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- CD comes with high-quality foil-stamped band trading card
- Includes FOUR bonus tracks!
- 2021 Remaster from Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound
- Expanded 12-page lyrics insert with rare band pics
- "Sin Killer" was included on the influential California Metal II Compilation
- Vastly improved layout and graphics - you can't even read the song titled on the 2011 Intense Millennium reissue
- Part of the exclusive Legends Remastered Series on Retroactive Records
- "Lasting Love" was on the highly influential Hot Metal Summer IV Video release on Intense Records at the height of the MTV years.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT RANSOM - SELF TITLED CD
The difference between Ransom and many of the Hollywood strip contemporaries was their lyrical direction. Ransom's lyrics are mature and grounded in Christianity. Overall a great heavy metal platter regarded as a Christian metal classic.
----- Classic Christian Rock Magazine
If it is muscle you are looking for then check out the double kick drum action on “Break Into Darkness” or the rhythm guitar assaults of “Lasting Love”. “Fallen Angel”, in particular, is a special piece with its variances in time and tempo and exquisite chorus. These three are as good as it gets and represent the pinnacle of Ransom’s songwriting abilities.
-----Angelic Warlord Music Reviews
A Christian metal classic. Lisa Faxom has a great voice and guitarist Tony Ortiz is a shredder who holds his own with some of the guitar greats. Ransom's lyrics are mature and grounded in Christianity. Favorite track is the truly metallic 'album opener 'Lasting Love.' Overall a great heavy metal platter.
----Scott Waters / NoLifeTilMetal
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Ransom can trace its history to the mid-eighties and the burgeoning white metal scene that originated following the commercial success of Stryper. Yes, a well known player in what was a literal flood of Christian metal bands at the time, but what set Ransom apart is that it was one of the few to be fronted by a female vocalist. Initially getting its start under the name First Aid, the group formed when bassist Michael Ciado and vocalist Lisa Faxon met through an ad placed in a Los Angeles area music paper. The change to the Ransom moniker did not come about until prior to the recording of a 3 song demo entitled Once And For All and placing the track “Sin Killer” on the California Metal II (1988) compilation. The resulting notoriety helped lead to Ransom later sign with Intense Records.
The group’s 1991 self-titled Intense debut brings a joining of commercial metal and hard rock that fans of Crystavox, Shout, Stryper, Guardian, Angelica and Holy Soldier will be certain to appreciate. Female fronted groups of the time such as Arsenal, Scarlet Red and Rosanna’s Raiders also deserve consideration.
There are two things that stand out about Ransom: 1) the groups all around heaviness 2) creativity of its better material. Both factors play a key role in top of the lines pieces “Lasting Love”, “Break Into Darkness” and “Fallen Angel”. If it is muscle you are looking for then check out the double kick drum action on “Break Into Darkness” or the rhythm guitar assaults of “Lasting Love”. “Fallen Angel,” in particular, is a special piece with its variances in time and tempo and exquisite chorus. These three are as good as it gets and represent the pinnacle of Ransom’s songwriting abilities.
The expanded 12-page jewel case release includes lyrics and rare band photos. The visual graphic design layout is light years better than both the original issue and the 2011 Intense Millennium CD releases, and now both of those are long out of print! The 2021 remaster that includes four bonus tracks is nothing short of exquisite and make this an essential MUST-BUY Reissue of a bonafide Christian AOR/Metal classic that include a free foil-stamped trading card in every CD!
1 Lasting Love 4:28
2 Rumors 4:21
3 Memories Of You 4:22
4 Fool That I Am 4:24
5 Break Into Darkness 5:03
6 Tonight 4:14
7 Etched In Stone 3:44
8 Fallen Angel 5:05
9 Your Broken Heart 3:55
10 I'll Never Leave You 4:29
11 When I Die 2:36
12 Sticks & Stones 4:32 (demo)
13 Sin Killer 4:04 (demo)
14 To Be Like You 5:00 (demo)
15 All My Heart 5:02 (First Aid demo)