This is something of a new, hopefully recurring, thing. Taking a look back at the music from back in the ‘day’, and seeing how it holds up after a decade or two.
I’m going to start with one of those albums that never managed to get out of my head, and is only available due to the amazing nature of the internet. This one isn’t on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music, or any other service I am familiar with. I think I found the CD on Amazon.
Messiah Prophet was formed initially in the late 70s, and released Master of the Metal in 1986. It was their second album, and for all intents and purposes, their last. They went quiet for a decade, and then released a fairly ill-received follow-up in 1996. I discovered this in the church (Covenant Presbyterian in Hammond, IN) youth group room’s tape library, sometime after 1988, probably 1990/91.
And I damn near wore that tape out.
The music here was, in some ways, classic hair metal with a bit more edge than usual, but not so much to move them into the realm of heavier genres. Lyrically the music is solidly in the Christian metal wheelhouse – not the anger of a Barren Cross, or the directness of Petra, but still right there telling you who they are, and what they are presenting. The third track, for example, is the 23rd psalm. Can’t be more on point than that.
So does it hold up?
Totally. From a musical standpoint, I went from Scorpions, Def Leppard and still-good Bon Jovi right to post-black album Metallica and Hanger 18-era Megadeth (with a detour to Queensryche in there too). I was never into things like KISS, Crue, RATT, etc. The occasional single on MTV would catch my attention, but otherwise I wasn’t into the hair scene per se. Messiah Prophet was hard enough to work with where my tastes were headed, without swinging too far into areas I was never into. Listening to it today, I am hearing a lot more going on in the music – both in how it plays off the superior CD format, and how there is just more happening than I could hear as a teen. I am in a position to appreciate much more of what they were doing. Especially on this one – easily the best track on the CD.
This is one very much worth checking out. Even at 30, the music holds up perfectly, and the album does not have that dated feel.