Hello, there! I’m Christopher, which you should have known if you saw my cute little green logo. So, let me not distract you from the following post. I hope you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’re done reading it! Enjoy!
I’m super pumped for this one! Are you? I’ve reviewed a ton of stuff from ApologetiX to Passion to 1GN to Guardian and others!
One quick thing, the former guitarist of Bloodgood, David Zaffiro, produced a few Passion albums. Interesting, huh?
So after listening to a ton of ApologetiX, I jumped into Guardian and really enjoyed them. Then I decided to listen to Bloodgood next.
I’ve heard a few songs from them, so I knew to expect some things, most notably Les Carlsen’s amazing voice!
So let’s jump in album-by-album and see what I thought.
Oh, if you don’t know, “Bloodgood” is named after the bassist Michael Bloodgood, just to let you know.
Bloodgood: In lyrics, this might be my favorite album. And I think this clearly said, “This is who we are. This is Bloodgood.”
My favorite track is “Awake,” which is from Jesus’ perspective and is some time before Jesus is taken away by the Pharisees. It really showcases the awesome voice of Les and David Zaffiro’s guitar skill.
Other highlights include “Soldier of Peace,” which I think is a very cool description of a Christian ready to fight the battle. “Accept The Lamb” is a Bloodgood song that I have known for quite a few years, and I still love that song. And the album finishes of well with “Black Snake.”
Yet it wasn’t 100% what I was expecting, I really enjoyed this album! As I said, it’s my favorite lyrically and there’s good messages! This album is actually my favorite of the first five albums. Interesting, huh?
If you were to get this album, I advise you to buy the remastered version, which should sound better. In fact, the first four studio albums are remastered (I don’t think the fifth is), so I’m not gonna repeat myself with each album.
Detonation: “The Messiah” is my favorite track on this album. It’s a beautiful song that describes the feelings of the disciples after the death of Jesus, the awesomeness of the resurrection, and the mandate to tell the news to the world.
The prequel track to that is “Crucify,” which is Pilate and the crowd, and that song is something. And before that, “Eat the Flesh” describes the Passover.
Other tracks I like include “Battle Of The Flesh” and “Alone In Suicide,” which the latter is such an emotional song.
But, all in all, I thought the album was mostly okay. That was my impression after I first listened to it. But after listening to the live performances, then I started to like some songs better. (Live performances help me appreciate some songs better. I don’t know why.)
Rock In A Hard Place: So, the first two albums were pretty much classic, but heavy, rock. This one is toned down, potentially the mellowest of the first five.
An instant classic for me was “Seven,” which was a song I knew from the old days. “Never Be The Same” is also a great song. If you aren’t into all the rock and roll, but wanna check out Bloodgood, then this would be the perfect choice for you!
Out Of The Darkness: This album picks up a little more metal and I really enjoyed this album (but was a little surprised there were only nine songs, just like the previous album). The best song is “Top Of The Mountain.” It is such a wonderful and great song that encourages us to spend more time with God. And “Out Of The Darkness” was a great album opener!
I’m sure all of you would enjoy this album, which was Paul Jackson’s first album as a guitarist. Some really good songs on here.
Rock House Theatre (a.k.a. Alive In America and Shakin’ The World): And then Bloodgood did a big live show and released it as two albums (and they were also available on video). I really enjoyed it and it made me appreciate the songs better! The video is currently available as “Rock House Theatre.”
All Stand Together: This album mellows down a bit, but it’s a great listen! “All Stand Together” was another song I knew from my past, and when I heard “I Wanna Live In Your Heart,” I remembered it from my childhood! Boy was I excited!
But some new favorites include “Rounded Are The Rocks.” (If you join the Bloodgood Fan Club, then you get a re-recorded version of this song ft. Oz Fox of Stryper!) And I love the way Les sings “Streetlight Dancer.”
So this album is like in between “Out Of The Darkness” and “Rock In A Hard Place.” But it’s a really good album!
To Germany, With Love: Then the band released a third live album recorded live in Germany in 1993, which I really enjoyed hearing how enthusiastic the crowd was about Jesus. That really touched me. But the quality of the recording is quite poor and it doesn’t sound that amazing.
Dangerously Close: In 2013, they released a Kickstarter-backed album! Whee! And this is my favorite Bloodgood album of all time! In this album, Oz Fox of Stryper debuts as a Bloodgood guitarist. And I just love this album oh so much, especially the first half! I listen to “Child On Earth,” “Bread Alone” and “Lamb Of God” almost all the time! This albums also includes the wonderful ballad “Crush Me.” And “In The Trenches” is a great ending song!
But this, in my mind, is not that great of a “reunion” album, if you know what I mean. The style has kinda changed and sounds a little more modern (they did a great job replicating “Rounded Are The Rocks,” so it’s not like they couldn’t match their old sound). That kinda shocked me at first, but I kept listening to this album and I just LOVE IT!!!
In sum, Bloodgood is a great band to check out! They have their share of mellow and heavy stuff, and that should appeal to many people. And the lyrics in most of the songs are just amazing.
And I really hope these guys can release another album in a year or two. Maybe even sooner!
Hello again! I’m so happy you finished reading my post, and, boy, do I hope you liked it!