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DISCOGRAPHY

OFFICIAL RAPED APE / PAINGOD RELEASES, 1988-1997, 2013
All music and lyrics composed, written and arranged by Raped Ape    © Beastly Music

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TRACK LIST: DISC 2

The Stuck Demo (1994)
1. Stuck [Lyrics]
2. Future Tense [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
3. Drag [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
4. Mass Population [Lyrics]

Paingod Demo (1995)
5. Paingod [Lyrics] / Sicklife [Lyrics]
6. Not a Moment to Spare [Lyrics]
7. Blind Vision [Lyrics]
8. Easy Way Out [Lyrics]
9. Self-Made Man [Lyrics]
10. One and the Same [Lyrics]

ENHANCED CD LIVE VIDEOS

Due Process (previously unreleased) | [YouTube video]
The Krusher [Lyrics] | [YouTube videos: 1995 | 2013 reunion]
Hypothermia [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
Who's In Control [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
Mass Population [Lyrics]
Future Tense [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
Circle Of Blood [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]

Land Of Broken Promises

(2013, Divebomb Records, two-CD limited-edition collection featuring 29 songs and seven live videos)
Executive producer, project coordinator: Matthew Rudzinski
Mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Band and production credits
See the original releases listed below for complete studio and band info.
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TRACK LIST: DISC 1

Terminal Reality EP (1992)
1. Land of Broken Promises [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
2. Victim of the Game [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
3. Voice of Reason [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
4. Remembrance [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
5. Who's In Control [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
6. Return to Nothing (Instrumental)

Perpetual Aggravation Demo (1990)
7. The Krusher [Lyrics] | [YouTube videos: 1995 | 2013 reunion]
8. Shrouded in Darkness [Lyrics]
9. Kill Thy Neighbor [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
10. Circle Of Blood [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
11. S.T.D. (Socially Transmitted Death) [Lyrics]
12. Pieces of Aggravation (Instrumental)

Lost in Mind Demo (1991)
13. Hypothermia [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
14. Lost in Mind [Lyrics]
15. Monkey See Monkey Do [Lyrics]
16. Feet First [Lyrics]
17. Wastoid [Lyrics] (Drooling Pigdogs line-up)

Bonus track
18. The Krusher [Lyrics] | [YouTube videos: 1995 | 2013 reunion]

Notes: The album cover and CD back panel are original paintings by Raped Ape's Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli. For the CDs themselves, new tribal "R/A" logos were created by longtime band collaborator Scott White. The lavish 16-page booklet featuring vintage photos and artwork was design by Adam Peterson for Divebomb Records. The live videos were edited by Douglas Puhl and Raped Ape's JC Dwyer. The CD's booklet also contains testimonials from friends and fellow musicians such as Rob Barrett (Cannibal Corpse) and Tom Klimchuck (Pro-Pain) plus former band members.

The Music: This release marks the 20th anniversry of Terminal Reality and is a fitting tribute to the band's legacy. These 29 songs cover the band's entire back catelog of indie and demo releases from 1990 to 1996, many never before released on CD. The re-mastering gives them new life and makes this a must-have collection. The addition of the rare video clips makes it even more collectible.

Facts: The only demo tape not represented is In Ape We Trust (1988), which didn't have a suitable master tape. The Due Process video represents a rare release featuring former vocalist Jimmy Kelly, who left the band in 1990 before the recording of Perpetual Aggravation.

