Silver Step Child Philadelphia - Tell the Truth... (Millenium) 1984

1. "Tell The Truth" (4:53)
2. "Livin' The Love" (5:27)
3. "No Time For Honey" (3:30)
4. "No Compromise" (4:03)
5. "Razor's Edge" (5:03)
6. "The Life Inside" (3:08)
7. "New Jerusalem" (8:41)
8. "Oh My Boy" [rough mix edit] (4:51)
9. "Showdown" [radio edit] (3:57)
10. "Patmos radio spots" (1:39)
11. "Entertainment Concepts radio promo" (:33)

Philadelphia are one of those bands that many Christians who were into the early years of metal have a nostalgia for. While I was into Christian metal faily early on, Philadelphia are not one of the band's I was familiar with until nearly a decade after their demise. Fortunately for those who were longing for this album to see the light of day on CD, Millennim Records finally saw fit to re-issue "Tell the Truth" in '99. Philadelphia have a classic, early 1980's metal sound not unlike bands like early Riot, Virgin Steel or Omen. I wouldn't be surprised if Philadelphia were inspired by the whole NWOBHM movement as well. I was actually quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this CD, even though it sounds very dated. Yes, the guitar licks are simple, the vocals predictable, and the lyrics are a bit cheesy, but that is by 2006 standards. In 1984 Philadelphia were groundbreakers. I am sure more than one eyebrow was raised by a suspecting, well-meaning parent when their teenage kid was cranking "Tell the Truth" on their turntable in 1984. I can hear the cries of, "Turn off that devil music!" or "what is that noise you are listening to?" So, while "Tell the Truth" may not be scoffed at by many of today's modern metalheads, it is an interesting looking into the history of metal, and into the even smaller Christian metal scene. Those who enjoy those early years of metal will probably find themselves sporting their air guitar while rocking out to some righteous Philadelphia. Here's to all the headbangers and rivetheads!

The bonus tracks here are basically unnecessary. The two song inlcuded are an interesting listen, but the radio spots are one of those things you'll listen to once then never again. One other minor complaint about this CD re-issue is that it could have been mastered better.

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