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Brave, The - 1992 Battle Cries

ARTIST: Brave, The
ALBUM: Battle Cries
LABEL: Pakaderm
SERIAL: 7012516267
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: James Salters - lead vocals * Stayce Roberts - guitars, vocals * Freddie Tierra - guitars, vocals * Malcolm Paris - bass, vocals * Randy Roberts - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 All Together Now * 02 The Waiting * 03 If That Ain't Love * 04 Running All My Life * 05 Tears Of A Broken Heart * 06 Little Love * 07 Never Live Without Your Love * 08 Big World * 09 Ride With The Rhythm * 10 Just A Man * 11 All Together Now (Studio mix) * 12 Running All My Life (Studio mix)


The 1992 year wouldn't be complete without mention of Christian melodic rockers The Brave. Like a title out of an old Cowboys and Indians movie, you could be forgiven for thinking this was all about a Louis L'Amour paperback, but no it ain't! Formed in 1991, The Brave are in the same groove as fellow Christians Guardian. Similar to many others in the Christian melodic rock genre, 'time' was being called like a barman closing up a pub at midnight during this era. Unfortunate for those who decided to jump into the foolhardy world of grunge; bands like Warrant and Sweden's Masquerade were indeed silly enough to attempt such an escape route. So too The Brave who followed 'Battle Cries' up with 1994's ill-advised 'Trust', which is not the term I would've used at the time. How about 'cop-out'? At least 'Battle Cries' (being their debut) is well deserving of a mention here at GD simply because.. it rocks big time! Coupled with a Dino and John Elefante production on their Pakaderm label, Notwithstanding the excellent mix provided by Neil Kernon! The Brave have already put runs on the board without even coming out to bat!

The Songs
Minnesota's James Salters (also previously with Faith Nation) has a big booming voice to carry The Brave's highly melodic sound, and many of the songs are pure anthems, with Def Leppard and Winger being noticeable reference points. The guitar duels with Stayce Roberts and Freddie Tierra are also an album highlight. Check out booming tunes such as the lead-off 'Altogether Now' or the Winger doppleganger 'Tears Of A Broken Heart'. Even 'Little Love' rips off the 'hey hey' chants as if it was 1988! However, it's when The Brave drop the heaviness a notch, add another layer of melody that the band truly finds their mojo. Tracks such as 'The Waiting' (I'm always.. waiting for you, I can't do it on my own..), 'Running All My Life', 'Never Live Without Your Love' or the Sure Conviction sounding 'Just A Man' are all excellent examples of their potential.

In Summary
As mentioned above, the band went off in search of the 'holy grunge' for their next album, which resulted in failure. This was achieved without bassist Malcolm Paris and singer James Salters who both departed; Salters eventually found his way to fellow Christians Faith Nation toward the end of the 90's decade. At the time of writing this article, Stayce Roberts is reassembled a new 2013 version of The Brave. The new album is titled 'Rise', but at this stage, he is being very cagey about who is actually appearing on the album, and what material will be onboard. We're hoping it's not a rebadged CD of previous material. What we do know is that both bassists Malcolm Paris and Steve Irwin (his 1994 replacement) are making appearances, but drummer Randy Roberts (who has since passed away), Freddie Tierra, and we assume also James Salters - are not. Watch this space.

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#1 | Eric on August 09 2013 12:23:21
From what I understand there was some 'creative accounting' with Pakaderm, money lost on the band's side etc. and a lot of bad feelings in general. Supporting the album The Brave toured with Guardian and Bloodgood as well as playing a one-off gig with Foreigner.
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