Believer – Sanity Obscure – 1990

This is the second album from Believer and in my opinion shows some real maturity in the band. Now normally I’m not too quick to praise a thrash album but this one is actually pretty good. I mean musically it’s very good and in fact I think I would really like it with normal vocals. BUT this is not what the band is so I will evaluate the album for what it is. I will say this is the first Thrash album I have ever listened to more than once, yea really, it’s that good. The band claims they recorded the whole album in 2 weeks which I find quite surprising as the production is very good. Oh well if your not a thrash kind of person hey try listening to “Like A Song”, it’s actually a pretty cool cover of U2.

1 – Sanity Obscure – 6:08
2 – Wisdom’s Call – 3:44
3 – Nonpoint – 5:14
4 – Idols Of Ignorance – 4:39
5 – Stop The Madness – 3:56
6 – Dies Irae (Day Of Wrath) – 5:41
7 – Dust To Dust – 5:02
8 – Like A Song – 3:27

Art Direction – Jeff Spencer, Sudden Images
Artwork [Cover Art By] – David DeVries
Band – D. Baddorf, J. Daub, K. Bachman, W. Robertson
Composed By [Dies Irae Band Section Composed By] – Kurt Bachman
Composed By [Dies Irae Orchestration Composed By] – Scott Laird
Concept By [Dies Irae Concept And General Chaotic Madness] – Doug Mann
Crew [Crew Chief] – Eric “Cecil” Greenwalt
Engineer [Engineered By] – Paul Krueger, Ted Hermanson
Film Technician [Video Tech] – Robert Baddorf
Management [Managed By] – PGM Management
Management [Road Manager] – Deana Baddorf
Photography [Photos By] – Tom Storm
Producer [Produced By] – Doug Mann, Paul Krueger
Soprano Vocals [Dies Irae Soprano] – Julianne Laird Hoge
Written-By [All Songs Written By] – D. Baddorf, J. Daub, K. Bachman, W. Robertson

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – R.E.X. Records
Copyright © – R.E.X. Records
Copyright © – Jambox Music
Copyright © – Blue Mountain Music Ltd.
Published By – Island Music, Inc.
Recorded At – Morningstar Studios
Recorded At – HMS Productions
Mixed At – Morningstar Studios
Mastered At – The Hit Factory
Pressed By – DADC
Glass Mastered at – DADC – DIDX-009462

Believer – Extraction From Mortality – 1989

This was the first studio album from Believer but they had released an impossible to find demo in 1987. In 1988 they had a track on the East Coast Metal sampler and though that sampler was released by Regency it was actually R.E.X. Music that stepped up to release this album. So here we have a rather good thrash album. The album utilizes sound sampling on several tracks which to the best of my knowledge was a first in Christian Metal. That said I’m not really an expert in the genre. I think I will actually have to make up a new classification for the album, Commercial Thrash. I think there might be some appeal here even if you don’t care for thrash. Personally I don’t care for thrash but there are a few tracks here that I found myself listening to. It didn’t leave me wanting to hear more thrash but it did leave me wanting to hear more from Believer.

1 – Unite – 6:42
2 – Vile Hypocrisy – 5:36
3 – D.O.S. (Desolation Of Sodom) – 4:22
4 – Tormented – 3:52
5 – Shadow Of Death – 4:21
6 – Blemished Sacrifices – 3:58
7 – Not Even One – 3:38
8 – Extraction From Mortality – 6:07
9 – Stress – 3:03

Bass, Written-By – Howe Kraft
Drums, Mixed By, Written-By – Joey Daub
Engineer, Mixed By – Paul Krueger
Guitar, Vocals, Mixed By, Written-By – Kurt Bachman
Guitar, Written-By – Dave Baddorf
Illustration, Layout, Design – Jeff Spencer
Producer, Mixed By – Doug Mann
Violin, Viola – Scott Laird

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Morningstar Studios
Distributed By – Word (U.K.) Ltd
Made By – Music Manufacturers

Various – East Coast Metal – 1988

This 1988 Regency Records sampler featured some of the best East Coast Metal bands of the time and some very exclusive tunes. There are a few unreleased tracks and other than that I have listed below where you can find the albums with the songs.

1 – Apostle – The Sword – On the 1988 Demo “Hymns”
2 – Rage Of Angels – Reason To Rock – On the 1989 Album “Rage Of Angels”
3 – Arsenal – Message Of Love – Unreleased
4 – The Lead – Tunnel Vision – On the 1987 Album “The Past Behind”
5 – Taker – Yesterday, Today & Forever – On the 1987 Demo “Mat. 11:12”
6 – Second Chance – The Blazing Wasteland – On the 1988 Demo “The Blazing Wasteland”
7 – Arsenal – Stand Strong – Unreleased
8 – Believer – The Chosen – Unreleased until “Extraction From Mortality” in 2001
9 – Taker – Living By Faith – On the 1987 Demo “Mat. 11:12”

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