209. Detonation – Bloodgood
If the only thing going for the metal masterpiece is the album cover it would probably still find a way onto this list! This what metal is all about from album cover to the last note that abruptly terminate this classic Christian white metal album.
Bloodgood ranks alongside Barren Cross and Stryper amongst the most important and influential Christian metal bands. Bloodgood was the more “mature” of the bands most musically and lyrically as band members Les Carlsen (vocals), Michael Bloodgood (bass), David Zaffiro (guitar) and Mark Welling (drums) had been out of High School for a while and had actually lived real life before venturing full time into musical ministry.
Less glam and big hair metal and more Judas Priest and Queensryche, Bloodgood employed a more rock and progressive metal lead by vocalists Les Carlsen’s raspy vocals. Bloodgood was also a better “live” band employing a more theatrical approach than many of their Christian contemporaries.
As ,many great songs as there are on this album it really comes down to the back to back “mini-opera” of “Crucify” and “Messiah.” In the first Carlsen plays the part of Pilate in the trial of Jesus. On stage Carlsen would reenact the events while performing the song as the tortured Pilate relents to the demands of the crowd screaming “crucify Him!”. It contains Carlsen’s finest vocals and is true Christian metal classic.
The song immediately feeds into the bluesier and even more emotive, “Messiah.” Here Carlsen is like the Apostle John whose hopelessness at the death of Christ is changed to an evangelistic spokesperson at His resurrection. The songs work perfectly back to back and create a perfect one two punch. Both received strong rock radio airplay and many stations played them back to back regularly.
The band would become more commercial with each release, but never would they match the results or response of Detonation.