California Metal (New Vintage-Vinyl) Regency Records 1987, NEW SEALED ORIGINAL PRESSING


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  • UPC: 790-082-1325
  • Label: Regency Records
  • Release Date: 1987

California Metal, the first of five compilation albums released by Regency Records in the late eighties, was designed primarily to showcase the talents of the numerous unsigned Christian metal bands that had arrived on the scene following the success of Stryper. California Metal was quickly followed by California Metal Volume II (1988), East Coast Metal (1988), Underground Metal (1989) and Underground Metal 2 (1989). As a bonus, another album released by Regency along the preceding metal line was Classic Metal (1990). As far as the title California Metal implies, all of the artists participating on the project come from the state and bring a variety of metal styles ranging from classic metal, melodic metal, speed metal and commercial hard rock to it. What makes California Metal such a noteworthy release, nevertheless, is the fact it introduced several bands that in time would become household names in the growing Christian rock, hard rock and metal music communities: "Gardian" (soon to correctly rename itself as "Guardian"), Deliverance and Neon Cross. Other artists participating on the project include Barren Cross (who debuted the previous year with its Star Song release "Rock For The King") and Mastedon which is the studio project of former Kansas vocalist John Elefante and his brother Dino. Hero was the only band appearing on the album not to go on and make a name for itself.

Leading up to the time of California Metal, Guardian was still in its "space metal warriors" era (the album packaging includes a photo of the band decked out in full body armor). After its demo "Rock In Victory" song from the Rock In Victory EP (1984) led to the band signing with Enigma Records, Guardian finalized its line up with the addition of guitarist Tony Palacios and was only waiting for the schedule of producer Oz Fox (Stryper) to open up before recording its full-length debut First Watch (1989).

While Hero was the only band participating on the project not to eventually sign with a label and record a full-length album, a lack of talent does not hold the band back in that it features former Holy Soldier front man Robbie Braunz.

When the album production team of John and Dino Elefante ended up one track short, they decided to add a song written for Kansas in "Wasn't It Love" (originally entitled "What About Love") under the name Mastedon. Regency Records later requested a full-length album which became Mastedon's debut It's a Jungle Out There!.

Track List

Barren Cross– Deadlock 4:33
Gardian*– Marching On 3:38
Neon Cross– I Need Your Love 3:08
Hero – I Surrender 3:47
Deliverance – A Space Called You 3:51
Mastedon– Wasn't It Love 4:42
Gardian*– Spiritual Warfare 4:13
Deliverance – Attack 3:44
Hero – Sing It Out 3:02
Neon Cross– Son Of God


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