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Zion - 1989 Thunder From The Mountain




ARTIST: Zion
ALBUM: Thunder From The Mountain
LABEL: Image
SERIAL: 24U00002
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Rex Scott - vocals, guitar * David Moore - guitars, vocals * Jeff Johnson - bass * Tommy Bozung - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Who Pulls the Strings * 02 Kick In The Gates * 03 Is It A Crime * 04 Help Me * 05 Thrillseeker * 06 Sold You A Lie * 07 Roll The Rock * 08 Less Of Me * 09 He Loves You


Background
Wind the clock back to 1989 and Christian metal and hard rock was in full flight. Most of it was pretty good actually, if you could read past the 'message', the music stood out, usually crystal clear production combined with classy arrangements. Secular bands also gave much influence to budding Christian acts. Take one-off wonders Zion for instance, displaying a healthy dose of many eighties bands within their makeup. This band is also helped by a pristine production courtesy of David Zaffiro, himself a well known artist in the Christian metal scene with his band Bloodgood. The only notable member of Zion is Rex Scott, who previously spun his vocal talent with the band X-Sinner. His style resembles singers such as Chris Cade, Mark Slaughter and Parramore McCarty.. a mixed bag yes, but the guy certainly displays variety!


The Songs
'Who Pulls the Strings' is a kinda cool introduction to the band. Reminding me of Tower City mostly, though the riff has a Rods like quality about it. The riffing continues on 'Kick In The Gates' taking on a Fierce Heart approach, and trying to sound as mean and gruff as the song title. 'Is It A Crime' and 'Help Me' both take a stab at the sort of melodic rock peddled by a band like Melidian for instance. Scott doing his best Chris Cade impersonation. Unlike the song title, 'Thrillseeker' doesn't thrill at all really, cheesy metal best left in the eighties. Much better is 'Sold You A Lie', though the Parramore McCarty vocalisms can get a little over-exaggerated at times. 'Roll The Rock' is absolutely huge anthem rock, big sounding with an attitude to match. An album highlight. 'Less Of Me' follows up with equal aggression, featuring growling guitars and prowling vocals. Great stuff. Zion finish up with the edgy sounding 'He Loves You', though the dodgy JC prattling is offputting.


In Summary
Though the band only survived for one album, its well worth having a listen, particularly for fans of late eighties hair metal. The band reunited briefly during 2004 for a one-off event, and who knows, they could be persuaded to fire up the amps for another bash, though nearly twenty years have passed.. hmmm.. perhaps that is not a good idea after all.. Those of you who like bands such as Whitecross, Recon, Holy Soldier or Rage Of Angels will find another contender for your collection with Zion.


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