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Heavy metal rocked the Eighties music scene. Even the Christian music scene rocked with intense, fast, hard, and even theatrical metal bands. Bringing back the nostalgia of high, screaming tenors and fast, shrill lead guitars, Trendsetters: Metal effectively reminds the long time music fan of how good some of the early Christian metal music heroes were, and in some cases, still are. Not everyone has been around long enough to have a closet full of black band T-shirts from Bloodgood, Sacred Warrior, and Vengeance. For you, this collection introduces the glory of those days and those trend-setting records that set the heads of parents reeling and moved church pastors to lecture their youth groups about the dangers of fast music and rough vocals.
The CD starts with a bang.
The full force bang of Bloodgood's "Black Snake." Two songs from Christian
metal's most theatrical and dramatic performance band give way to one of
80's metal's fastest bands,
For a collection of super, fast bands, one would think the CD would have a better pace. It drags in some places. Some of my favorite bands of the time are represented, but not my favorite songs. The choices for Tourniquet and Vengeance are good, but the ones picked for Bloodgood are not. The term trendsetter begs other questions as well. Why Recon? Ransom did have a female singer, but were they trendsetters? Is Randy Rose hard rock or heavy metal? Not all of these songs have held up over the years, or could be called real trendsetters. Even with a few flaws, this musical scrapbook is fun and enjoyable.
Tony LaFianza 9/30/2000