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PhotobucketShout was a Christian glam/rock band formed in 1987 by ex-Joshua sidekick Ken Tamplin, received a great deal of press attention and even made it over to Britain for a headlining appearance at the Marquee in London during 1988. Musically the band was similar to Stryper, but the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music cites them as being “more competent than Stryper”. Lyrically, their songs were generally more straightforward than other Christian metal bands such as Bloodgood. The band garnered a Dove Award after their breakup in 1989.

Their first album, It Won’t Be Long, was recorded by session musicians. These included Lanny Cordola (Magdalen), Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Michael Angelo (Nitro), Joseph Galletta, Loren Robinson, Dennis Holt (AD), and others. The album was an instant hit, and the band played at London’s famed Marquee in August 1988. Following this release Tamplin hired Galletta and Robinson, who he had played with in Joshua, on a full time basis. These three members would form the long term core of the band. Chuck King (Idle Cure) also became an integral part of the band. The band achieved early success in Europe and toured there in August 1988.

Their second album, In Your Face, sold 40,000 copies within a month of its release. The album was said to express “every nuance and shade of loudness and fastness”. At that time the band became widely successful, selling out shows at the Roxy Theatre. The lead single, “In Your Face”, won the Dove Award for hard music song in 1990. Actually this is a decent 80’s heavy metal platter, despite the hilarious cover pic. What makes the disc so impressive is the stellar song writing topped with Ken Tamplin’s excellent vocals.

The band dissolved in 1989 due to primarily two issues: the “inability of Christian music to financially support artists” despite having sold in excess of 100,000 albums by that time, and a lawsuit over naming rights, where Tamplin was held to have the right to record under the name Shout, but an east coast band had the right to perform with it. Tamplin went on to pursue a solo career. Two compilations were issued before Tamplin reformed the band. New material was issued in their 1999 release, Shout Back.

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– It Won’t Be Long [1988]
– In Your Face [1989]
– Shout Back [1999]

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