MESSIAH – Going Insane (Collectors Edition)

MESSIAH - Going Insane (Collectors Edition)
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Retroactive Records
Release date: December 1, 2010

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Messiah is a classic Christian Rock band hailing from Detroit, Michigan. They were founded in the late 1970s by singer / songwriter Charles Michael, an ordained minister. Messiah had self-described their music as “Heavenly Metal.” Although their sound was very reminiscent of the Rock styles of bands like UFO and Blue Oyster Cult, it was clear the quartet had something to prove … and that rock music had no boundaries.

Messiah released their first and only full length album in 1984, entitled Final Warning. By the time 1986 rolled around, they followed up with an EP titled Going Insane. Both of these albums were released on independent labels, and as a result the success of the band was mostly by word of mouth. Soon Messiah had a growing cult following, and over the years their fabled music was increasingly difficult to acquire.

This collector’s edition of the Going Insane EP contains the original five tracks from the 1986 release plus three early demos from 1979, which later ended up on the Final Warning album. This is clearly Messiah at their prime. The music heard on this album is arguably just as good (if not better) than some of the biggest Metal acts of the early and mid 1980s. Their edgy, raw, and passionately driven signature sound is what has kept their popularity alive after all these years.

From the opening title track “Going Insane”, you can tell they did not want to be labeled as just a tacky Christian act. Their inspirational lyrics contain plenty of depth and complexity, making the album worthy to listen to over and over. Musically, they are a very talented group of guys as well. All the songs have awesome classic guitar solos, and fetching Rock keyboard melodies. Not to mention, the natural and energetic quality of Charles Michaels’ vocals are a perfect fit for this style of music.

For the listeners not familiar with Messiah’s brand of Metal, this is a fresh trip back to a time and a place when Rock and Metal was made with heart and passion, especially when listening to the 1979 demo tracks. The song “Lucifer” is virtually a precursor to Iron Maiden’s legendary “The Number Of The Beast,” complete with the spoken biblical intro, driving guitar melody, and lifting vocals.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe this band did not have more success. Unfortunately, Messiah’s short career ended after this EP. They attempted to create a full length double album to follow this release; however it never came to fruition. This album is truly a treat for any Metal fan, young and old.


  • Sean Meloy

    Sean Meloy was a reviewer, interviewer and DJ here at Metal Express Radio, based out of Iowa , USA. By day he is a straight laced, buttoned up, number crunching accountant; armed with his portable calculator. All other times he is a hard rocking Metal head! He spent many hours listening to records and 8-tracks with his father. Classic bands such as Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, and Eric Clapton just to name a few. His father bought him his first record, Kiss Alive II, at age 6. By the time he reached his teens he was discovering all the Classic Metal of the 1980’s; Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, etc. He became a huge fan of the Thrash Metal of the time as well; Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, and Overkill. During the 1990’s he experimented with the Grunge and Hard Rock. However, by the time the millennium came he found himself going back to his roots and rebuilt the music collection he started in his teens.

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