Availability: Released worldwide on March 12, 2013, through Divebomb Records and Independent Label Distribution. Major services such as Amazon and iTunes are also carrying the album.
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Paingod album
Paingod

(1997, Century Media Records, 10-song CD)
Produced by Paingod and Jeremy Staska
Recorded and engineered by Jeremy Staska and Thomas Anthony
at Natural Sound, Miami, Fla., in March 1996
Mixed by Jeremy Staska and Paingod

The band
Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli - Guitar, vocals
JC Dwyer - Drums, vocals
John Paul Soars - Guitar, vocals
Tommy Buckley - Vocals, bass

The songs
1. Stuck
[Lyrics]
2. Scream When You Burn [Lyrics]
3. Paingod [Lyrics]
4. Not a Moment to Spare [Lyrics]
5. Blind Vision [Lyrics]
6. Alternate Universe [Lyrics]
7. Self-Made Man [Lyrics]
8. Easy Way Out [Lyrics]
9. One and the Same [Lyrics]
10. Motivate [Lyrics]

Notes: The band returned to Natural Sound, where they tracked their breakthrough Perpetual Aggravation demo tape in 1990, to record their debut CD for Century Media. The band co-produced with Jeremy Staska of Studio 13, who recorded most of the 1995 Paingod demo. Jason "Tuxedo" Morgan of Monstrosity contributed the second solo on Motivate. During the long wait for the album to be released, the band put out a four-song cassette for its fans featuring Stuck, Scream When You Burn, Paingod and Alternate Universe.

The Music: Six songs (tracks 3-5 and 7-9) are taken from the seven-song Paingod cassette while Stuck dates back to the 1994 Raped Ape cassette. Scream When You Burn, Alternate Universe and Motivate were new songs written for the album and hinted at a simpler, more groove-based direction. Buckley stepped up to take on a majority of the lead vocals, but the other three members also contributed heavily with many songs featuring multiple trade-offs between verses.

Facts: By the time Century Media released Paingod in March 1997, a year after it was recorded, the band members had moved on to new projects and decided to end the nearly 10-year run of Raped Ape and Paingod.

Availability: You can still find the album on Amazon.com and iTunes.



Paingod demo
Paingod

(1995, self-released seven-song cassette)
Tracks 1-4 and 7 recorded at Studio 13, Deerfield Beach, Fla., in June 1995
Engineered by Jeremy Staska
Tracks 5-6 recorded at Gled Recording Studio, Davie, Fla., in January 1995
Engineered by Gary Stryder
Produced by Paingod

The band
Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli - Guitar/vocals
JC Dwyer - Drums
John Paul Soars - Guitar/vocals
Tommy Buckley - Bass/vocals

The songs
1. Paingod
[Lyrics]
2. Sicklife [Lyrics]
3. Not a Moment to Spare [Lyrics]
4. Blind Vision [Lyrics]
5. Easy Way Out [Lyrics]
6. Self-Made Man [Lyrics]
7. One and the Same [Lyrics]

Notes: These are the recordings that led to the band's signing with Century Media Records following its name change from Raped Ape to Paingod.

The Music: The songs mark the completion of a transition from the highly technical Terminal Reality to a more groove-oriented direction, as well as Tommy Buckley's progression to main vocalist.

Facts: Paingod also appeared on the Metal Massacre XII compilation from Metal Blade Records in 1995.

Availability: Out of print. All seven songs re-mastered and re-released on Land of Broken Promises in 2013.



The Stuck Demo
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Raped Ape (aka 'The Stuck Demo')

(1994, self-released four-song cassette)
Recorded at Sixcee Recorders, Plantation, Fla., in March 1994
Produced by Raped Ape
Engineered by George Claseman

The band
Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli - Guitar/vocals
JC Dwyer - Drums
John Paul Soars - Guitar/vocals
Tommy Buckley - Bass/vocals

The songs
1. Stuck
[Lyrics]
2. Future Tense [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
3. Drag [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
4. Mass Population [Lyrics]

Notes: The band's only foray into a non-traditional studio. Claseman conducted business out of his suburban house.

The Music: Recorded nearly 18 months after Terminal Reality, these tunes feature a three-vocalist attack (with Buckley added to the fold) as well as a more streamlined, groove-oriented approach that would carry through to the Paingod days.

Facts: Originally intended for record labels only, this demo saw a limited release "just so the locals who've supported us could have it." Most of the songs worked their way into the band's set shortly after Terminal Reality was released.

