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Stronghold - Fortress Rock 1982 / Remastered on 2012

$80.00

01. Stronghold

02: Barabbas

03: Dreams and Pretty Pictures

04: No Superstars for Jesus

05: Daybreak's Coming

06: Desert Walker

07: The Called

08: Nobody Owes You Nothing

Prior to Christian music's mid '80s flirtation with spandex, big hair and highly oscillated shrieks, there were still a few bands mining the tradition of heavy '70s classic rock. The New York male foursome Stronghold certainly do so on this early 1982 release, and they do so with honors. Originally releasing on the Tunesmith label.

(home to Servant & Barnabas) there is a dark, doomy feel throughout with pounding sledgehammer riffs, typically slow and grungy, crawling along like Black Sabbath ('Barabbas', 'No Superstars For Jesus', 'Nobody Owes You Nothing'), but also some Jethro Tull-ish hard rock.

('Stronghold') as well as strutting metal ala early Judas Priest ('Desert Walker', 'The Call'). According to Christian music historian, Ken Scott, "This is areal bone-crunchin' mama." This 2012 Born Twice Records 6 panel digipak, Stronghold - Fortress Rock: Legends Remastered Volume Six gives new life to this rare classic hard rock monster.

now on CD for the very first time! This is a must-have find for fans of Daniel Band, Barnabas, Black Sabbath, Messiah, and great classic metal! Be sure to check out Volumes 1-5 from the early Jesus Music Legends Remastered Series - Amaziah, Bill Mason Band, Exkursions, and Mike Johnson!

I was not into the Christian music scene when this was originally released in 1982, but it was only a couple years later when I did get heavily involved, and at that time, this release by Stronghold was still on the must-have list of most rockers. So, this reissue brings back many memories of rocking this release on vinyl in the mid-80s.

There was a big flood in the late 70's/early 80s of Christian hard rock bands that were filling the scene, many had the staying powe

bands like Rez Band, Barnabas, Daniel Band, and Jerusalem, while there were many that for me were essential listens, but eventually got lost in the flood, and this included bands like Oracle (Danger Zone), Rob Cassels, Messiah, and of course this release by the New York foursome Stronghold.

Stronghold were one of the original Christian hard rock outfits that had more of a doomy, metallic feel before full out metal hit the scene head-on shortly after. Remembering this was in the early 80's, and record production wasn't near what it is now, plus factoring in that is was even less stellar in the underground Christian rock scene.

where this appeared, this release does have the weakness in the sound quality. But honestly, for me, this does not detract, but adds warmth and life to the greatness I remember back in the days this music was out.

This reissue contains the eight tunes of classic late 70's sounding hard rock, plodding ahead with crunchy guitars riffs and gritty rock vocals, mixed with atmospheric keys at time - you know, that kind of hard rocking that existed before the barrage of hairspray and spandex took over.

For me, this is one of the high water marks among the many great bands that labels like Tunesmith brought Christian music at the time. I loved this release in the day, and am glad and thankful to see it on CD now

Reissue Release Date: July 2012 / Label: Born Twice Records / Originally Released: 1982 / Label: Tunesmith Records.

I was not into the Christian music scene when this was originally released in 1982, but it was only a couple years later when I did get heavily involved, and at that time, this release by Stronghold was still on the must-have list of most rockers. So, this reissue brings back many memories of rocking this release on vinyl in the mid-80s.

There was a big flood in the late 70's/early 80s of Christian hard rock bands that were filling the scene, many had the staying power - bands like Rez Band, Barnabas, Daniel Band, and Jerusalem, while there were many that for me were essential listens, but eventually got lost in the flood, and this included bands like Oracle (Danger Zone), Rob Cassels, Messiah, and of course this release by the New York foursome Stronghold.

Stronghold were one of the original Christian hard rock outfits that had more of a doomy, metallic feel before full out metal hit the scene head-on shortly after. Remembering this was in the early 80's, and record production wasn't near what it is now, plus factoring in that is was even less stellar in the underground Christian rock scene where this appeared,

this release does have the weakness in the sound quality. But honestly, for me, this does not detract, but adds warmth and life to the greatness I remember back in the days this music was out.

This reissue contains the eight tunes of classic late 70’s sounding hard rock, plodding ahead with crunchy Guitars Riffs and Gritty Rock Vocals, mixed with atmospheric keys at time - you know, that kind of hard rocking that existed before the barrage of hairspray and spandex took over.

For me, this is one of the high water marks among the many great bands that labels like Tunesmith brought Christian music at the time. I loved this release in the day, and am glad and thankful to see it on CD now.

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