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Bloodgood 1986

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Bloodgood-Bloodgood/Detonation (Frontline) 1986/1998

1. "Accept The Lamb" (3:48)
2. "Stand In The Light" (3:44)
3. "Demon On The Run" (4:00)
4. "Anguish And Pain" (3:06)
5. "Awake!" (4:14)
6. "Soldier Of Peace" (3:16)
7. "You Lose" (2:56)
8. "What's Following The Grave" (5:06)
9. "Killing The Beast" (4:43)
10. "Black Snake" (2:56)
11. "Battle of the Flesh" (2:45)
12. "Vagrant People" (3:26)
13. "Self Destruction" (3:29)
14. "Alone in Suicide" (4:04)
15. "Heartbeat (of the City)" (3:25)
16. "Eat the Flesh" (4:25)
17. "Holy Fire" (3:10)
18. "Crucify" (3:05)
19. "The Messiah" (4:25)
20. "Live Wire" (2:39)

With the exception of the corny opening, Bloodgood's self titled album is a great metal disc. "Black Snake" is a fast thrash song, but the majority of this disc is just good mid-paced 80's heavy metal. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find an original copy of this on cd, so I bought this KMG re-issue instead and held on to the original vinyl copy. The KMG issue has all the songs from both the debut and "Detonation" but only has a single page insert with very little in the way of liner notes and no photos. In other words, it's cheap! The original cd release is much better.

Mortification covered "Black Snake" on their "Live Planetarium" disc.

Detonation Bloodgood-Detonation (Frontline) 1987

1. "Battle of the Flesh" (2:45)
2. "Vagrant People" (3:26)
3. "Self Destruction" (3:29)
4. "Alone in Suicide" (4:04)
5. "Heartbeat (of the City)" (3:25)
6. "Eat the Flesh" (4:25)
7. "Holy Fire" (3:10)
8. "Crucify" (3:05)
9. "The Messiah" (4:25)
10. "Live Wire" (2:39)

"Detonation" is a REAL metal album by a band dedicated to bringing Christianity to a scene that is dominated by darkness. "Battle of the Flesh" is the closest Bloodgood has ever come to speed metal. "Alone in Suicide" is a ballad penned by guitarist David Zaffiro. But the best songs on this disc are the theatrical "Crucify/The Messiah." These two tracks would be major concert favorites right up to the time that Bloodgood split. "Detonation" is a great metal album by a great metal band. The original is very hard to find but the music is still available on the KMG double disc re-issue.

Rock In A Hard Place Bloodgood-Rock In a Hard Place (Intense) 1988

1.   "Shakin' It" (2:52)
2.   "Never Be the Same" (3:59)
3.   "Presense" (3:29)
4.   "What Have I Done?" (3:41)
5.   "Heaven on Earth" (3:43)
6.   "Do or Die" (2:21)
7.   "She's Gone" (4:29)
8.   "World (Keeps Movin' Around)" (4:09)
9.   "Seven" (4:47)

This disc was a lot more melodic than Bloodgood's first two albums, signaling a change in direction, or so I thought. Still there are some great songs on here. "She's Gone" is a mesmerizing guitar ballad with a repeating piano part and "Shakin' It" is a heavy boogie rocker. One strange thing about this disc is that the bass is completely missing from the mix. I remember reading some years back that Michael Bloodgood's basslines were erased from most of the tapes shortly before their release date/deadline. How that heck could that happen? Funny thing is, it doesn't effect the songs that much, but the mix is a bit on the trebly side. The exception would be "Seven" where the bass is present and becomes critical to the song.

Well, it seems I was wrong about the bass lines. This is what Michael Bloodgood had to say:

Hi,
I wanted to let you know about my bass lines on the Rock in a Hard Place release. The bass guitar is there, if you listen really hard! It turns out the studio we recorded in (Bear Creek) had a ton of false low-end that our producer wasn't aware of when he was mixing, which is why there is such a lack of low end; it's not just the bass that seems missing, but the entire low spectrum. And no one seemed to catch it when it was mastered, either. If you own a copy of RHP on vinyl, you can really hear the bass guitar better than on CD or cassette. Needless to say, when RHP came out I was very disappointed with the mastered product. Anyway, I came across your website tonight and read the review about the missing bass lines and I wanted to set the record straight (no pun intended).

Keep rockin',
Michael Bloodgood

Out of the Darkness Bloodgood-Out of the Darkness (Intense) 1989

1. "Out of the Darkness" (3:43)
2. "Let My People Go" (4:09)
3. "America" (4:04)
4. "It's Alright" (3:44)
5. "Top Of the Mountain" (6:30)
6. "Hey! You" (4:04)
7. "Mad Do World" (4:24)
8. "Changing Me" (6:38)
9. "New Age Illusion" (3:18)

"Out of the Darkness" is much heavier than "Rock in A Hard Place" but still retains much of the melodic nature; sort of like a mix of the first three albums. Still, this album would be tame compared to much of the metal coming out in 1989. Long time guitarist David Zaffiro is gone and replaced by guitar shredder Paul Jackson. "Out of the Darkness" contains three of my favorite Bloodgood songs: the title track, "Top of the Mountain," and "Changing Me," the later two being incredibly emotional and personal ballads. Bought this disc as a new release.

