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Charted #7 on Billboard Magazine's CCM sales charts
Released in 1990, Holy Soldier at that time, was the highest selling debut release on Word Records in 7 years.
Dove- Awarded Metal/Hard Rock Album of the Year / 1991
Dove-Awarded Metal/Hard Rock Recorded Song of the Year; Stranger / 1991
Dove-Awarded nomination for Metal/Hard Rock Recorded Song of the Year; See No Evil / 1991
The radio single Stranger, was a #1 single for 12 consecutive weeks (CCM Update & PRR)


Charted #10 on Billboard Magazine's CCM sales charts
Received Superior Creativity Award from The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) for the song Last Train / 1991
Dove-Awarded nomination for Metal/Hard Rock Recorded Song of the Year; Last Train / 1993
Dove-Awarded nomination for Metal Recorded Song of the Year; Dead End Drive / 1994
The radio single Virtue & Vice, charted #1 on the rock radio charts (CCM Update & PRR)
The radio single Last Train, charted #12 on the rock radio charts (CCM Update & PRR)
This release took the group on tour in six countries including over 50 dates in the U.S.


Dove-Awarded Metal/Hard Rock Album of the Year / 1996
Dove-Awarded Metal/Hard Rock Recorded Song of the Year; Promise Man / 1996
The singles Promise Man, My World and Rust all charted #1 on the rock radio charts
My World was featured on the Seltzer release (ForeFront/EMI) / 1996
Why Don’t You Look Into Jesus was featured on the "One Way-The Songs of Larry Norman" release (ForeFront/EMI) / 1995

Encyclopedia of CCM Music

Holy Soldier

Andy Robbins, bass (1985+) Michael Cutting, gtr. (1986-1990, 1993+); Jamie Cramer, gtr. (1985-1992); Steven Patrick, voc (1988-1990, 1991-1992); Terry Russell, drums (1985- 1995); II Scott Soderstrom , gtr. (1991- 1998); Eric Wayne, voc. (1990, 1993- 1998), Jason Martin, drums (1995- 1997).

1990- Holy Soldier (Myrrh/A&M); 1992- Last Train; 1995- Promise Man (ForeFront/EMI); 1997-Encore (Spaceport).

The hard rock Southern California band Holy Soldier has had two distinct incarnations, as the personnel changes listed above indicate. The most noticeable difference is the change in lead singers. The difference between the sound of the group with Steven Patrick and the sound with Eric Wayne is comparable to the difference between the Doobie Brothers with Tom Johnston versus Michael McDonald. Holy Soldier formed as a Stryper-like glam metal band in 1985 in the Los Angeles area and was part of The Hiding Place church headed by Henry Cutrona. They established a strong following in the general market, playing the prestigious Gazzari’s club where they held an attendance record second only to Van Halen.

The band was signed to Myrrh Records as that label’s first heavy metal act, and David Zaffiro was recruited to produce their albums. He would stick with the band through thick and thin in the years to follow. The self-titled debut includes the song “Stranger” which spent three months as the number one song on Christian music’s rock chart. Michael Cutting’s guitar is even more impressive on the ballad “Eyes of Innocence” and the rocking anthem “We Are Young, We Are Strong”. Last Train features a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” (cf. Ashley Cleveland) and includes a couple of nonreligious romantic songs (“Crazy,” “Love Is on the Way”) alongside the evangelical title track and “Hallow’s Eve.” The song “Tuesday Mourning” is hauntingly beautiful and deals with sorrow over the death of a loved one. Although both of the Myrrh metal albums (with Patrick on lead vocals) met with significant acclaim, they did not generate the kind of sales that Myrrh was accustomed to receiving with artists like Amy Grant and Russ Taft.

Dropped by the label, the band took a three year recording hiatus and then returned (with a new singer) as a modern rock band with a sound suggestive of the Crash Test Dummies doing Soundgarden songs. The formula clicked and Promise Man broke the group to an entirely new audience, earning tem even more critical acclaim. Promise Man’s best track is an inspired remake of Larry Norman’s “Why Don’t You Look Into Jesus?” a great song that Holy Soldier manages to update musically from it’s original hippie folk setting to a dark grunge ballad. Sonically, the whole record digs into the blues tradition of classic rock acts like the Doors and the Rolling Stones. Zaffiro again at the helm and the songs are polished and melodic. The title track, “Rust,” “My World,” “Break it Down,” and “Cover Me” are all amazing. “Mumbo Jumbo” is a hypnotically infectious song about the sleazy power of TV. “Love Conquers All” is the album’s one true ballad, with overtones of Extreme. CCM called Promise Man “a brilliant record that ranks with the best of the year.” It is easily that. The Christian equivalent of Soundgarden’s Superunknown, it surpasses most of what was produced n the general market in 1995 and remains one of Christian music’s all-time best hard rock projects. Incredibly, Forefront dropped the band all the same and Holy Soldier released a live retrospective/reunion own label headed by Andy Robbins. Steven Patrick returned for this live “greatest hits” package, such that songs from both phases of the group’s career could be included, with Patrick or Wayne singing as appropriate. After holy soldier, Jason martin (a different person than the Starflyer 59 guitarist) would play drums for Redline.
For trivia buffs: Andy Robbins was baptized by Pat Boone in the latter’s swimming pool.

Dove Awards: 1991 Hard Music Album (Holy Soldier); 1991 Hard Music Song (“Stranger”); 1996 Hard Music Album (Promise Man); 1996 Hard Music Song (“Promise Man”).


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