The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo is a re-recording of the band’s first-ever 1986 demo of the same name – a scratchy, four-track cassette of thrash metal songs that they wrote as teenagers, and recorded in the garage of their then-drummer Jed Watts, with any mistakes patched over with an overdub of one of Mike Patton’s screams.
In keeping with the re-record’s nostalgic attitude, Patton, guitarist Trey Spruance, and bassist Trevor Dunn enlisted two of their teenage heroes for the sessions and a run of live shows that took place at the beginning of the year. Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, a frequent collaborator of Patton’s, plays cataclysmic drums, while Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian contributes guitar.
In addition to the re-recorded demo, the new version of ‘The Raging Wrath...’ also contains a cover of ‘Speak English Or Die’ by Ian’s other band S.O.D., updated to ‘Habla Español O Muere’ and there’s also a cover of Corrosion Of Conformity’s ‘Loss For Words’, a nod to another key early influence.
The album is released today and should be part of any self-respected Thrashers collection.