Bloodgood-Alive in America Vol. 1 (Intense) 1990

1. "Out of the Darkness" (3:54)
2. "Do Or Die" (2:23)
3. "It's Alright" (4:01)
4. "Hey You!" (4:15)
5. "Alone in Suicide" (4:06)
6. "She's Gone" (4:12)
7. "Heaven on Earth" (3:43)
8. "Shakin' It" (2:49)
9. "Soldier of Peace" (3:35)
10. "America" (3:50)
11. "Never Be The Same" (3:45)
12. "Medley: Demon on the Run/Killing the Beast/Battle of the Flesh/Black Snake" (5:50)

When this first came out I had really lost interest in Bloodgood as I was mostly buying thrash and speed metal. A few years later I was getting back into the melodic metal and power metal stuff, so I began to look for the two similtaneously released live discs. Of course they were out of print and have become a major pain to find. I managed to find this one relatively cheap ($5.99) but Volume Two eluded me for years.

Shakin' the World Bloodgood-Live Vol. II/Shakin' The World (Intense) 1990

1. "Let My People Go" (4:22)
2. "Mad Dog World" (4:33)
3. "Top of the Mountain" (5:59)
4. "Awake" (4:00)
5. "Eat the Flesh" (3:57)
6. "Holy Fire" (2:59)
7. "Crucify" (5:04)
8. "The Sixth Hour" (2:04)
9. "The Messiah" (4:18)
10. "Accept the Lamb" (:19)
11. "Seven" (6:51)
12. "New Age Illusion" (4:42)

YEAH!!! At long last, the missing disc in my Bloodgood collection. I searched for years for this final disc and could still kick myself for not buying it when it was readily available. Why I purchased a crappy cassette I do not know. Well, now I have it and the collection is complete. Thanks Olaf, for finding this gem for me.

All Stand Together Bloodgood-All Stand Together (Broken) 1991

1. "S.O.S." (3:52)
2. "All Stand Together" (4:19)
3. "Escape From The Fire" (5:27)
4. "Out Of Love" (2:39)
5. "Say Goodbye" (3:41)
6. "Kingdom Come" (4:12)
7. "Fear No Evil" (3:47)
8. "Help Me" (4:21)
9. "Rounded Are The Rocks" (4:09)
10. "Lies In The Dark" (4:50)
11. "Streetlight Dancer" (3:49)
12. "I Want To Live In Your Heart" (4:31)

I guess Bloodgood couldn't make up their mind if they wanted to be a heavy power metal band ("Detonation") or a commercial metal band ("Rock in A Hard Place"). While their last studio disc was return to their heavier sound, "All Stand Together" once again returns to the more commercial sounds of Dokken. Still, not a bad disc, just not as heavy as some of the others. Bloodgood have alway been good song writers and especially proficient at writting ballads and power ballads, so it's no wonder that the best song is "I Want To Live In Your Heart," a power ballad with a killer hook. This disc is now out of print and especially hard to find, but I managed to find five copies a few years ago in a bargain bin for ninety nine cents each. I already owned the disc, but I picked up all five anyhow and traded them on the internet.

Bloodgood-To Germany With Love (SB) 1993

1. "Intro/Kingdom Come" (4:43)
2. "Heaven On Earth" (3:57)
3. "Let My People Go" (5:51)
4. "Out for Love" (4:11)
5. "All Stand Together" (5:05)
6. "Hey You!" (4:30)
7. "Anguish and Pain" (5:52)
8. "Escape from the Fire" (6:57)
9. "I Want to Live in Your Heart" (4:08)
10. "Self Destruction/Drum Solo" (6:39)
11. "Crucify" (4:06)
12. "Intro/Messiah" (9:57)
13. "Seven" (5:44)

This live disc was originally only released in Germany. Only 990 hand numbered copies were released, thus it became a hot seller on eBay fetching a hefty price. (Sometimes selling for over $200.00! Ouch!) The sound quality is good for a live recording. Recorded March 25, 26, & 28 at Freudenstadt, Erlangen, Stuttgart Germany. I have one of the original copies-my copy is #351. It was a gift from a friend in Germany. Also have a sealed copy of the new release, see below.

To Germany ,With Love! Bloodgood-To Germany With Love (Magdelen/M8) 2000 reissue

1. "Intro/Kingdom Come" (4:43)
2. "Heaven On Earth" (3:57)
3. "Let My People Go" (5:51)
4. "Out for Love" (4:11)
5. "All Stand Together" (5:05)
6. "Hey You!" (4:30)
7. "Anguish and Pain" (5:52)
8. "Escape from the Fire" (6:57)
9. "I Want to Live in Your Heart" (4:08)
10. "Self Destruction/Drum Solo" (6:39)
11. "Crucify" (4:06)
12. "Intro/Messiah" (9:57)
13. "Seven" (5:44)

As stated above, this disc was originally only released in Germany in a limited number of 990 hand numbered copies. In the year 2000. however, M8 Distribution re-issued 2,000 more copies in the U.S., with different cover art. The original is still very hard to find and sells for more on auction sites, but the re-issue has brought the price tag down quite a bit.

On cassette: Bloodgood-Shakin' the World, Vol. Two (Intense)

On vinyl: Bloodgood) Bloodgood-s/t (Frontline) 1986

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