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    Top 25 Greatest Christian Rock Albums of 1986

    Published on december 30th, 2016 | by Anthony Martinez



    Many people are not very comfortable with the label "Christian Rock / metal" because the music is not Christian or secular, music is just music, and there is much truth in that. But it's also true that most people who work in magazines, radios, TV, and sites recognized on the internet generally do not know to recognize and value an artist simply because is a Christian.

    I have seen many listings on recognized internet sites about great rock albums from 1986 and other years, and very rarely do I see a Christian artist on those lists. Even the most recognized bands like Petra and Stryper, are often omitted by other bands musically, no offense, they are below them.

    But whether you agree or not, with the label "Christian Rock / Metal", you can not deny that 1986 is one of the most important years in the history of christian rock and Christian metal, despite having more than two Decades of existence, Christian rock reached the ears of millions for the first time in that year.

    In 1986, old legends such as Mylon Lefevre, Phil Keaggy, Larry Norman, Matthew Ward, and Randy Stonehill introduced new albums, though some of them were not good enough to compete (so to speak) with the new artists of rock and Christian metal that were emerging.

    Petra premiered their new singer John Schlitt, who would soon become one of the most well-known faces in Christian rock music. At the same time, two former members of Petra, Greg X Volz and Rob Frazier, released their albums as soloists.

    Other bands like Sacred Fire, 911 and Motherlode would release their only album in that year, and although they disintegrated too quickly, their only albums are really impressive, these bands could have come a long way from not having disintegrated.

    Barnabas would say Goodbye forever with "Little foxes", unfortunately, it was not as well produced as their previous albums.

    Tonio K, a genius, "Romeo Unchained" is an album full of wit, musical maturity, full of intelligent lyrics, Tonio K is probably one of the most great composers, although not so known.

    Altar Boys and Undercover, probably the two most important Christian punk bands in the 80s, released two really classic albums within Christian rock music.

    It was also the year that debuted bands as Barren Cross, Bloodgood, Idle Cure and Bride, they soon to become renowned bands of rock and metal Christian.

    Some groups like Messiah Prophet and DeGarmo & Key, probably released their best albums in that year. Although there is no doubt that "Master of the Metal" was the best work of Messiah Prophet, a true masterpiece of heavy metal. While "Street Light" would become DeGarmo & Key's most notable album until then.

    Stryper would make history with "To hell with the Devil", it was the first Christian metal album to achieve platinum status, selling over one million copies. and be the first band / artist of history to have 3 videos in the top 10 of MTV simultaneously , Which would lead them to be nominated for the Grammy. Something never seen before in the history of Christian rock.

    Bands like Allies, Daniel Band, WhiteHeart, Crumbächer, Rick Cua, Geoff Moore, and The Choir, also made significant albums that year.

    Another band that released a good album in 1986 was Stryken, although unfairly criticized, First Strike is really a good album for me.

    And although Lone Justice was not a band that was within the Christian music industry, Shelter had some impact on it. Shelter is an album loaded with wit and brilliance.

    Not all the albums before mentioned appear on this list, and you probably will not be happy with the order in which they appear, but certainly, you will  agree with all that appear here.

    25  Rob Frazier - This Town
    Style: Soft Rock, AOR, Pop
    Tracks: 10
    Light Records
    Produced by Steve Camp

    24  The Choir - Diamonds and Rain
    Style: Alternative
    Tracks: 10
    Myrrh Records
    Produced by Charlie Peacock

    23  Bride - Show no Mercy
    Style: Heavy Metal
    Tracks: 10
    Pure Metal Records
    Produced by Bride
    Bride - Dale Thompson. Having had the privilege of doing several shows with Bride, I can honestly say they always "stile the show."Dale's vocal power and stage presence is awesome! He is a force to be reckoned with!  - Ken Tamplin -

    22  Crumbächer - Escape! From the Fallen Planet
    Style: New Wave, Synth-Pop
    Tracks: 10
    Frontline Records
    Produced by Crumbächer

    21  Geoff Moore - Over the Edge
    Style: Hard Rock, AOR
    Tracks: 10
    Power Discs
    Produced by Billy Smiley

    20  Rick Cua - Wear your Colors
    Style: Hard Rock
    Tracks: 10
    Sparrow Records
    Produced by Dave Perkins

    19  Motherlode - The Sanctuary
    Style: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
    Tracks: 10
    Active Music Productions
    Produced by Kit Woolven

