How It Was

DEATH AND DESTRUCTION FOR JESUS


Frank’s Enemy started as a one-man project with Julio Rey recording some songs on his 4-track with his drum machine in 1990-1991 (as Julio’s previous band, the Lead, was in its final stages), and putting the results up for sale in newsletters. One thing led to another, and Julio met Marc Golob when looking for a bassist for another project called Global Warning in late 1991. After Global Warning didn’t happen, Julio asked Marc a) would he be willing to play the material on the demos b) did he know a thrash drummer. The answers were a) Yes b) Yes, Alex A. So Frank’s Enemy’s five-year run as a group started.


While together, Alex, Marc and Julio played all kinds of “-core” music (hard, grind, etc) sometimes trying to do them all at once. For their troubles they were kicked out of secular clubs twice and got barred from several churches, got called “satanic” by at least one irate parent and caused several youth groups to pack up and leave at a beach concert. They also enjoyed a rabid local following and ministered boldly, fearlessly and personally at their shows.


Frank’s Enemy played with bands such as Mortification, Living Sacrifice, Jesus Freaks, Crashdog, Strongarm, Nonpoint Factor and the Clergy. They played Michigan Mosh 1994, embarked on a short national tour in 1995, played the Mosh Fest again in 1996, and took a short tour of the southern US in early 1997. That summer, another short tour saw them play both Texas Rockfest ’ 97 and Cornerstone ’97. They played regularly in the South Florida and Tampa Bay areas.


Their recorded output consists of a CD/cassette release entitled FRANK’S ENEMY, put out in 1994, on Not Silent. This was preceded by a demo, QOHELETH, released in 1993 also on Not Silent. The band’s second CD, NEOBLASPHEMIES, was released on Cling Recordings, along with a punk cassette EP called NEVER MIND FRANK’S ENEMY HERE’S LOOGIE SOUP. The second CD’s two singles, Torturer (featured on Rowe Production’s MASSIVE FREQUENCY OVERLOAD compilation) and Hanging On A Tree charted significantly in the Pure Rock Report’s loud chart. The band’s third full-length CD, ILLUMINATION, was released in late 1998.


The ride ended in December 1997 as Julio and Alex played their last show with the band. Both wanted to devote more time to their families. Marc and new drummer Ben Thacker (who had filled in for Alex in the January 1997 mini-tour), with Julio’s blessing and ‘encouragement’ attempted a new lineup in early 1998, with Jed Brewer on keyboards and Sprite on guitar. It failed to click.


By the end of that year, Julio asked Marc for permission to take back the Frank’s Enemy name. Marc agreed, and Frank’s Enemy came full circle and is once again a Julio Rey solo project. In 1999, Julio began work on a new rapcore recording, which was finally finished and released in 2002, as the title track of the four-song virtual EP ENRAGED. The following year, Frank’s Enemy’s rendition of the Coventry Carol was featured on the compilation CD, A BRUTAL CHRISTMAS.


Julio began recording as Frank’s Enemy again in 2008, dropping the occasional grindcore track on Soundcloud for the moment. Plans for more are on the horizon.




VINTAGE BIO - FIRST PRESSKIT, JANUARY 1993:


Frank's Enemy is a Miami-based band dedicated to the spreading of the Truth of the Gospel of Christ in the full realization that such Truth would be best presented in uncompromising musical and lyrical fashion. The band's philosophy reflects their unwillingness to take the easy or predictable way out. Their sound plays by no rules and is a melange of their diverse influences ranging from speedcore/thrash, hardcore punk, speed metal, and death metal into the realms of funk, jazz, bass, and industrial. Their lyrics ask the hard questions and range from the topical/political to the personal/ introspective. The band is currently rehearsing and playing in the South Florida area.


VINTAGE BIO - CD PRESSKIT, SEPTEMBER 1994:


Frank's Enemy is a Miami-based band dedicated to the spreading of the Truth of the Gospel of Christ in the full realization that such Truth would be best presented in uncompromising musical and lyrical fashion. The band's philosophy reflects their unwillingness to take the easy or predictable way out. Their sound plays by no rules and is a melange of their diverse influences ranging from speedcore/thrash, hardcore punk, speed metal, and death metal into the realms of funk, jazz, bass, and industrial. Their lyrics ask the hard questions and range from the topical/political to the personal/ introspective. Having just released their first full-length CD and returned from playing the Michigan Mosh festival, the band is now playing regularly both in the South Florida and Tampa Bay areas.


VINTAGE BIO - ORIGINAL WEBSITE 1996-1997:


Frank's Enemy is a Christian band, based in Miami, Florida. They play all kinds of "-core" music (hard, grind, etc) sometimes trying to do them all at once. For their troubles they've been kicked out of secular clubs twice and have been barred from several churches, been called "satanic" by at least one irate parent and caused several youth groups to pack up and leave at a beach concert. They also enjoy a rabid local following and have ministered boldly, fearlessly and personally at their shows. Their insane live presentation has drawn verbal comments of amazement from the likes of Steve Rowe of Mortification, Jason Truby of Living Sacrifice and Keith White of Jesus Freaks. Bands that are not known for being easy listening themselves these days.


Besides sharing the stage with the aformentioned bands, Frank's Enemy has played with bands such as Crashdog, Strongarm, Nonpoint Factor and the Clergy. They played Michigan Mosh 1994, embarked on a short national tour in 1995, played the Mosh Fest again in 1996, and took a small tour of the southern US in early 1997. Later in 1997, they embarked on another short tour and played in both Texas Rockfest ’ 97 and Corenerstone ’97. They had played regularly in the South Florida and Tampa Bay areas since the band's inception in 1992. Their recorded output consists of a CD/cassette release entitled FRANK'S ENEMY, put out in 1994, on Not Silent. This was preceded by a demo, QOHELETH, released in 1993 also on Not Silent. The band's second CD, called NEOBLASPHEMIES, was released on Cling Recordings, along with a punk cassette EP called NEVER MIND FRANK'S ENEMY HERE'S LOOGIE SOUP. The second CD's two singles, “Torturer” (featured on Rowe Production’s MASSIVE FREQUENCY OVERLOAD compliation) and “Hanging On A Tree” charted significantly in the Pure Rock Report's loud chart. The band's third full-length CD, ILLUMINATION, is set for release in late 1998.


Frank's Enemy started as a one-man project with Julio Rey recording some songs on his 4-track with his drum machine in 1990-1991 (as Julio's previous band, the Lead, was in its final stages), and putting the results up for sale in newsletters. One thing led to another, and Julio met Marc Golob when looking for a bassist for another project called Global Warning in late 1991. Global Warning was destined for failiure due to inablility to make schedules mesh. Julio asked Marc a) would he be willing to play the material on the demos b) did he know a thrash drummer. The answers were a) Yes b) Yes, Alex A. So Frank's Enemy started, and had been going strong since 1992.


The ride ended in December 1997 as Julio and Alex played their last show with the band. Julio retired to start a family and Alex left to get married.


Marc intends to continue with the band, and, along with new drummer Ben Thacker (who filled in for Alex on the January 1997 tour), will begin a search for a new guitarist after ILLUMINATION's release. An attempt at a new lineup in early 1998, with Jed Brewer on keyboards and Sprite on guitar, failed to click. The new Frank's Enemy will reflect Marc's taste for electrnica and samples (as previewed on "Frank's Enemy Metro" on ILLUMINATION), combined with the usual mayhem. Until further notice, Julio remains the band's internet liason, so email him (or Scott Busbee of Cling Recordings) for any further questions or information.



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