Lineup: Diccon Harper (bass), Francois Blom (vocals), Greg McEwan (guitar), Paul Blom (drums),
This is by far the demo that put V.O.D on the ‘metal map’ in South Africa. The project was initially slated as the Trojan Horse vinyl album. It ended up being a cassette release (extensively pirated and distributed all over the place). One of the many attempts were recorded live one hot Sunday afternoon at Roxon rehearsal studios. It wasn’t up to scratch.
Some tracks were recorded at SABC’s P1 with Dirk Van Straaten but came out too clean, not mean. Some rehearsal- and live 4-track recordings from an alternative club in cape Town, The Stage, together with some further recordings (overseen by vocalist Francois and Paul Zimmerman at StarNet Studios) became the bulk of the demo (plus additional soundFX and moods created by Francois). The Seventh demo also saw the most stable and powerful V.O.D line-up recorded for the first time and without a doubt surpassed all of the band’s expectations as it catapulted them to the top of a very new and very hungry SA metal scene.
The Seventh in all of it’s unpolished rawness best reflects the huge voluminous energy, unpredictability and diversity of SA’s Metal pioneers. To date this is still a cult collectible and cherished by many V.O.D supporters. With extensive sales and favourable press in an awakening scene, InHouse Records started sniffed at the V.O.D door, resulting in a controversial 4 year record contract favouring the label and not the band (as with all of its signees).
Tracks include such live favourites as March Of The VOD, Goodbye, Stormbringer, Trojan Horse, (the humourous) My Cat’s Kcoc, The Path, and instrumentals Legions Of Death, and Valve Overdrive.
Colour Xeroxed cover. Audio quality good. Self-released.