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Servants of Chaos

SoC

Demos and out-takes
101 Hype Performance
102 Last Laugh
103 Frost And Fire
104 Eyes
105 Better Off Dead
106 100 MPH
107 I'm Alive
108 Bite Of The Worm
109 The Twitch
110 Maybe That's Why
111 Ill Met In Lankhmar
112 Return To Lankhmar
113 Darkness Weaves
114 Witchdance
115 Feeding The Ants
116 Obsidian
Alternative versions
201 Death Of The Sun
202 Fire
203 Fallen Idols
Paradise Lost-practice tape session
204 Chaos Rising
205 Fallen Idols
206 Paradise Lost
207 Join The Legion
208 Before The Lash
Live at Airlington Theater, Santa Barbara, California 04 May 1985
209 Atom Smasher (Live)
210 Master Of The Pit (Live)
211 King Of The Dead (Live)
Live at The Country Club, Reseda , California 11 Sep 1984
212 Last Laugh (Live)
Live at Airlington Theater, Santa Barbara, California 04 May 1985
213 Cirith Ungol (Live)
Demos and out-takes
214 Secret Agent Man
215 Ferrari 308QV
Live at Wolf & Rissmiller's Country Club, November 9, 1984 [only with bonus DVD]
301 I'm Alive
302 The Black Machine
303 Master of the Pit
304 King of the Dead!
305 Death of the Sun
306 Finger of Scorn
307 Frost & Fire
308 Cirith Ungol

 Credits

Produced by: Robert Garven & Greg Lindstrom

Executive Producers: Randall L. Jackson & Matt Thomas

Mastered By: Brad Vance

Photography: Greg Hazard

Graphic Design: Thomas Ewerhard

Road Manager: Kevin "Dr" Sage

 

"This album is dedicated to our fallen comrade Jerry Fogle. Rest in Peace."

Editions

 

  • 2CD:    2001 UK (Metal Blade Records; 3984-14383-2)
  • 3LP: (Archaic Temple Prod.) [planned, not released]
  • 2CD/DVD 2011 (Metal Blade Records; ) [digipak]
  • 3LP 2011 (Metal Blade Records; ) [black vinyl]
  • 3LP 2011 (Metal Blade Records; ) [golden brown vinyl, ltd.x300]
  • 3LP 2011 (Metal Blade Records; ) [flame vinyl, ltd.x300]

This is an compilation album of 31 unreleased and rare tracks recorded between 1978 and 1990. It was only released in Europe, not in America. Artwork and layout was done by Michael Ewerhard who also has done some covers for Steel Prophet, among others. It is a great addition if you already have their four ordinary studioalbums, even though the soundquality is not always top-notch. It is my no means a complete compilation of their unreleased stuff, but a good introduction to it. Hopefully there will be a follow-up or a box set of more unreleased songs some day. The booklet is nice with pictures and linernotes by Rob and Greg. It is already out-of-print, and often over-priced, so get it while you can!


In the band's own words

Fans had been asking for years about unreleased live and studio songs, so a few years ago Rob and I got to talking about the stacks of unreleased songs we had laying around, and we decided that at least some of it was good enough to be released. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the finished product. The sound quality isn’t always the greatest, but Brad Vance at DNA did a great job of saving and cleaning up our old tapes, some of which were 25 years old. The fan reaction has been great, and everyone seems to have a different favorite song. We keep getting asked when Volume 2 will come out, and there is still some more material we haven't unearthed yet.

-Greg Lindstrom, BallBuster interview

 

 

 

 Rob came up with the idea and Metal Blade Europe was very receptive, so we both spent weeks going through our respective stacks of tapes. What ended up on the CD is a small fraction of what we have on tape.

-Greg Lindstrom, Tombstone interview 9/2001


There had been a lot of requests from our fans for some new CU material, so Rob and I spent a couple of months going through our old demo and practice tapes. Rob pitched the idea to Metal Blade, and the European side was very interested. Unfortunately, MB in the US did not release it, so the CD is rather hard to find over here in our own backyard! We would like to get a US label to release “Servants” over here.

 

If “Servants” generates enough interest, you could hear from us again. We still have at least 20 songs that have never been released, like “Brutish Manchild” and “Route 666”. I would like to resurrect some more old tapes that have Jerry’s guitar magic.

