Resurrection Band - Awaiting Your Reply/Rainbows End (Star Song) 1978/1979
1. "Intro" (:41)
Two of Rez's earliest albums on one disc. This was a cool find. The music is early 70's hard rock with lots of blues influences. Both of these albums are actually better than some of their late 70's and early 80's albums. A few songs are reminiscent of early Led Zeppelin.
Rez - Colours (Light Records) 1980
1. "Autograph" (4:02)
A classic record from one of Christian rocks most respected band. There are plenty of great moments here, but without a doubt my favorite song is "The Struggle" which is musically and lyrically one of Rez's finest songs ever. However, the entire CD is a giant step forward from the two albums that proceeded it. I actually prefer this album to more popular albums like "Between Heaven & Hell" and "D.M.Z.". In the mid-80's Rez were beginning to experiment a bit with the new wave sound, whereas on "Colors" they stick to hard rock.
Rez also recorded a stellar live version of "The Struggle" on their "Twenty Years" CD.
Resurrection Band - Mommy Don't Love Daddy Anymore (Light Records) 1981
One of the few great, early, classic hard rock albums from a Christian band. Christian bands that rocked this hard and were of this caliber just didn't exist in 1981. "Elevator Muzik" and "Alienated" are heavy rockers with some smokin' guitar work. "The Chair" is easily one of the best tracks on the album. It is simply an outstanding song that morphs back and forth from heavy guitar riffs to those haunting acoustic guitars. The title song is an emotional song was written from a child's point of view who sees his family life disintegrating and was written out of Glenn Kaiser's personal experience. "Lovin' You" was a glimpse into what direction Rez would be taking on their next couple albums. It seems that Rez felt the need to 'stay relevant' and thus started adapting to the quickly growing 80's synth-rock sound. Otherwise, "Mommy Don't Love Daddy" is a solid hard rock album in the Rez catalog. I own this one on CD and vinyl.
Resurrection Band - D.M.Z. (Light) 1982
1. "Military Man"
A friend of mine has been a Rez fan since the early 80's. He considers this disc to be a classic. Well, I guess since this was new to me as of 1995, I don't hold the same esteem. There are a few cool songs, "Military Man" and "White Noise," but otherwise I hardly ever play this one. "DMZ" also features one of the worst album covers of all time.
"The Main Event" is an up-tempo rocker that opens the album and features Wendy Kaiser's unique vocals. "Zuid Afrikan" is a bluesy and emotional Glenn Kaiser composition that deals with the issue of apartheid in South Africa. Though it had became somewhat trendy in the 80's to write songs about this topic, Rez had previously addressed the subject on 1979's "Rainbow's End".
The standout cut on "Between Heaven 'N Hell"is undoubtedly "Shadows". The song oozes emotions and is built around solid guitar work and Glenn Kaiser's gritty and emotional vocals. "Shadows" deals with the issue of suicide, the emotions, the sense of loss or those left behind and our ultimate hope in God. When I was a way in college in the late 1980's, a good friend of mine from high school was found dead in his room. Though some of us believe differently, his death was ruled a suicide. As such, the song "Shadows" really struck a chord with me and even all these years later, the song stirs up those emotions within me.
Rez - Silent Screams (Grrr) 1988
1. "Silent Screams"
It had been three years between releases by the time Rez's studio album "Silent Screams" had been released. In that time the band abandoned completely the trendy pop and new wave sounds that they had been experimenting with and instead delivered an album that was a hybrid mix of blues, hard rock and heavy metal, much like the band's early material. This style would prove to be the sound that the band would continue to follow for years to come. Part of the reason for this was that the band was free from contractual obligations and were free to be their own creative force. Another reason might have been that bassist Roy Montroy was brought in to replace Jim Denton, who left the band to attend seminary. Montroy would become a huge creative force within the band.
"Silent Screams" was about the release that pulled me in and at the time I started really getting into Rez. Though I was intimately familiar with the song "Shadows" from "Between Heaven & Hell", at the time I felt the rest of that album was too cheesy. As a result I never truly gave Rez a listen. However, at this time in my life, I was a fairly new Christian and was desperate for some good Christian music. Growing up loving the hard-n-heavy music of the 70's and 80-'s, stuff like Amy Grant, and even Petra, just didn't cut it. One day I walked into a Christian music store and checked out Rez's "Silent Screams." To my surprise it was a solid slab of blues based hard rock and heavy metal, so I purchased the cassette tape on the spot.
The album opens with the title cut with is a vicious hard rock number with unnerving lyrics, a brilliant hooks and biting guitars. (The song has been covered by Treasure Seeker). Rez were never one to pull punches, and "Silent Screams" is no exception. The band zealously deals with social and spiritual issues such as abortion, racial profiling, greed and terrorism. "Light/Light" is a song featuring the vocals of Wendy Kaiser and is easily one of her best. The song was a concert favorite played by the band up and through the 1990's. "Rain Dance" is an awesome blues rocker with a great message. "Presence of the Lord" is an Eric Clapton cover that the band makes their own.
"Silent Screams" didn't see the critical acclaim or mainstream success that bands like Stryper, Petra or Whiteheart saw, but it is without a doubt one of the finest Christian rock albums ever recorded.
Rez - Innocent Blood (Grrr) 1989
1. "Rooster Crow"
Second killer disc in a row by Rez. This disc is even more blues-based than "Silent Screams," which is apparent immediately by the album opener which is an acoustic blues intro. "Great God in Heaven" is a traditional sounding blues song. Much of the rest of the disc is more blues based heavy metal ("Alter of Pain," "80,000 Underground") or Chicago-style/electric guitar blues rock ("Where Roses Grow," "Child of the Blues"). "Bargain"is a remake of the Who classic. Overall, one of Rez's better albums and probably the disc I have played more than any other.
Rez - Civil Rites (Ocean) 1991
Rez's last two discs have been pretty consistent."Civil Rites" continues in the same mode as the last two, although the production gives the album a slightly heavier sound. "Civil Rites" containes less blues-based songs and more heavy metal numbers. Favorite songs are "Lovespeak," "Mission Bells," "Players" and the bluesy "Lincoln's Train." "Somebody to Love" is a Jefferson Airplane song.
Rez - Reach of Love (Ocean) 1993
1. "Heart's Desire"
Rez knows what they do best, so they haven't messed with the formula in the last four albums. Rez play hard rock with a few blues based numbers, and they do it well. Not since their fatal attempts at new wave a few albums back have they put out a bad album. Must say though that I never gave this one the play time that I gave "Silent Screams," "Innocent Blood" or "Civil Rites."
Rez - Twenty Years (Ocean) 1992
A great retrospect of band whose career has spanned two decades. There is at least one song from every album on this disc. 'Glenn''s Rap" and "Wend's Rap" are not music, but rather Glenn and Wendi sharing their testimony of how God has worked in their lives. "Bargain" is a The Who song, "Somebody to Love" is a Jefferson Airplane song.
I'm not sure why Rez changed their name back to the Resurrection Band. In any case, this is another solid hard rock album, with a slightly more modern edge. This may be because "Lament" was produced by Ty Tabor of King's X . "Summerthrow" even takes on that King's X heavy groove. Despite this, the band still sounds like themselves and have retained some of the bluesy influence that I enjoyed so much in the past. "In Change" is a cool acoustic number with some nice harmonica jams. "Lament" is a good Rez album but the last one I bought for a while. Will eventually fill up the wholes in this collection.