Availability: Out of print; Stuck available on SFSA: South Florida Slammie Awards, Vol. 1. All four songs re-mastered and re-released on Land of Broken Promises in 2013.



Terminal Reality
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Terminal Reality

(1993, GJ Records/Primitive Productions, six-song CD and cassette)
Recorded and mixed at Morrisound Recording Studios, Tampa, Fla.
October 1992
Produced by Raped Ape and Scott Burns
Engineered by Scott Burns

The band
Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli - Guitar/vocals
JC Dwyer - Drums
John Paul Soars - Guitar/vocals
Mike Moreno - Bass

The songs
1. Land of Broken Promises
[Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
2. Victim of the Game [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
3. Voice of Reason [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
4. Remembrance [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
5. Who's In Control [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
6. Return to Nothing (Instrumental)

Notes: Artwork by Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli.

The Music: Considered the band's crowning achievement, six scorching "techno-groove-death-thrash" songs that were the band's staple during its 1991-93 heyday.

Land of Broken Promises 7-inch
7-inch single
Facts: Terminal Reality was licensed to labels in Germany (CAS) and Japan (Teichiku) with the addition of four songs from its earlier releases (The Krusher and Circle of Blood from Perpetual Aggravation plus Hypothermia and Wastoid from Lost in Mind). Remembrance was inspired by an auto accident that took the lives of two friends of the band, Chris Balch and Wesley Jacobucci. ... Dennis Munoz of Solstice played one of the leads on Return to Nothing. ... A seventh song, Seen Not Heard, was recorded but vocals and leads were never finished. ... Life Obsessed With Death, Pages of Time and Attitude were also recorded on a pre-production demo but didn't make the final cut. ... The band had a limited budget so with the help of investors recorded and released the six songs as a CD EP since CDs were still relatively rare for unsigned bands of the day. ... Land of Broken Promises was also released as a promotional split 7-inch single, some on blood red vinyl, with Soul by North Carolina's Bloody Mary in May 1993.

Availability: Out of print. All six songs re-mastered and re-released on Land of Broken Promises in 2013.



Lost In Mind
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Lost In Mind

(1991, self-released five-song cassette)
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Gled Recording Studio, Davie, Fla.
    on June 5, July 20-21 and Aug. 10, 1991
Produced by Raped Ape and Gary Stryder
Engineered by Gary Stryder

The band
Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli - Lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar
JC Dwyer - Drums, backing vocals
John Paul Soars - Lead/rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Mike Moreno - Bass guitar

The songs
1. Hypothermia
[Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
2. Lost in Mind [Lyrics]
3. Monkey See Monkey Do [Lyrics]
4. Feet First [Lyrics]
5. *Wastoid [Lyrics]

Drooling Pig Dogs * Features the "Drooling Pigdogs" line-up: JC Dwyer, lead vocals; Mike Moreno, guitar; John Paul Soars, bass; Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli, drums. Backing vocals by the "Pig Dog Choir" - Gary Stryder, Chris "Bones" Bentall

Notes: The cover artwork was the first of many tribal designs by longtime crew member Scott White.

The Music: Recorded in a transition period before between the technicality and brutality of Terminal Reality and the catchy hardcore thrash of Perpetual Aggravation, these songs offer a mixed bag from the band's heavy giging days.

Facts: The lyrics to Feet First were inspired by a Stephen King novel and penned by James Kelly when he was vocalist. Wastoid became the band's traditional show-closer when they swapped instruments and invited friends up on stage to sing.

Availability: Out of print. All five songs re-mastered and re-released on Land of Broken Promises in 2013.