-Greg Lindstrom, True Metal magazine 07/02 interview
 



Greg and I were actually the two original members so it was only natural that I turn to him to help work on the project. The other remaining members either did not want to participate or were totally against the project thinking that the music was inferior to our studio work. I was just interested in getting the music released before it was destroyed by time as so much of the other material was. Since our other albums had been released I thought that this was the best possible time and I knew that our good fans would enjoy hearing some of the early and live versions of some of the songs.

-Robert Garven, True Metal magazine 07/02 interview

 

 

The only money we got to release Servants of Chaos went to the mastering lab, the few hundred dollars we had left over Greg and I agreed to send to Michael Whelan. In fact Greg and I spent some of our own money to get the project out and as soon as we signed the contract with Metal Blade it had a hidden clause in it that combined all the other re-release royalties guaranteeing that we would never make a cent on the deal. On a lighter note royalties that were made on Servants of Chaos were supposed to be deducted from the monies owed on the re-releases but never were. I contacted Metal Blade and Brian said he would look into it. I never heard back from them. People asked me if I was upset that bootleg albums existed of some of our material. My reply has been that since we have never made any money from our legitimate record companies why should we be upset at someone who would promote our music by releasing a bootleg? 

-Robert Garven, Diabolical Conquest interview 

 


Metal Blade in Germany however, is run by a very cool guy, Michel Trengert. He has been a good friend to the band. We have never made much money from either group, but he was the guy that suggested that we put out our “Servants of Chaos” CD, which contained all our old and unreleased material, without him it never would have happened. Brian our old friend did not release it in America for whatever reason.

He [Trengert] suggested the idea to me and Greg and I got all the material together that we could find in hopes of releasing allot of stuff that no one had heard before. There are some real gems in there, including some great instrumental work by Greg, and a version of “Fallen Idols” that showed what the album “Paradise Lost” would have sounded like if we would not have had a producer destroy the musical compositions and arrangements.  All in all, I was very happy with it, even though Metal Blade saw fit not to release it in the US. Tim was opposed to it, as he thought there was going to be some questionable material on there, but since the tapes were deteriorating, it was then or never. I decided that since the tapes were legally either Greg’s or mine that I was going to go for it for our fans. Unfortunately, it seemed to have cost our friendship.

-Robert Garven, Sleazegrinder interview 

 

 

This album has been re-released in 2011, ten years after it's original release. It was re-released on both CD and 3LP gatefold vinyl. The CD was a digipak featuring a bonus DVD. On vinyl, it came in three different colours and with a A2 poster. It also has a slightly different cover - the title is written at the bottom.








King Of The Dead (Live)



I loved this song, it made me feel like a caveman. At the beginning bars I envisioned Roman troop's feet marching by the thousands! I really got into the drums on this song, many time I would play so hard I would break my cymbals and my hands would bleed all over my drums until they were splattered in blood!

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 

Tim

 

We really did not do too much stage show stuff until near the last half of the band's life. We were pretty heavy from the start and even when we went out and played we blew most other bands away.  Somewhere I got a catalog that had some pyro-stuff in it and I had some really cool things on my cymbal that shot balls of fire into the air, sometimes up to 25 feet. It was very cool. By the way, we never killed anyone. We also had a coffin made and the roadies would carry Tim out in it and tilt it up and open it and Tim would come out in a crown singing “King of the Dead”! There is a small pic of that on the new tribute CD that just came out in Europe.

-Robert Garven, Sleazegrinder interview

 

 

A live videoclip from the song can be seen here. The video was unleashed by bassist Vern Green. It was filmed at the Ventura Theater Dec 1991, which was their last show.

 

 

 

Also see comments for the album version of King of the Dead.



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Hype Performance

Demo 79This version probably originally appeared on the 1979 Demo.


(Sept 79) My favorite song that never got recorded in a real studio. We recorded several versions - this one has the most synthesizers! All the songs on this CD were recorded in our 10 x 14 practice room in Rob's parents' house on our trusty Dokorder 7140 4 track reel-to-reel and Teac Model 3 mixer.

