This was Holy Soldier’s second album and in my opinion was a step up from their first album. Turns out most fans at the time disagree with me. The album did not sell well. In fact it sold poorly enough that Word records dumped the band. After reading up on this I personally believe Word in fact dumped them as they wanted to take a turn at trying to attract a secular audience. If you were in the industry at the time Stryper was the only band allowed to do this for some reason. When anyone else tried it usually the label was not interested. It was a strange time in the industry. The cut that also probably caused them some problem is a cover of the Rolling Stones Vietnam era song “Gimme Shelter”. I actually think it’s a pretty good cover though they could have put a little more of their own signature on it. Anyway, that said this album leans to a more hard rock feel on several tracks and overall I think is well done.
Tracklist 1 – Virtue & Vice – 4:30 2 – Crazy – 4:44 3 – Hallow’s Eve – 4:18 4 – Gimme Shelter – 4:23 5 – Love Is On The Way – 4:54 6 – Dead End Drive – 3:53 7 – Tuesday Mourning – 4:23 8 – Fairweather Friend – 3:25 9 – Last Train – 4:34
Credits Bass – Andy Robbins Drums – Terry Russel Guitar – Jamie Cramer, Scott Soderstrom Producer [Produced By] – David Zaffiro Vocals – Steven Patrick
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc. Copyright (c) – Word, Inc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word (Uk) Ltd. Copyright (c) – Word (Uk) Ltd. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word Communications Ltd. Copyright (c) – Word Communications Ltd. Manufactured By – Word, Inc. Produced For – Zaffiro Productions
Holy soldier formed in the 80’s by bassist Andy Robbins and guitarist Jamie Cramer and they quickly gained popularity in their hometown of Los Angeles. They commonly played secular outlets but maintained an evangelical message. In 1988 they released a demo and it was very popular in both secular and Christian circles. They were subsequently signed to some sort of deal between Word (Myrrh) and A&M Records. I’m not sure but I think they may have been the first Metal band sign by Word but admittedly I could be wrong. The album did really well in Christian circles and actually had some moderate success with secular audiences. The album achieved two Dove Awards in the hard rock song and album of the year categories. Point of trivia of the album is that is was produced by Bloodgood guitarist David Zaffiro and he did a great job. The album has a polished commercial sound and was as good as anything published at the time in the secular Metal genre.
Tracklist 1 – Stranger – 3:25 2 – See No Evil – 5:28 3 – The Pain Inside Of Me – 6:35 4 – Cry Out For Love – 3:28 5 – Tear Down The Walls – 3:58 6 – When The Reign Comes Down – 5:17 7 – Lies – 4:58 8 – Eyes Of Innocence – 3:55 9 – Love Me – 4:15 10 – We Are Young, We Are Strong – 5:15
Credits A&R [A&R Direction] – Mark Maxwell Art Direction – Laurie M. Fink Art Direction, Design – F2 Design Backing Vocals – Andy, Jamie, Michael, Steven, Terry Backing Vocals [Additional] – Charles Meserole, Donna Rood, Donny Russell, Evelyn Watson, Marc Anthony, Michael Plissner, Sherie Hopper, Vanessa Beckrum Band, Bass – Andy Robbins Band, Drums – Terry “The Animal” Russel Band, Guitar [Guitars] – Jamie Cramer, Michael Cutting Band, Lead Vocals – Steven Patrick Bass [Bass Overdubs] – Jerry Watts (tracks: 3) Coordinator [Artwork Coordination] – Roz Edited By [Digital Editing By] – Daniel Hersch Effects [Keyboard Effects] – Charles Meserole Engineer [Additional Engineering] – Bobby Salcedo, Dave Hackbarth Engineer [Drun Track Engineer] – John Hanlon Engineer [Overdub Engineer] – Charles Meserole Engineer [Second Engineer] – Brian Herbert, Chuck Rodriguez, Jeff Piergeorge Management [Managed By] – Daryn Hinton Mastered By – Bob Ludwig Mixed By – Joe Chiccarelli Photography By [CD Portrait Photos (b/w)] – Aaron Rapoport Photography By [Front Cover Photograph] – John Scarpati Photography By [Live Photograph of Steven Patrick] – Perry Cooper Photography By [Live Photographs] – Nigel Skeet Producer [Produced By] – David Zaffiro Technician [Drums By] – Ross Garfield
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc. Copyright (c) – Word, Inc. Manufactured By – Word, Inc. Produced For – Zaffiro Productions Published By – Most Triumphant Music Published By – Dayspring Published By – Barkloid Music Published By – Word Music Recorded At – Wayne Cook Studios Recorded At – Neverland Studios Recorded At – Mixing Lab B Recorded At – Pakaderm Studios Mixed At – Master Control, Burbank Edited At – DigiPrep Mastered At – Masterdisk
Don’t know much about this band except that Steve Patrick of Holy Soldier was the lead on this project. Strangely he is credited as Steve O’Donnell and there is a Sean O’Donnell credited also. None of the rest of the names in the band seem to have done anything else so this little gem will remain a mystery. I was researching Steve Patrick and was happy to see he’s still making music. His most recent album is country and is actually pretty darn good.
Tracklist 1 – Kill ‘Em With Love – 5:47 2 – Hell On Wheels – 6:17 3 – Emerald Stare – 4:31 4 – Revelation – 2:30 5 – Grave Beneath The Willow – 5:59
Credits Bass, Keyboards – Kelly McDonald Drums – David McNinch Keyboards, Lead Guitar – Sean O’Donnell Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar – Steve O’Donnell