Bassist Michael Bloodgood, of Christian metal pioneers Bloodgood, passed away on Friday according to online reports. Bloodgood formed in 1984 in Seattle, Washington and became one of the biggest Christian metal bands in existence. They are credited with being a vital stepping stone towards what would become a massively successful genre in Christian rock.
“Dear Friends, It’s with a heavy heart we share that we lost our beloved, Michael Bloodgood on July 29, 2022 at 8:15am Central,” reads a tribute on the Official Michael Bloodgood Medical Relief Fund. “After a gallant fight that began with a severe hemorrhagic stroke in February 2022 he’s gone home to be with our Heavenly Father. We’ll cherish Michael’s generous spirit, off-beat sense of humor, and musical soul. His devotion to the Lord and sharing of the Gospel through his ministry as a pastor and musician touched countless lives. Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this unimaginable time. He is survived by his cherished wife of 46 years, Marilyn, three sons, and two grandchildren.”
Bloodgood formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984. By 1988, Bloodgood represented one of the four largest Christian metal bands (excluding the mainstream success of Stryper) alongside Barren Cross, Leviticus, and Whitecross.
Bloodgood’s sound was reminiscent of ‘80s glam metal bands, but their lyrics were distinctly Christian. The band’s flashy showmanship and stage show often drew the ire of the extreme Christian right, making them more in line with Stryper than some of their other Christian music contemporaries. Bloodgood was also a 2010 Inductee into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.
- We at TMR wish the Bloodgood family a lot of strength in this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bloodgood‘s long-awaited comeback album “Dangerously Close” has been released on November 29th, 2013 exclusively through their website & on December 5th. by Swedish’s Doo Little Group AB
Our review of “Dangerously Close” can be found here.