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes



We definitely would have liked to put “Last Laugh” and “Hype Performance” on the album [Frost and Fire], but we basically just ran out of money to pay for recording time. Remember, we paid for everything on  “Frost And Fire” ourselves, from the recording time to the shrinkwrap.

-Greg Lindstrom, interview by Patrick Lefevre

 
Last Laugh

Demo 79This version probably originally appeared on the 1979 Demo.


(Sept 79) This one you've only heard live before. Tim does his best Mae West impression in the slow middle part.

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes


The live version was previously released as a bonustrack for the remastered version of King of the Dead.

 

We definitely would have liked to put “Last Laugh” and “Hype Performance” on the album [Frost and Fire], but we basically just ran out of money to pay for recording time. Remember, we paid for everything on  “Frost And Fire” ourselves, from the recording time to the shrinkwrap.

-Greg Lindstrom, interview by Patrick Lefevre

 
Frost And Fire

This version probably originally appeareDemo 79d on the 1979 Demo.

 

(Sept 79) Ouch! An early version of F&F before I grew out of the 'I think this could use some more synthesizer' phase.

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes

 
Eyes

A quite untypical Ungolsong. But to me, this is one of the highlights of the album.


(Dec 79) We weren't sure whether to include this, as it's not really a typical CU song, but here it is. I like the solo riff.

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes


its just horribly lame..in my humble opinion..lol sounds like an outake from some early Cars session..

-Tim Baker, 27 May 2012
 
Better Off Dead

Demo 79This version probably originally appeared on the 1979 Demo.


(Dec 79) I heard an Offspring song the other day on the radio that started off with exactly the same drum beat and bass. Incredible coincidence? Not a whole lot different from the F & F version, but it's got a great solo from Jerry, and I like Tim's rising shriek at the end.

Greg Lindstrom, linernotes

 
100 MPH

(Sept 80) I think this version has got more energy than the one on 'One Foot In Hell', but maybe I'm biased ...

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes

 
I'm Alive

(Sept 80) Again, not a lot different from the F & F version, but it's got another great solo from Jerry. Sorry about the pops, that's from switching in the vocals on the lead guitar track. The joys of trying to squeeze everything in on 4 tracks ... The LA Times music critic reported that Pearl Jam's 'Alive' was a rip off of this song!

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes


 
Bite Of The Worm

Previously released on the Orange Album.

 

(July 78) The oldest (and crudest) recording on here, but the song is cool, (if I do say so myself) with a nice solo from JF. Yours truly on 'vocals'. This song needs to be redone ...

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes

 
The Twitch

Demo 79This version probably originally appeared on the 1979 Demo.


(Dec 79) Nice snappy little instrumental.

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes

 
Maybe That's Why

(March 80) Makes me wonder why we spent the time and $ to redo in a studio, when this original version I did at home has got a way better vibe.

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes

 
Ill Met In Lankhmar

lankmahr(July 80) I was trying to go for a desert feel on this, so if you feel thirsty, Cheers!

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes


 

 

 
Return To Lankhmar

lankmahr 

This version probably originally appeared on the 1979 Demo.


(Aug 80) I think I recorded this the day after I got my Korg PolySix. Imagine, a synthesizer that could play more than one note at a time! By the way, I stole the 'Lankhmar' titles from the late Fritz Leiber's 'Fafhrd And The Grey Mouser' series. If you like heroic fantasy, check them out.

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes

 

 

 

The picture is the first book in the series, "Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser", where the Lankmahr title is taken from.

 
Darkness Weaves

Demo 79This version probably originally appeared on the 1979 Demo.


(March 80) Hey, the flanger's plugged in, I might as well use it.

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes

 
Witchdance

Previously released on the Orange Album.


(July 78) Some warm-up exercises for Yngwie.

-Greg Lindstrom, linernotes

 
Feeding The Ants

(Sept 78) Rob gets naming credit for this one.

-Greg Lindstrom

 
Obsidian

(April 85) Written during a post-tax return depression and intended to have vocals, but I never got around to writing lyrics for it.

-Greg Lindstrom

 

 

A fanvideo created by Celestiall, 2010:


 
Death Of The Sun

This version appeared on Brian Slagel's first Metal Blade album 'Metal Massacre One'. We have pumped up the bass here, I think it was the best song on the album. Our song was faster than Metallica's, go figure!