    18  Barren Cross - Rock for the King
    Style: Heavy/Glam Metal
    Tracks: 9
    Star Song Records
    Produced by Barren Cross

    17  Greg X Volz - The river  is rising
    Style: Hard Rock, AOR
    Tracks: 9
    Myrrh Records
    Produced by Greg X Volz, Jonathan David Brown

    16  White Heart - Don't Wait for the Movie
    Style: AOR, Pop
    Tracks: 11
    Sparrow Records
    Produced by Billy Smiley & WhiteHeart

    15  Saint - Times End
    Style: Heavy Metal
    Tracks: 9
    Pure Metal Records
    Produced by Saint
    This is the album a buddy of mine introduced me to that really grabbed me. I was a big Judas Priest fan back in the day and when I first heard Josh Kramer's vocals on the title track, I was instantly hooked. Killer album from start to finish.   - Eli Prinsen (ex-Sacred Warrior)


    14  911 - Time Will Tell
    Style: AOR
    Tracks: 10
    Exile Records

    13  Daniel Band - Rise up
    Style: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
    Tracks: 9
    Refuge Records
    Produced by Daniel Band
    12  Idle Cure - Idle Cure
    Style: Hard Rock, AOR
    Tracks: 8
    Frontline Records
    Produced by Bill Baumgart
    Idle Cure had an awesome Corporate Rock vibe. Steve Shannon on vocals, Chuck King on guitar, (who later joined me in Shout!) Mark Ambrose on guitar, Pete Lomakin on Keys - Killer combo with producer Bill Baumgart at the helm! They were as good if not better live than even the album! - Ken Tamplin -

    11  Bloodgood - Bloodgood 
    Style: Heavy/Glam Metal
    Tracks: 10
    Frontline Records
    Produced by Darrel Mansfield

    10  Undercover - Branded
    Style: Punk
    Tracks: 12
    Blue Collar Records
    Produced by Joey Taylor

    09  Randy Stonehill - The Wild Frontier
    Style: AOR
    Tracks: 10
    Myrrh Records
    Produced by Dave Perkins & Ray Ware

    08  Matthew Ward - Armed and Dangerous
    Style: AOR
    Tracks: 8
    Live Oak Records
    Produced by Matthew Ward
    I grew up on Matthew Ward.  Toward Eternity is one of my all time favorite Christian rock albums. His soulful voice and powerful message have spanned decades!   - Ken Tamplin -


    07  Tonio K - Romeo Unchained
    Style: Alternative
    Tracks: 10
    Gadfly Records
    Produced by Bob Rose

    06  Lone Justice - Shelter
    Style: Rock, Country, Soul
    Tracks: 10
    Geffen Records
    Produced by Jimmy Lovine, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, and Lone Justice


    05  Messiah Prophet - Master of the Metal
    Style: Heavy Metal
    Tracks: 8
    Pure Metal Records
    Produced by Ray Fletcher
    04  Altar Boys - Gut Level Music
    Style: Punk
    Tracks: 10
    Frontline Records
    Produced by Rob Watson & Terry Taylor
    Mike Stand - Altar Boys. Having been in a band many years earlier with Mike Annis (Stand) called "The Image Band" I can can say he is line exceptional songwriter and player. His writing skills spanned the eagles, tom petty all the way to raw punk versions of Stray Cats while always maintaing a string gospel message integrity.  - Ken Tamplin -


    03  Petra - Back to the Street
    Style: Hard Rock, AOR
    Tracks: 10
    Star Song Records
    Produced by John & Dino Elefante

    02  DeGarmo & Key- Street Light
    Style: Hard Rock, AOR
    Tracks: 11
    Power Discs
    Produced by Dana Key, Eddie DeGarmo and John Hampton

    01  Stryper - To Hell With the Devil
    Style: Heavy/Glam Metal
    Tracks: 11
    Enigma Records
    Produced by Stephen Galphas and Stryper
    When I first heard THWTD album I was in Germany because my father was in the military. I was waiting excitedly for this album like a kid on Christmas waiting for his presents lol! The amazing thing about this album is that it is a whole package! Visually it was fantastic when I first purchased it, just looking with amazement! Then when I played it, every song was just what it should be! I was so thrilled and encouraged to follow my own dreams in music and ministry! Every song was great! Michaels vocal ability was astounding!! The drum sound was huge!! The songs would stand the test of time definitely! This album is a huge part of my life and I recommend it to any heavy metal fan!         - Michael Feighan (Whitecross) -
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