All stuff mastered by Patrick W. Engel at TEMPLE OF DISHARMONY in August 2022.
01 World War Nine
02 Die Hard 3
03 UFO Attack
04 Indians & Cowboys
05 No Zoo!
07 Satanic Wolf
08 You're Not The Law
09 Gremlins Night
10 I Need Thrash (Not You)
11 Kindergarten Cop
12 Dr. Living Dead!
13 Kerry Burger King
14 The Joke‘s On You (Studio 2011)
15 No House (Studio 2015)
16 World War Nine (Live 2012)
17 Gremlin‘s Night (Live 2012)
18 Hard Target (Live 2012)
19 Streets Of Doc-Town (Live 2012)
“We've reached a point where there is no way for us to continue to function as a band…” This was the bad news DR. LIVING DEAD! dropped out of the blue via social media in late summer 2022, thanking friends, business partners and fans alike for supporting the band throughout its 15-year existence.
The four-piece was founded in Sweden´s capital Stockholm in 2007 – quite fittingly so if you consider the city´s reputation of being the Venice of the North and referring that to some of the band´s key influences, which were to be found in Venice, California, home of seminal hardcore punk and thrash acts such as Suicidal Tendencies (of course!), Beowülf, No Mercy or Excel, the latter of which DR. LIVING DEAD! even covered in the shape of ´The Joke´s on You´ from 1989.
The group went on to record four full-lengths between 2011 and 2017 – two on High Roller and Century Media respectively – but their first two demo CDs “Thrash After Death” (2007) and “Thrashing the Law” (2008) have never been officially available. That is, until now…
After touring the world, helping to bring back the sound of said pioneers from the US alongside contemporaries like Municipal Waste and putting themselves to rest, DR. LIVING DEAD! return to their first label home to compile all their early recordings under the title “Demos After Death”.
Featuring 13 tracks on vinyl plus an additional six on CD, this set encapsulates what the quartet has always been about – part bandana-wearing, baseball-capped, skull-faced metal thrashing mad and part loving tribute to eternal idols like Slayer, Iron Maiden or Judas Priest.
Add to this a penchant for skateboard culture, the cinema of the 1980s, a pinch of belated Cold War angst as well as a healthy dose of humour, and you have a perfectly timeless piece of crossover how it was meant to be originally.
Or to put it in DR. LIVING DEAD´s own words: “Grab something nice and cold to drink, put on the S.O.D. record and give yourself a good ol´ pat on the back for being a cool MF. Until next time, cheers everybody!”