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 
Fire

FireThis is a different, but way better version of our remake of Arthur Browns great song, than the version which appeared on 'Paradise Lost'. We had two managers who ripped us off and never paid for this recording. It was donated by Jeff at Goldmine Studios. If we have not have had a producer on our fourth album, they all would have sounded this good!

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 
Fallen Idols

This is from the same session as above. Once again this song stands head and shoulders above the version on 'Paradise Lost', as we had no artistic control on that album at all. The intro, ending and gnarly panned guitars were my idea!

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 
Chaos Rising

These next five songs were off our practice tapes for 'Paradise Lost'. The only time we ever had a lawyer was on this album and we unknowingly signed away the rights to the album forever to Restless Records! For some reason they will not release it or license it so this may be the closest many will get to hear it!

-Robert Garven, linernotes


Update: The album was finally officially re-released by Noble Rot in 2007.


 
Fallen Idols

These tracks were done on a Teac 3340 4-track deck and originally had better lead and background vocals, which are missing now. To the best of my recollection we erased the vocals and recorded only Tim's leads for practice for this album that could have been our best if we had not been screwed on the whole thing. I thought I had thrown them away when the band broke up in despair, they are presented here for your enjoyment. I know this is on this disc twice but I did not want to break up the original trio. This is the mighty Flint playing Bass and Jimmy playing the amazing leads.

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 
Paradise Lost

PLThere is one part on this song where we play two bars of some heavy chugging that was cut from the original album as the producer would not let any of the band members be present when the album was being recorded. This stupidity caused the removal of the best 20 seconds on the original song. It is 4 minutes 11 seconds into the song. Here it is, now in its complete and unabridged form!

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 
Join The Legion

These are nowhere near the sound quality of 'Fire' above or even 'Paradise Lost', and you have to sing along by yourselves on the choruses but it at least has the feeling undiluted by bad production. (Can you tell I am still pissed how our 4th album came out!?) We made a video of this song.

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 
Before The Lash

The last selection that was on our 4th album. Jimmy did some amazing guitar work on all of these. Remember we did not have any of the fancy digital or even mini studio system around today. If we would have these would have been killer!

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 
Atom Smasher (Live)

liveAtom Smasher (live) was previously released on the Live EP (1996). I'm not sure whether this is the same version.


Four of these next tracks were from a show at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, California (04-05-85) about 30 minutes from Ventura where we all lived. We opened up for the Japanese band Loudness. These were never meant to be reproduced, and were made straight off the board onto cassette. I think they came out great. Jerry is gone now, but he was one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived. Long Live Jerry Fogle!

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 

 

Atom Smasher -live 1991.

Video has been uploaded by guitarist Jim Barraza. 

"1991 version - Dedicated to Jerry Fogle, R.I.P."

 
Master Of The Pit (Live)

This was from my favorite album of all time 'King of the Dead'. Once again Jerry's guitar is simply amazing. There is also my trademark gong and Flint's heavy flanged bass and Tim's unequaled screeching! We used to hop around a lot on stage and at one point Jerry's guitar came out. This was also before wireless connections!!!

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 
Last Laugh (Live)

Previously released as bonustrack for the remastered edition of King of the Dead.


These next two songs were also on our recent re-releases as bonus tracks. I put them on here again as they kick ass! This song was from a gig at The Country Club in Reseda California (11-09-84).

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 
Cirith Ungol (Live)

This was previously released as bonustrack for the remastered edition of Frost and Fire.

 

Even though we played many shows over the years, we never were able to go to Europe and play for our most loyal fans. To this day it is my saddest regret! Remember that these probably were not our best performances, but the only ones to survive.

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 


 
Secret Agent Man

secretThis is a cover of Johnny Rivers' song. The original song is available on any Johnny Rivers-collection. It is the soundtrack to Secret Agent a.k.a. Danger Man.


MAN We only played a few cover tunes in our entire career, this was one of our early ones. Written by Johnny Rivers (!), it was the theme song for a show starring Patrick McGoohan. Greg makes good use of the whammy bar during the solo.

