsane
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steel-As ... 2957766380

I'm sure you tried/trying, but maybe?

Seems to fit the timing and image, even though they are a Massachusetts band.

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:33 am
by Avenger
martinsane wrote:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steel-As ... 2957766380

I'm sure you tried/trying, but maybe?

Seems to fit the timing and image, even though they are a Massachusetts band.
I think we're all aware of that Steel Assassin.

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:21 am
by Stormspell
Right, I've already showed the picture of the reel to Phil Grasso, it didn't ring the bell. They are from Boston anyway, which is the wrong coast. I'm pretty sure the reel tape came from a local band, as it seems to be recorded in San Francisco, according to the stamp.

The Boston-ians did have a demo recorded in 1986, but it was with an early line-up and would not be released even if it surfaces, so I hope my reel is not that demo :)

And no, I do not own a 1/2" two-track reel machine and cannot check the tape, yet.

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:48 am
by martinsane
Stormspell wrote:Right, I've already showed the picture of the reel to Phil Grasso, it didn't ring the bell. They are from Boston anyway, which is the wrong coast. I'm pretty sure the reel tape came from a local band, as it seems to be recorded in San Francisco, according to the stamp.

The Boston-ians did have a demo recorded in 1986, but it was with an early line-up and would not be released even if it surfaces, so I hope my reel is not that demo :)

And no, I do not own a 1/2" two-track reel machine and cannot check the tape, yet.

Anythings possible? I thought they had a tune on an early Metal Massacre, so the potential is their for recording on the West coast.!?

Neat find nonetheless. Looking forward to hearing about what is on it...

I see what looks like a note card/paper in the photo? Does that have a track listing?

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:58 am
by Stormspell
I'm looking around to find a studio that would handle the reel transfer. Unfortunately there's no other info or track list, the card/paper on the picture is not related to the reel - just a random piece of paper laying on my desk.

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:20 am
by martinsane
Stormspell wrote:I'm looking around to find a studio that would handle the reel transfer.
Good luck!

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:07 am
by Stormspell
Tape is on its way to L.A., if all goes well I should have samples in 3-4 days.

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:17 am
by Avenger
Good to know.

If you like what you hear, do you have any idea on what you'll do with the content?

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:42 pm
by rumblefist
Would love to listen at least a track of it...

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:05 pm
by Stormspell
Encountered slight delay. Turns out the reel is a multi-track master, not a two-track mix-down as I thought previously. Its getting bounced down and mixed, hopefully will have a sample to share in several days. It could be some total crap, or it could be some amazing bay area thrash gem. We will know soon enough, I guess

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:54 am
by Stormspell
So far we've got 3 songs bounced down. I was hoping for thrash but classic heavy ain't bad either:

1. Intro (2:20) - fast-paced instrumental, reminds me of early Omen somewhat.
2. Queen of Sin (4:03) - Armored Saint-ish heavy metal.
3. Soul Shaker (3:20) - slow and heavy crusher, repetitive, yet with a dreamy captivating quality.

More to come

Check it out (raw mix, for previewing purposes):

http://www.divshare.com/download/26887164-e0e

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Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 6:50 pm
by Prowler
Cheerz dude!
Thanx for sharing this!
Great Metal, imagine this tune on a hyped super rare US single like Real Steel or Militia or something similar and it would be finally worth it's price! haha
Now you only need to find the band members ... thjat tune sounds really promising!

Re: STEEL ASSASSIN from Bay Area, circa 1986

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:08 pm
by Priamos
Pretty decent but they share a name heavy as hell that is beyond competition.
Thanx, anyway for sharing.