PARADOX (US) - Ruler (Demo - 1987) - Επανακυκλοφορεί από RetroActive

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PARADOX (US) - Ruler (Demo - 1987) - Επανακυκλοφορεί από RetroActive

Παρ 01 Μάιος 2020, 13:45







Η Retroactive επανακυκλοφορεί την παρθενικό demo των Christian Metallers, PARADOX από το Texas των ΗΠΑ.


Buy this CD & Vinyl at http://boonesoverstock.com anytime after April 30th, 2020


First time ever on CD / Vinyl

Offered record label deals by Intense Records and Star Song Records

One of the most highly regarded bands in the Christian metal scene to never be signed to a label (Soldier, Taker, Apostle are others).

If there were a Hall of Fame for Christian Metal demos, Paradox's Ruler (1987) and Power & the Glory (1989) would be first ballot HOF'ers

Tracks on the Big Rage Compilation (Pure Metal), Underground Metal Compilation (Regency), & Brave New Music Compilation (Star Song)

Write-up by Doug Van Pelt of Heaven's Metal Magazine

Write up by lead singer, Manny Castillo

Part of the Legends Remastered Series on Retroactive Records

Vinyl comes with two-sided 12x12 insert

CD features 12 page booklet with lyrics and rare band pics / jewel case

Limited edition 500 CD / 200 Vinyl

Digitally remastered by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound

Layout by Scott Waters (NoLifeTilMetal Graphics)

80's glam / hair look and song hooks, but powerful heavy metal for fans of Recon, Sacred Warrior, and Iron Maiden


ABOUT THE ALBUM

Music critics might argue as to what city should be labeled “the heavy metal capitol of the world.” Hollywood, London, New York, San Francisco, Tampa. The debate goes on. If you ask touring metal bands, though, there is a consensus that this title should belong to none other than San Antonio, Texas. Citizens of this Central Texas city love their heavy metal and especially their fist-pumping, screaming and yelling loud hard rock concerts. This is the city where Paradox was born. In 1987, they burst upon the scene with this 8-song album-on-cassette called Ruler. It introduced the metal world to the shredding, soloing and controlled feedback of lead guitarist Fernando Hernandez. He was backed by rhythm guitarist and heart of the band, John Vidaurri, who was also the busiest member. He and his wife, Liz, would book the gigs, procure the fashion, the makeup and all that went with making a band look metal. Liz was the official band photographer, and she also would help with their hair and choreograph their onstage moves. Brothers Galicia provided the backbone of the rhythm section. Bassist Phil Galicia III added great background vocals, played some keyboards and even handled the artwork for the band. His little brother, Efrain, played drums like a madman, swirled his hair around like Tommy Lee, and was still in high school during this exciting time for the band. Manuel Castillo was the band’s frontman, which spilled over to leading the band spiritually, hosting rehearsals in his garage, preaching from the stage and, in an unusual move for a power metal band, he would whip out the flute for a prog-metal number during their concerts. He mixes the fervor of Keith Green with the showmanship of Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. What other metal singer can you say that about?

Sporting long hair, mascara and spandex like the rest of the late ‘80s metal scene, Paradox mixed the power metal of Iron Maiden, Manowar or Dio with the melodic metal sensibilities of a Stryper, Queensryche or even Kiss. The riffs pulsate with a musical muscle workout while the giant hooks grab the listener by the throat and almost force them to sing along.

One thing that cannot be lost on this band is the lyrics. No matter what side of the God or church fence you find yourself on, Paradox has powerful, bold lyrics that match the passion of a revivalist preacher and the theology of a pastor.

Tunes like “We Are the Temple” and “Ruler” were worship songs at full volume. “Last Race,” “Long Live the King” and “Stand Up for Jesus” were pastoral anthems for believing metalheads. The latter even name dropped Stryper and Bloodgood. How cool is that?

“Can’t You See” and “You Must be Saved” were pleas to the unconverted to come to Jesus. It doesn’t get more blunt and in-your-face than that.

It’s easy (and true) to say that it’s a shame Paradox didn’t get the international record deal shared by their peers (like Sacred Warrior, Whitecross and Barren Cross enjoyed), but there were thousands of metalheads who did buy the Ruler and Power & Glory albums on cassette. It is those fans who will most appreciate this re-release and re-kindling of the fire that is Paradox (can you say “new material coming soon?”), but those just now discovering the band will no doubt rejoice, too.

Doug Van Pelt, Heaven’s Metal


Tracks:

Long Live the King

Singing All Night

We Are the Temple

Ruler

Last Race

Can't You See

Stand Up for Jesus
Ο παλιμπαιδισμός των νεώτερων μπαντών "είμαστε τόσο εκτός σκηνής αλλά ηχογραφούμε για την Metal Blade" μόνο underground δεν είναι. - Zippo190 - Forgotten Scroll Forum - 2018
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PARADOX (US) - Ruler (Demo - 1987) - Επανακυκλοφορεί από RetroActive

Σάβ 02 Μάιος 2020, 13:43

μην αρχίσω τα βρισίδια τώρα, άλλοι γύφτοι από κει
πόσα χρόνια μιλάγαμε για το Ruler και το Wrath...
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PARADOX (US) - Ruler (Demo - 1987) - Επανακυκλοφορεί από RetroActive

Κυρ 10 Μάιος 2020, 12:35

Επειδή δεν έχω κοντά μου τα CDs των Bride, είναι η ίδια εταιρεία; Αν ναι να υποθέσω πως θα κυκλοφορήσει στο γνωστό «χασαπόχαρτο»; :D
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PARADOX (US) - Ruler (Demo - 1987) - Επανακυκλοφορεί από RetroActive

Κυρ 10 Μάιος 2020, 12:51

μόνο φτηνιάρικες καύλες.
@CountRaven δεν ήθελα να το πω αλλά με αναγκάζεις, μια κλανιά του Adams και μια έστω και λάθος νότα από το μπάσο του Demaio εξαϋλώνουν 20 Prequelle στην καθισιά τους.
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