Bloodgood, one of the most
recognized 80's Christian metal bands, was formed in 1984 in Seattle, WA
by Michael Bloodgood. Seattle was the stomping grounds for bands
like Queensryche and Metal Church in those days, so naturally Bloodgood
felt a Christian metal influence was warranted in the area.
Bloodgood, in their own words, was
not influenced by other Christian metal bands like Stryper, but instead
hammered out their own sound. We will agree with this as Bloodgood
had a heavier edged and less melodic sound than Stryper. Their 1988
and 1989 albums (Rock in a Hard Place and
Out of the Darkness), are
available as a set.
In the late 1980's, Bloodgood
found more popularity in Europe than in the USA, and often included some
graphic Christian imagery in their stage show (including the crucifixion
of Christ). Some of their down to earth Christian lyrics and stage
show antics had the Christian right slightly up in arms, but we have
never been able to figure out what the consternation was all about.
Bloodgood disbanded in 1994, but
were resurrected (pun intended) over the years, even working with
Stryper. The band was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of
Fame in 2010. At the time of this writing, Michael Bloodgood was
actually a pastor in Washington State (go, Michael!).
At the time of this writing, the
Bloodgood Discography was as follows: 1985: Metal Missionaries
1988: Rock in a Hard Place
1989: Out of the Darkness
1990: Alive in America: Live Volume One
1990: Shakin' the World: Live Volume Two
1991: All Stand Together
1991: The Collection
1993: To Germany with Love!
2002: Bloodgood Rock Theater
2009: Bloodgood Live in Norway
2010: Metal Missionaries 25th Anniversary Edition