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The Moshketeers - The Moshketeers 1989 / Cassettes


01. Posers Of Deceit

02. The Life Of Emptiness

03. Ye! (Demo)

04. Nightmares


Paul Scozzafava - Guitars, Vocals

Michael Parkin - Bass, Vocals (Blanche Davidian)

Alan Tuma - Drums,Vocals, Combat Faith, Ultimatum


Former/Past Members

Rob Hidalgo - Drums

The Moshketeers were one of Christian metal underground most reveled "secrets". This New Mexico thrash metal acts name came up every time fans started discussing albums that needed a proper reissue. 'The Downward Spiral' was independently released in 1991, on cassette only. Finally in 2010 Roxx Records secured the rights to reissue this gem upon a suspecting world!


First of all, 'The Downward Spiral' is just as good as the rumors would have it! The bands brand of thrash metal is unlike any band you've ever heard, yet it's well rooted in the American thrash metal scene of the late '80's. The bands name, and their Bermuda shorts-clad looks leads the mind toward some of the bands that mixed thrash metal with hardcore and humor, like Anthrax, S.O.D. or M.O.D..

And while the former of those bands can somewhat serve as a pinpoint towards The Moshketeers thrash metal sound, they are as different as they are similar. What sets The Moshketeers apart is the inclusion of influences from other genres, such as funk ("Grease The Duck"), doom metal ("Self Extinction") and even more straight ahead metal leanings ("Nightmares", "Epicurus").


Lyrically The Moshketeers are unashamed of their Faith. It's not turn-or-burn, yet crystal clear Christian messages of how to turn your life from despair to eternal happiness. "Grease The Duck" features lyrics (partly spoken) that tackles the hypocrisy within the church.


The Roxx Records reissue of 'The Downward Spiral' comes with several bonus tracks. 4 of them are picked from a demo the band recorded in 1996, and released in 1997 as a pre-release cassette for their second album. The sophomore album was never finished, so this is also the first time these songs see a CD release.

Here the band sounds a bit more introvert, probably influenced by the neo-thrash metal that was so popular at the time. The last song on the CD is picked from the bands self titled first demo, recorded in 1989. All the songs from the demo ended up of 'The Downward Spiral', but "Ye!" was the only one re-recorded for the album. So here we get the original demo version as well. All of the songs have been remastered for this reissue.


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