Fortress Rock (Tunesmith TS 6007) 1982 Canada *
Prior to Christian music’s mid-‘80s ﬂirtation with spandex, big hair and highly oscillated shrieks, there were still a few bands mining the tradition of heavy ‘70s classic rock. The New York male foursome Stronghold certainly do so on this early Tunesrnith release and they do so with honors. Dark doomy feel throughout with pounding Sledgehammer riffs, typically slow and grungy, crawling along like Black Sabbath (‘Barabbas’, ‘No Superstars For Jesus’, ‘Nobody Owes You Nothing’), but also some Jethro Tull-ish hard rock (‘Stronghold’) as well as strutting metal ala early Judas Priest (“Desert Walker’, ‘The Call’). Opens with a loud instrumental prelude of the hymn ‘A Mighty Fortress’. Vocoder effects used on several tracks. A real bone-crunchin’ mama. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you George for the front and rear cover photos.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-3||Dreams And Pretty Pictures||4:31|
|1-4||No Superstars For Jesus||6:55|
|2-4||Nobody Owes You Nothing||4:02|