-Robert Garven, linernotes

 


 
Ferrarri 308QV On Dyno At 8000 RPM

ferrFerrari 308 QV (Quattrovalvole) is a V6/V8 1981-84 model of the car. This track is basically the sound of a Ferrariengine, Rob and Greg's hymn to their favourite car. It is by far not their only reference to Ferrari-cars. The picture is the engine of Rob's own Ferrarri.


Greg and I met in 1971 and we instantly hit it off as we both had a love for sports cars, especially Ferrari's! This is a friend's car (Gary Reed) on a dyno. What other engine can compare to a Ferrari? The answer is none!!!!!

-Robert Garven, linernotes


As you might already know I am not only a huge Ferrari fan I follow F1 and am a loyal Tifosi!!  One of the first times Greg Lindstrom and I got together we went to the LA auto show to see the new Ferrari's. We were very young about 12 or 13.  The fire of the red religion burns in me.  I think there is a definite relationship between the screaming of the engine, the sucking of the carburetors and the throbbing and pulsing of True Metal!!!!! I was hoping that if the band was successful I could have a huge stable of them, however I had to quit the band and get a regular job to afford even one!  I have a 1975 Dino 308 gt4. If you listen real close, you can hear me racing in the hills above Ventura, winding through the gears, blasting metal as I downshift into the next corner!!!   I am very sorry Eddie lost, but I know Michael will carry the torch of the faithful next year........ My life was full of two passions, now that my passion for music has been ripped from my breast... I have immersed myself in the red blood of Ferrari!!!!

-Robert Garven, That's Metal 1/99

 

I am and have been an enormous fan of Ferrari since the age of 11!  Racing and cars were an inspiration and theme for several of our songs over the years. I originally started talking to Greg, as he and I were fellow auto enthusiasts at a young age. I was really hoping that if the band got big one of my dreams was buy many Ferrari’s as I feel that they are not only cars but also works of art.  I now consider myself very lucky to have just one red 1975 Dino 308 gt4.  I am not wealthy yet I managed to get married (no kids) and buy a small house and own a classic Ferrari. (Not bad for a failed rock musician!) I do all the work on it myself as a hobby and this summer I performed a major engine service. There are many things I do not like about our country, but for some reason the car is king here and there are many affordable Ferrari’s! Where I live in Southern California it hardly rains or gets cold so it is the perfect environment to own and drive a car as this.  Although we do not have the Autobahn, unfortunately!  I do not have much money but I do have my priorities!

-Robert Garven, Metal Heart 12/2000 interview

 

Well don't get me started! I was attracted to Ferrari as a child, being born on the same day that Dino Ferrari died in Italy 50 years ago. I remember the first time I saw a Ferrari in San Francisco, I was around 11 at the time. I remember getting down on my hands and knees in front of it looking at the prancing horse badge and thinking that this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Many Ferraristi have similar stories. It is funny as we have some popularity in Italy and I have a love for all things Italian. I even have a Roman soldiers outfit that I wear around sometimes! My main love is the sound of the engines. The heart of every Ferrari is the engine and unless you have been in a 12 cylinder Ferrari at 8000 rpm redline there is no way to explain the mechanical symphony produced. My Dino is only an 8 cylinder but it has 4 double throat Weber carburetors and it has its own scream which I an enamored with. At night flames shoot out of the exhaust pipes! Actually many rocker and drummers have a love for the cars, as they are the pinnacle of automotive achievement! Period! 

-Robert Garven, Diabolical Conquest interview


Yes, even though the band was not a commercial success I am most proud that we have many fans still in Italy.  I am an original tifoso, starting at age 11 to worship the red religion (Ferrari).  I love everything Italian and an honored that there are some people in Italy which like the music we wrote. If you look at an original vinyl copy of our first record “Frost & Fire” the words “for Enzo” are scratched into every record. That about sums up my feelings.

-Robert Garven, Guardians of Fate 3/02

 

There have been many marques in automobile's history, but Ferrari stands alone above all as pinnacle of achievement, a testament to Italian artistry, craftsmanship and engineering. Every other car is well just another car, but every Ferrari has 5000 race victories behind it. You can ride "The Black Machine", however I prefer the red one! :-P

The heart of every Ferrari is its engine, and the sound of a Ferrari engine at full song is like a mechanical symphony!

Forza Ferrari!!

Bounanotte

-Robert Garven's blog, 18 nov 2006

 
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