Saturday, May 1, 2010

California Metal, Volume II

After the overwhelming success of the first California Metal in 1987, both in sales and as a platform for unsigned bands to gain record deals, Regency Records followed up with California Metal Volume II in 1988. Once again unsigned bands were showcased to a public hungry for more new metal, however this led to less success for the bands contained on the release and I think only Recon and Ransom got subsequent record deals (Mastedon already had a record deal and their track featured on this compilation is also on their debut album).

01 Vision - Runaway
02 Emerald - Traitor
03 Recon - Light the fire
04 Soldier - Borderline
05 Judea - Heart of stone
06 Mastedon - Get up
07 Ransom - Sin killer
08 Judea - Knock
09 Emerald - Born to die
10 Soldier - Tears
11 Recon - Dreams

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California Metal, Volume I

California Metal Volume I was an extremely influential release that showcased demo's from a lot of up and coming Christian Metal bands in 1987. This release actually led to every single featured band being signed to a record label, including some of the big names such as Guardian, Deliverance and Barren Cross.

01 Barren Cross - Deadlock
02 Deliverance - A Space Called You
03 Deliverance - Attack
04 Guardian - Marching On
05 Guardian - Spiritual Warfare
06 Hero - Sing It Out
07 Hero - I Surrender
08 Mastedon - Wasn't It Love?
09 Neon Cross - Son Of God
10 Neon Cross - I Need Your Love

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Heavenly Metal-Ballads

Sometimes hard music bands make pretty songs! This collection showcases some of the melodic talents of some of the premier Christian metal bands (notable absentee is Stryper). Get out those lighters and enjoy!

01 In His Hands - Whitecross
02 Innocent Again - Idle Cure
03 I Miss The Rain - Bride
04 House Of Dreams - Magdallan
05 Eyes Of Innocence - Holy Soldier
06 Will I Find Love? - Age Of Faith
07 Remember You - Chryztyne
08 Time - Rachel Rachel
09 Lead Me Back - The Legend
10 Top Of The Mountain - Bloodgood
11 Just A Man - The Brave
12 Soul Searcher - Halo
13 Broken Heart - Creed
14 Carry Me - Angelica
15 Lay Our Weapons Down - Liaison
16 Do You Know What Love Is? - Guardian

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Heaven's Metal Collection, Volume II

This is the second awesome collection of Christian Metal tunes compiled by Heaven's Metal Magazine and is about the later '80's to early '90's "the golden age" of Christian Metal!

15. Genesis - Trytan 7:10
16. Are You Ready for Thunder - Rage of Angels 4:12
17. The Suffering Servant - Leviticus 4:50
18. Children of the Light - Sacred Warrior 2:37
19. White Throne - Vengeance Rising 3:11
20. The Call - Deliverance 4:11
21. Lift Him Up - X-Sinner 3:14
22. Love Me - Holy Soldier 4:14
23. You Get What You Pray For - Tourniquet 3:24
24. Step On It - Jet Circus 5:18
25. Time and Time Again - Guardian 4:52
26. Stop the Madness - Believer 3:59
27. Give Me Love - Novella 4:51
28. Troubled Times - Bride 4:28
29. Mindbender - The Crucified 3:53
30. Lasting Love - Ransom 4:29
31. The Destroyer Beholds - Mortification 3:19

Total Running Time: 72:12

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Heaven's Metal Collection, Volume I

This post is pretty awesome! (if I don't say myself). Here is the first collection of of an ultra-rare compilation created by Heaven's Metal Magazine to chronicle the glory years of Christian Metal. There is not a bad track on this mix (see track list below). Enjoy!

1. Waves - Resurrection Band 3:37
2. You're All I Need - The Daniel Band 4:26
3. Sodom - Jerusalem 12:11
4. From Wrong to Right - Stryper 3:55
5. Loneliness Kills - First Strike 3:43
6. It's All Come True - Barren Cross 4:05
7. Breathless Wonderment - Barnabas 6:52
8. Jesus Will Reign - Darell Mansfield Band 4:33
9. Primed and Ready - Saint 3:49
10. Heavy Metal Thunder - Messiah Prophet 5:30
11. Self-Destruction - Bloodgood 3:34
12. No Way I'm Going Down - Whitecross 4:09
13. Son of God - Neon Cross 4:20
14. Shout - Shout 4:23

Total Running Time: 69:07

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mylon & Broken Heart

Mylon & Broken Heart were an '80's Christian Rock band who had some critical and commercial success. They were fronted by the famous Mylon LeFevre who had been around for decades in gospel music.

His work with Broken Heart was really the only stuff I got into of his. It was very '80's sounding all the way down to the use of a digital drum kit.
However you can't deny the catchy nature of the songs and the clean message of the lyrics. Mylon's voice is also very unique.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this selection from 4 of their albums (I have selected some of the more rockin' songs), Crack the Sky (1987) which won a Grammy, Face the Music (1988), Big World (1989), and Crank It Up (1990).

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Mad At The World

MAD AT THE WORLD (MATW) started out as a new-wave/synth-pop band along the lines of Depeche Mode.

1987 saw the release of the debut self-titled album. What a masterpiece! I really liked the synth sound that was found on this album and on the next album "Flowers in the Rain" released in 1988. Roger Rose was the main songwriter throughout MATW history.

Things changed after these two albums. Apparently MATW wanted to match the sound of their live concerts more. They found it really difficult to play the synth music live, and crowds were confused when they played their synth-pop numbers with electric guitars.

So, "Seasons of Love" (1990) had no keyboards present. The song writing was just as strong though, and the lyrics still a cut above most evangelical Christian lyrics, straightforward still, but classier. "Seasons of Love" introduced us to MATW's second period which was hard rock.

The same sound followed on "Boomerang" (1991) and "Through the Forest" (1992). "Boomerang" was notable for the song Isn't Sex a Wonderful Thing? which was actually a song about how we abuse the gift of sex from God, but Christian Bookstores misunderstood (as they often do) and the song became controversial. Randy Rose (brother to Roger and other original member) had started a solo career during this period and was starting to also contribute to some songwriting duties.

After "Through the Forest", MATW changed direction again, this time introducing a more '60's/'70's feel to the music (and no longer hard rock) on the albums "The Ferris Wheel" (1993) and "The Dreamland Cafe" (1995).

I have to confess to being a massive MATW fan and own all their releases, though they are all out-of-print and hard to find (especially the first 2 albums).

Essential Release: Seasons of Love (1990)

The 12 track download link below will provide you with tracks from all their periods and will probably hook you in, so be warned...

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