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Arkangel - 1980 Warrior

ARTIST: Arkangel
ALBUM: Warrior
LABEL: Joyeuse Garde
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Kemper Crabb - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, dulcimer, lute, recorder, harmonica, autoharp, accordion, percussion * Bekah Crabb - vocals, autoharp * David Marshall - lead & electric guitars, bass, vocals * Rudy M. Sanchez - drums, percussion * Richard Conine - keyboards, piano, flute, sax

Additional Musicians: Andy White - bagpipes * Brian Tankersley - bass * Steve Young - violin, synthesizer

TRACK LISTING: 01 Pange Lingua Certaminis * 02 Warrior * 03 March Of The Ents * 04 Dwelling Place * 05 Paradox (Disciples Song) * 06 Realization * 07 Greater Love * 08 Praises In The Old Tongue * 09 Ex Nihlo * 10 Morning's Anthem * 11 Elohim Considers Antedeluvia * 12 The Nephilim Disembodied * 13 Ark * 14 Bestia Ex Machina * 15 To A Sleeping Infidel * 16 Morning's Anthem Reprise

A highly praised album from this Austin, Texas band; ArkAngel appeared on the scene at a time when CCM was coming into its own and progressive music was pass‚ and almost non-existent in the evangelical community. Fast forward thirty plus years later and 'Warrior' has held up as one of Christian rocks classiest and artful efforts, but ArkAngel's origins are not exactly the stuff of prog legend. Founded by Kemper Crabb and wife Bekah; both can heard in the folksy 'A Mighty Wind' styled outfit Redemption. The poorly dressed band released one private pressed LP and appeared on two totally obscure compilations, but nothing on these platters hinted at the middle-earth magic to come.

The Songs
Produced by fellow Texan Jimmy Hotz whose 1980 album 'Beyond The Crystal Sea' is a Christian prog monster in its own right; 'Warrior' housed in a gorgeous sleeve incorporates an arsenal of medieval instrumentation but this is not a traditional album by any means. The sound is spacey and otherworldly and with stunning vocal counterpoint between Kemper and Bekah, the record is never overbearing musically or lyrically. It's a velvet and gold beauty from start to joyous finish and from the light-touch folk passages of 'Dwelling Place' and the languid Renaissance styled 'Realization' to the darker and far too short instrumental 'The Nephilim Disembodied' as well as the Hawkwind-ish 'Ark; the band's emotional range and adventurousness is breathtaking.

In Summary
ArkAngel never recorded another album although Kemper Crabb has released several solos in the years since; including 1982's superb and worth-owning 'The Vigil'. Expensive on both LP and the latter CD release which almost never turns up, 'Warrior' is worth every effort to track down no matter what the cost.

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#1 | gdazegod on May 02 2011 22:47:05
Awesome looking cover.. another album added to the treasure hunt list.
#2 | sabace on May 04 2011 16:03:55
#3 | sabace on May 10 2011 14:02:49
superb review - captures the lp perfectly!
#4 | gdazegod on March 30 2016 10:54:13
I picked this up the other day, I found it to be quite 'pastoral' and 'rural' flavoured CCM/prog.. if you know what I mean.. Shock
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