Though it’s been more than half a decade since Pinoy heavy metal band INTOLERANT has played together (and definitely MORE than a decade since they officially released any studio material…) the band has been very busy during the recent months, re-releasing singles from their 2010 debut ‘Reasons For Unrest’ and the B-side “Eye For An Eye,” which originally appeared on the Lords of the Loud compilation.
And just last Friday December 3rd, the group – which was comprised of vocalist/guitarist Russell Dela Cruz, bassist Mic Gallegos, drummer Pepo Gohu and guitarist Joey Dizon – digitally uploaded their 4-track demo which was originally released on disc back in 2009, during the band’s formative years. Depending on who you ask, the early recordings are sort of souvenir audio files for those who were able to witness and hang out with the band when they were just putting together the songs for their debut full-length, and generally, trying to figure out their sound.
“[At the time of the recording of the demo] We just wanted to capture those songs and get it on CD and give it away to promoters and show producers so they’d book us and make us part of their shows and events,” says Gallegos, when asked about the frame-of-mind the band was in during that year. “Plus, we wanted to hear if we sucked or not – and there’s no better way to find out than listening to yourself in the third person,” he laughs, and adds: “sonically, listening to it now, it could have sounded better, but all I remember is we were very happy with the output – it came as close to capturing our live sound with the resources we had, and it was the same philosophy that spilled-over when it was time to record the LP.”
“The actual recording was the main challenge,” Gohu reveals, who not only played drums, but also doubled as the sound engineer and chief studio architect of both the demo and full-length. “Sure we had my studio at our disposal, but we basically were experimenting and figuring things out while we were going: we came up with our own solutions, and everything was trial-and-error on that demo, but it did help give us a clearer idea of how to approach the full-length the year after – but we had fun, it was every bit of how we envisioned the experience: booze, weed, junk food and just hours and hours of playing and recording.”
Though the band has made it clear that there are no plans beyond the re-release of their material, their facebook.com page is still active (https://www.facebook.com/Intolerantmetal), and more unreleased tunes from their catalog could still possibly surface.