**Although written by me, this review originally appeared on the Rock United website (www.rockunited.com) during my time as a writer with those fine folks. However, I present it here, with some slight edits and encourage readers to investigate Rock United‘s website as well**
When hearing the term “Christian Rock or Metal” the name that most comes to people minds is Stryper given their mainstream commercial success, but there are many others in the genre hiding behind the curtains of mainstream success. One such band is Bloodgood having originally formed in 1984 and issuing their debut offering, Bloodgood in 1986. They have released five studio recordings, three live albums, and two DVDs. While Bloodgood did not achieve the commercial success that Stryper found, they have been touted as a vital stepping stone in the maturing process of Christian Rock.
BLOODGOOD – Dangerously Close (Album Review)
The band is now comprised of founder and bassist Michael Bloodgood, original vocalist Les Carlsen, drummer Kevin Whistler, guitarist Paul Jackson and Stryper guitarist Oz Fox. In late 2013 Bloodgood released Dangerously Close, their first studio album in some 22 years. Dangerously Close starts off with “Lamb of God” which has also been released as a video. The song starts off well with a good charging, grinding style riff. But before the end of it my mind wanders and it just can’t hold my attention. This happened on three listens, tuning back in again somewhere around the fourth song of “I Will”. Again zoning out and completely missing “Bread Alone” coming back in for “Pray”, I’m just not compelled by the songs here. “Man in the Middle” is a great song, a little Dio-esque somehow and probably the best of the lot.
Dangerously Close seems to contain a more progressive sound to me than that of Christian Rock frontrunners, Stryper. The songs one on one are quite good in a mix or playlist and while I want to like it I find that the songs of Dangerously Close just can’t hold my attention for the whole album. I should state that this has nothing to do with the messages contained therein.
Amazing the difference four years can make. I recently re-listened to Bloodgood – Dangerously Close and it fares much better than I gave it here in 2014. It opens strong in “Lamb of God” and “Run Away” also goes down well. Track 5, “Bread Alone” rocks, as does “Pray” and “Run The Race”. I’m still not much of a fan of the slower paced compositions, but that’s just me. The rockers on this really do rock and it’ll be getting some more listens in the future.
**Originally written for and posted on RockUnited.com (www.rockunited.com) on February 5, 2014.**