HEAVEN'S RAGE - Temporary
HEAVEN’S RAGE
Temporary
Independent
1993

Here we are, in the middle of the first decade of the new century, and we old headbangers are starving for metal. I mean actual metal…thrash, speed, adrenaline pumping, riffs at 200 miles an hour…you know, metal. None of that hybrid stuff that’s been shoved down our throats in the past five or ten years. And in the Christian metal arena, it seems that since the demise of Intense Records (they didn’t officially fold until 1997, but let’s face it…they died in late 1993), and the appearance of Tooth & Nail Records in ’93, actual honest-to-God metal has been in short supply. Sure, once in a while a band like Jesus Freaks, Eternal Decision and the like will come around and give us a temporary speed fix, but then it wears off all too soon…

Heaven’s Rage was one of those bands that released a demo back in 1993 of some very classic thrash metal, obviously drawing from the likes of Testament, early Megadeth and Metallica, and other metal giants of the era. Temporary features some classic heavy thrash riffs and some driving rhythms that will keep the metalhead’s attention from start to finish. The production and sound is very scratchy and organic-sounding, but this actually accentuates the raw feel of the music. Very nice. On the down side, though, the vocals just don’t do it for me, making the music sound a lot like a great thrash band that hired some kid in high school to handle the vox. That, and the sub-standard and downright cheesy (although definitely straight-forward and blatant from a Christian standpoint) lyrics get kind of repetitive after a while…

Just a bit of useless trivia, Heaven’s Rage changed their name to Lucid, and went for more of a Pantera / Machine Head modern metal sound. As far as their earlier stuff with Heaven’s Rage, though, it’s some decent thrash metal with some not-so-decent vocals and lyrics…worth checking out at least…

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