I was present at what I think was their debut show which was Burgiefest in 1987 out on Losee Road back when that was 10 miles outside of town. This was before the Tubes became known as a "venue." I think it was also Substance D's first show. A serious rager. I was there when the El Camino pulled into the pit filled with Burgie Beer.
I only saw them play once or twice in the early 90's. At that time they were total Death Metal. I always preferred the hardcore sound but who can blame em for heading to the dark side? Death metal seems like a natural progression for these guys anyway. Hardcore was pretty much dead by the early 90's and somehow that guy Mitch from Righteous Pigs jump started a career in metal by hooking up with Mick from Napalm Death around that time.
Las Vegas Hardcore was definitely it's own style and very few records were put out back then. Demo tapes were the order of the day. Some will argue that hardcore is hardcore and it all sounds the same but it's hard to miss the unique sounds at play here. It has a lot of the trappings of hardcore but there are some surprises that make this demo memorable. This would have made a damn fine 7" record but at least we got this as a document. Recommended for those who like Cryptic Slaughter, Wehrmacht, Attitude Adjustment or that similar kickass crossover hardcore sound.
Lethal Injection 1st demo download below