It starts with production, which while on the raw but by no means crude side of things, cements guitars to the front of the mix but also allows an equally forthright bass presence.
The upshot is a front to back hard rocking proclivity we will not hear from the group starting with its late eighties era. It is change for the good in that Silence Screams finds the group returning to the front to back blues based hard rock roots that made its first three albums so successful. Correspondingly, you will encounter no pop or wave or punk or keyboard or experiments weird songs.
In other words, Rez Band has left its affinity for the erratic that plagued prior releases behind while upping the standard as it pertains to production. What allows Silence Screams to rank so high is the presence of no filler.
Rez Band debut Awaiting Your Reply represents a classic sign of the times scenario. In other words, those curious about the details as they pertain to the late seventies hard rock scene need look no further than Awaiting Your Reply. Also, do not worry about production, which is quite solid when factoring the period in which the group recorded the album. All around, Awaiting Your Reply proves solid and consistent in setting the standard for things to come from the group, both near and far.
Civil Rites might find Rez Band maintaining the same production values and heavier musical focus upheld since Silence Screamsbut it also takes a slight step back in terms of musical consistency. Similar to its recent predecessors, Civil Rites features its share of standout material. Perhaps it is from mellowing with age, but in Reach Of Love Rez Band recorded perhaps its most laid back, Album) key and moodiest release of its career or at the very least ranking alongside Lament in this capacity.
In no way does this imply it to be any less of a work in that you will still encounter your share of classic material up to the standards one expects from the group. Such lack of continuity in deep cuts ultimately prevents me from ranking Reach Of Love alongside more well rounded efforts such as Silence Screams and Innocent Blood.
It proves successful here due to quality of songwriting the differing styles fail to come across tedious as a result and production by far the best of the early releases. Yes, the album found the group starting to drift back to a more constant bluesy hard rock sound but still mixed in some frustratingly bad keyboard based pop wave moments. Final Rez Band studio album features bluesy acoustic re-interpretations of the bands classic material of the past.
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Listen Now with Amazon Music. Amazon Music Unlimited. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The band originally played together under the name "Charity" in with Jesus People Milwaukee, based in Milwaukee. Before their relocation to Chicagothe name "Resurrection Band" was chosen and the band became a primary focus of the community's ministry. After arriving in Chicago, the band recorded two independent cassettes that were given away after their concerts.
The band performed anywhere they were allowed to play, from schools to prisons to street corners. The first cassette, Music to Raise the Deadfeatured hard rockwhile All Your Life comprised only their acoustic numbers. These were a reflection of the folk -oriented sets they would play at more conservative venues such as nursing homes and churches. The churches were deeply sceptical of Christian rockespecially the borderline heavy metal that Resurrection Band specialized in.
Star Song Records were warned away from the project by other gospel music executives, but the tiny label had nothing to lose so they signed the band and released the record as it was.
Although misunderstood by many critics at the time, the album has been re-evaluated and highly praised in recent years and is listed at No. Although the band was pleased with the effort, Star Song was not, and the band was forced to find another label shortly after its release. Rainbow's End is significant for being the first album by an American rock band to address the racist system of apartheid in South Africaa full year before Peter Gabriel brought the issue to the world's attention with his classic song " Biko.
Both Coloursreleased inand Mommy Don't Love Daddy AnymoreAlbum), released inwere solid collections of music that alternately addressed larger social issues such as poverty and divorce as well as personal spiritual issues of salvation and discipleship, along with the intersection between the two.
While the mainstream Christian press was still adapting to the idea of Christian hard rock, both albums were highly praised by alternative Christian music newspapers and their leading publication Harvest Rock Syndicate awarded both five stars. In addition, Resurrection Band began receiving greater airplay on radio stations that played Christian rock. Combined with their reputation as a powerful live act and effective evangelistic ministry thanks to the fiery sermons preached at the end of Resurrection Band concerts by Glenn Kaiserthe band gained a positive reputation among church youth leaders as well as an enthusiastic and devoted fanbase.
In spite of the increased attention, Resurrection Band Album) any and all profits back into the Jesus People USA community, as members held all monies in common according to the example set by the New Testament church. In an attempt to be more efficient stewards of those monies, Resurrection Band built their own recording studio in the heart of their community, later nicknamed "Tone Zone.
A transitional work, the album was half Van Halen -inspired hard rock featuring blistering guitar solos from Stu Heisswhile the other half took a much more new wave -driven approach, a controversial musical direction the band would pursue with greater vigor on future releases. The split personality of the album was not well-received critically, although it generated two tracks that became live staples for years to come: "Military Man" and "White Noise.
To that end, those songs appeared again on the band's Afrikaans - Resurrection Band - Rainbows End (Cassette release, Live Bootlega live album recorded before an enthusiastic local audience at the Odeum in Villa Park, IL in October This was the band's first release for Sparrow Recordsone of the largest and most successful Christian record labels, which at that time was seeking to sign more Christian musical acts with ministry as their primary focus.
Live Bootleg was the first album to be released under the band's shortened moniker "Rez Band," a colloquialism created by fans, and it also featured a number of songs that directly addressed issues of concern to high school -aged listeners. The latter focus would continue for as long as the band recorded music.
After a number of successful tours throughout the United States and Europe in the early s with a variety of Christian hard rock acts—including a high-profile tour in with Swedish quartet Jerusalem —Rez Band was viewed by both fans and music critics as the preeminent Christian hard rock band. As a result, when Rez Band released Hostage in latelisteners were caught completely off guard.
Moderately keyboard-driven, the album reflected the band's increasing interest in New Wave music with the first single "S. Still, the move was controversial and the critical reaction highly divided.
Rez Band had not completely abandoned its hard rock sound, though. The next single, "Crimes" - sung by co-lead singer Wendi Kaiser - is a traditional headbanging Rez Band number about inner-city violence, a topic that band members and the Jesus People USA community know first-hand. That brief taste of mainstream success had a major influence on the band's next album, Between Heaven 'N Hellwhich jettisoned most of the New Wave stylings of Hostage in favor of radio-friendly hard rock more akin to their Colours period.
Shortening their moniker even further to "REZ," the band took advantage of the fact that Capitol Records now handled Sparrow's distribution. While the lyrics on the album represent a strong Christian worldview, explicit references to God or Jesus were almost non-existent. The catchy "Love Comes Down" was chosen as the band's first single and the music video - featuring much dance choreography - was a far more polished effort and as a result, received far more airplay on MTV than Afrikaans - Resurrection Band - Rainbows End (Cassette ever did.
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