7. The Altar Boys: Gut Level Music

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Frontline, 1986

Christian music’s friendly punk rockers really pieced together one heck of an album in 1986. Gut Level Music was a welcome jolt of raw, yet melodic rock from the Mike Stand fronted trio that wasn’t shy about its faith. It was a superb follow up to When You’re A Rebel, a record that established the Altar Boys as a viable punk rock outfit.

Gut Level Music, though, was a far more memorable effort. It was a quality record from beginning to end, and somehow the band pulled off a cover of Donna Summer’s Unconditional Love. However, it’s the Altar Boys straight-shooting style on songs such as the title track, I’m Not Talking About Religion and I Question It that really is the band’s forte. And you can’t talk about Gut Level Music without lauding the way the record ends, with Final Hour setting up the closer Life Begins at the Cross. Both songs are amazing and, for sure, it’s gospel 101 for listeners who haven’t grown up in church. For sure, Gut Level Music is an important record from the mid-’80s Christian scene, and without doubt, it was also the band’s best.

 

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