Perpetual Aggravation
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Perpetual Aggravation

(1990, self-released six-song cassette)
Recorded at Natural Sound, Miami, Fla., on June 30 and July 1, 1990
Produced by Raped Ape and Thomas Anthony
Engineered by Thomas Anthony

The band
Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli - Lead and rhythm guitar, lead vocals
JC Dwyer - Drums, backing vocals
John Paul Soars - Rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals
Dan "Rattlehead" Cleveland - Bass guitar, backing vocals

The songs
1. The Krusher
[Lyrics] | [YouTube videos: 1995 | 2013 reunion]
2. Shrouded in Darkness [Lyrics]
3. Kill Thy Neighbor [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
4. Circle Of Blood [Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
5. S.T.D. (Socially Transmitted Death) [Lyrics]
6. Pieces of Aggravation (Instrumental)

Notes: Artwork by Pooch. Additional vocals on Circle of Blood by Chris "Bones" Bentall.

The Music: Light years advanced from the band's debut cassette, this is the release that put Raped Ape on the underground map. Pooch's vocals are amazing considering he took the lead mic only a month before recording. And the addition of Soars and Dwyer, perfectly meshing with Pucciarelli, resulted in a crushing demo recording. It's amazing how some subject matter never gets stale. Shrouded in Darkness and Kill Thy Neighbor could just as easily be about the second Bush administration as the first, when they were written.

Facts: The sound that starts The Krusher is a stock clip of a garage door opening, run through effects. Members of Miami's Cynic dropped by the studio to hang out during recording sessions. Circle of Blood and S.T.D. were nailed on the first take. What ended up as Pieces of Aggravation was originally an unfinished song with no lyrics but Rattlhead suggested the band use pieces of the song and create a short instrumental to finish up the recording.

Availability: Out of print. All six songs re-mastered and re-released on Land of Broken Promises in 2013.



In Ape We Trust In Ape We Trust

(1988, self-released 3-song cassette)
Recorded at Vicious Underground Studios, Delray Beach, Fla., on Sept. 17-18, 1988
Produced by Raped Ape
Engineered by Dennis Tooker

The band
"Krazy Lou" Hilaire - Vocals
Dan "Rattlehead" Cleveland - Bass
Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli - Guitar
Jim Blackhall - Drums

The songs
1. Edge of Mortality
[Lyrics] | [YouTube video]
2. Evangelistic Deceptor [Lyrics]
3. Raped Ape [Lyrics]

Notes: Tape art and sleeve by Pooch.

The Music: This primitive early recording, while very professionally done and reflective of the crossover/thrash scene of the day, quickly became dated. Decades later, these tunes have a certain tongue-in-cheek charm.

Facts: Although (or possibly because) these songs were phased out when Hilaire left the band (and the tape was nearly impossible to find), they continued to be among the top requests for years on Rattlehead's pirate radio station, WMTL.

Availability: Out of print. A usable master tape was unavailable, so this is the only official band release not included on the Land of Broken Promises collection.



AUTHORIZED COMPILATION CDs


Power from the Vault Easy Way Out and Self Made Man appear on:
Power From the Vault
(1997, Conquest Music Group)
Recorded at Gled Recording Studio, Davie, Fla., in January 1995

Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli - Guitar/vocals
JC Dwyer - Drums
John Paul Soars - Guitar/vocals
Tommy Buckley - Bass/vocals

The Music: A hodgepodge of hard music acts who recorded at Gled Recording Studio in the 1990s, with 20 tracks total from such high-profile bands as L.U.N.G.S., Amboog-A-Lard, Excessive and Quit. All of the aforementioned warrant a listen, along with the Raped Ape tracks that ended up being the band's final recording under its original moniker.

Facts: Originally intended for release as a 7-inch single, these two songs were recorded in sessions that also yielded the first version of Paingod, which later landed on Metal Blade's Metal Massacre XII (1995) after a new recording session and the band's name change to Paingod. These two songs also appeared on Paingod's self-titled cassette (1995) and album (1997). They were also re-mastered and re-released on Land of Broken Promises in 2013.

Availability: Still can be found on Amazon.com, CDBaby and iTunes.



