Demented Ted "Promises Impure" CDPosted on Friday, February 27th, 2009 @ 7:32am » permalink
Demented Ted was a fairly short-lived band from Chicago during the early-90's, releasing two demos and one album, "Promises Impure", which came out in 1993 on Pavement Music. It's funny that I dig this album so much now, at damn near 32 years old, because I very specifically remember refusing to listen to these guys when I was a kid because I thought the band name was so stupid. And make no mistake, I still feel that "Demented Ted" is a bit of a problematic designation, not to mention incredibly misleading in this case, so I bet that's why this album remains underappreciated to this day. Despite that, this is a very concise offering of extremely solid death/thrash through eight tracks in 36 minutes (including re-recorded versions of most of their early demo material). Even though it came out right during the height of the death metal boom, there's definitely a little more of a thrash thing going on musically – which suits me just fuckin' fine – so it's probably the lower and more aggressive vocal approach that really throws this material towards the death metal realm. The thickness of the guitar tone definitely lends a little more of a death metal churn to the rhythms, however, and the occasional spurts of eerie dissonance or subtle technicality amidst the chugging midpaced poundings certainly don't hurt, either. Original? Not exactly, but I've always been a huge fan of both early 90's thrash and early 90's death metal, and this album really is like the perfect fusion of the two.
Three former members of Demented Ted ended up in a band called Beyond shortly afterwards that also released their lone album on Pavement Music in 1995. It's comparable on some level, but certainly more stripped down and what you could probably cite as being more Machine Head-ish overall (which is unsurprising given the time period). Another solid effort, but "Promises Impure" is clearly the better of the two.
I'm not sure why this album's not available digitally beyond eMusic, but that's where I grabbed it, and you can easily find used copies of the CD on Amazon.com and such for very reasonable prices. I definitely wish I had been a little less stubborn as a kid so that I could've been jammin' this shit since '93! Ha…