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Golgotha - Prisoner 1985

$60.00

01. Prisoner

02. Cry Of The Heathe

03. Follow Me

04. At The Foot Of The Cross

 

Members From This Band Went On To Form Valor and Crossforce, Others Joined Soldier And Mercy,

All this Tracks Are Also available, with some live tracks added, on a split CD with Valor's "Fight For Your Life"

 

Line-up:

Valor - 'Fight For Your Life (1-9):

Jim Maxwell - Drums

Adam Alvarez - Bass, Vocals

Chris Price - Guitars

Vic Sardon - Guitar

Michael Brueck - Vocals


Line-up:

Golgatha - 'Prisoner' + live tracks (10-18):

Tony Crider - Vocals

Gary Gladson - Guitar

Albert Whalen - Drums

Adam Alvarez - Bass, Vocals


Make no mistake. These two bands made significant contributions to the underground metal scene in the early and mid 80's. Both bands played powerful melodic metal. Both were from California, and they even shared bassist Adam Alvarez. Neither band ever signed to a record label Originally released in 1988, Valor's album, Fight For Your Life is a hot collectible in the vinyl scene. It's not unusual for mint copies of the nine song album to sell for $200-$300 on eBay and in Europe. Valor's appeal comes from their metal look and precise playing. Obviously masters of their instruments, the band formulates a strong metal sound influenced by early Slayer, Exodus, and Metallica.


In 1985, Golgotha released a powerful demo that took the Christian metal scene by storm. Prisoner provided four songs that proved the band not only had the chops, but also strong songs that made them favorites in the underground metal scene. The Prisoner demo showcases good production and leaves fans wanting more powerful metal in the vein of Iron Maiden.That's why The Tracks have Been added another four songs of Live Golgotha material, filling the CD out to almost 80 minutes

 

Additional notes

A Christian heavy metal/speed metal band from San Fransisco! After the demise of Golgatha (USA), who released the 'Prisoner' demo in 1985, bass-player Adam Alvarez teamed up with Jim Maxwell (drums), Chris Price (guitars) and Michael Brueck (vocals) to form Valor. They recorded one demo, entitled 'Masquerade', and a full-length album before disappearing. / This 2004 CD reissue included several demo and live tracks from Golgatha, the name of the band before they became Valor. The production on these tracks are pretty poor. Still these tracks are a nice inclusion and I am glad to have them. The demo tracks were recorded in 1985.


Back in the late-1980's I bought anything and everything in Christian metal. "Fight for Your Life" was one of the tapes that I purchased back then. I remember liking the Valor tape quite a bit. What was most memorable (and impressionable) to me was the track "Burn" which isn't a song, but rather a drama-like track about a man standing in the presence of God being judged. This track chilled me to my bone. I also remember the music being aggressive thrash metal. I hadn't actually pulled out that tape in years. It wasn't until I found out it was being remastered and released on CD that I got the chance to hear this album again.


Unfortunately my memories of this album were a bit better than the music actually is. Rather than thrash, the music here rides the fence between classic heavy metal and speed metal. Much of this album did not hold up well with time. However, I did find a few tracks that I still liked quite a bit. "Valor" and "Masquerade" are both standout tracks. "Accept Him" is a bizzare thrash polka with a punk delivery. Also, "Burn" still sent chills down my spine. So, while "Fight for Your Life" wasn't quite as good as I remembered it being, it was still an interesting listen and had plenty of nostalgic value. The sound quality is a bit better than the tape.


Originally released in 1988, Valor's album "Fight For Your Life" is a hot collectible in the vinyl scene. Valor's appeal comes from their metal look and precise playing. Obviously masters of their instruments, the band formulates a strong metal sound influenced by early Slayer, Exodus, and Metallica. In 1985, Golgotha released a powerful demo that took the Christian metal scene by storm. "Prisoner" provided four songs that proved the band not only had the chops, but also strong songs that made them favorites in the underground metal scene. The "Prisoner" demo showcases good production and leaves fans wanting more powerful metal in the vein of Iron Maiden. That's why we have added another four songs of "Live" Golgotha material, filling the CD out to almost 80 minutes.

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