Metal Massacre XII Paingod (1995 demo version) appears on:
Metal Massacre XII
(1995, Metal Blade Records)
Recorded at Studio 13, Deerfield Beach, Fla., in June 1995

Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli - Guitar/vocals
JC Dwyer - Drums
John Paul Soars - Guitar/vocals
Tommy Buckley - Bass/vocals

The Music: Recorded during a turbulent period when the band was contemplating a name change, the blistering Paingod cemented the group's decision and ended up as the band name as well, just in time for inclusion as the lead-off track on the final installment of the legendary Metal Blade compilation.

Facts: Other bands featured on the CD include New York's Crisis, Tampa's Eulogy and Fort Lauderdale's Amboog-A-Lard. The Metal Massacre series focused on unsigned, underground bands and is most famous for helping expose Metallica, Slayer, Overkill, and other up-and-coming bands in the 1980s. A 13th comp was released in 2006 but it contained mostly established bands on the Metal Blade roster.

Availability: Still available on Amazon.com and elsewhere.



South Florida Slammie Awards
Stuck from Raped Ape (1994) appears on:
SFSA: South Florida Slammie Awards, Vol. 1
(1994, GJ Records/Slammie Productions)
Mastered at Gled Recording Studio, Davie, Fla.

The Music: This 19-band comp stands as an accurate document of South Florida's thriving metal/hardcore/punk scene of the early '90s and features standout tracks from Malevolent Creation, Jack Off Jill, Puya, Tension, Load, Amboog-A-Lard, Sinful Lust and many more. Among the lesser known bands (at the time) featured is Nonpoint Factor, now much more widely known as Nonpoint.

Facts: Stuck is about the hopelessness of being human. "I wrote it out of the frustration of us not being signed yet, so it's got a lot of anger in it," drummer JC Dwyer said. Raped Ape won seven Slammie Awards during the South Florida showcase's run from 1992-1999, including Band of the Year in 1992 and 1995. The band performed in 1992 (with Malevolent Creation) and 1994 (with Marilyn Manson).

Availability: This CD is still available at some stores in South Florida, and via mail order from Slammie Productions.
Click here for details. Stuck was re-mastered and re-released on Land of Broken Promises in 2013.




Unsigned III: Killing Time Hypothermia from Lost in Mind (1991) appears on:
Unsigned III: Killing Time
(1992, Stryder Records)
Recorded at Gled Recording Studio, Davie, Fla., on June 5, 1991
Produced by Raped Ape and Gary Stryder
Engineered by Gary Stryder

The Music: One of the band's first attempts to slow down it's high-speed thrash attack for a slower, more groove-oriented approach.

Facts: Although recorded live to DAT, this mix is slightly more polished than the one that appears on the Lost in Mind cassette. Other bands on the CD/cassette collection include Solstice, Fatal Sin and Elysium.

Availability: The album is available for download from
Amazon.com, iTunes and CDBaby.com. Hypothermia was re-mastered and re-released on Land of Broken Promises in 2013.




Live at the Square The Krusher appears on:
Live at the Square
(1992, Square Records)
Recorded live at Washington Square, Miami Beach, Fla., in August 1991
Produced by Rat Bastard Falestra and Doc Wiley
Recorded by Ralph Cavallaro, Rat Bastard Falestra, Michael McNamee & DeLooch
Mastered by Michael Fuller for Fuller Sound
Live sound by Doc Wiley, Paul VanPuffelen, John Ferrel

Mike "Pooch" Pucciarelli - Guitar and lead vocals
JC Dwyer - Drums
John Paul Soars - Guitar and vocals
Mike Moreno - Bass guitar

The Music: Recorded live over four nights at the venerable South Florida live music club, the CD features 19 tracks from a wide array of bands, including such notable South Florida indie rock bands as The Holy Terrors, Quit, Amazing Grace and Forget the Name. Raped Ape is by far the heaviest band on the CD, cranking out a frenzied version of The Krusher. Sadly, the band's only proper live recording during its heydey fails to capture the full intensity of its legendary live shows.

Facts: Recorded live to DAT in one take with no overdubs.

Availability: Out of print. This version of The Krusher was re-mastered and re-released as a bonus track on
Land of Broken Promises in 2013.


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