Metal Horizons

It’s been way too long since I last posted. I guess I’ve been letting everyday life get the best of me. What to talk about?

I’m a bit frustrated that there seems to be a drought in new Christian metal albums. The last one to come out that I was interested in was the latest from Narnia. Before that it was Venom by Impellitteri. And before that, Empire 21’s debut offering.

Am I just too picky or is the drought real? I love killer Christian power metal and even some prog once in a while. Looks like the main things to look forward to in the next year are a new disc from Impellitteri and a solo album from the great Lance King (not a Christian album, just some excellent ‘positive’ metal). If I’m lucky (I don’t believe in luck, but…), maybe there will be a new Narnia album by the end of 2018 (probably more like 2019).

There’s a new Deliverance album coming out this year, but I’ve never been a huge thrash fan. OH! I think there’s a new Worldview coming out this year. That should be good.

Maybe I need to broaden my horizons? As many people know, I have very high standards (aka, metal snobbery). It’s not easy to impress me. But, feel free to turn me on to some other GREAT Christian metal bands that I haven’t mentioned.

Looking forward to your suggestions! Until next time, KEEP IT METAL!

Bad Demo Tapes

Not long after I became a Christian in 1985, I began visiting Christian bookstores in search of new Christian metal bands. At least once a month I’d stroll in and see if anything new had been released. One cool thing about those Christian bookstores was that they had demo copies of all the music so you could take a listen before you bought it.

I remember that, more often than not, I was very disappointed in what I heard. There were a lot of just plain bad metal bands in the Christian scene. It got to the point of being very discouraging. Needless to say, I didn’t make many purchases.

Around that time, I remember reading an article about these bands in CCM magazine. The author very brilliantly pointed out that many of these Christian metal bands sounded like, “…bad demo tapes of their secular counterparts.”, referring to the fact that a ton of Christian metal bands sounded like (or were trying to sound like) popular secular bands. Most of the time, it just didn’t work.

Thankfully, John and Dino Elefante helped keep a lot of bands out of that category with their excellent production skills.

Always listen before you buy.

1985

An event occurred in November of 1985 that changed my life forever.

I had graduated high school that June and decided to stay in Ventura, CA to attend college, when my parents moved to Fresno, CA for a new job. I had the opportunity to stay with my aunt and uncle in order to stay in Ventura.

One evening after dinner, I asked my aunt if she really believed that silly Bible story about Adam and Eve. She began to attempt to answer my somewhat sarcastic question. When my uncle overheard my question, he proceeded to stroll into the kitchen where he began to engage me in a question and answer session about the Bible, evolution and origins in general.

After 4 to 6 hours of discussion, the gospel of Jesus Christ was presented to me. Before the night was over, God saved me from death and hell. My life hasn’t been the same since.

In the aftermath, I decided it was best to get rid of all my “evil” metal albums. I then began to pursue “Pure Metal”!