Les Carlsen – “He’s Coming”

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Jun 292023

Les Carlsen shouldn’t need much introduction as the vocalist of the legendary Christian metal band Bloodgood. However, that is only a part of his musical life. Before joining Michael Bloodgood’s band, Les had been performing since the late 60’s. A notable stop in his musical journey was landing a role in the musical “Hair” when it came to Seattle, where he would meet his eventual wife, Joyce Macek. While touring for the musical, he wrote and recorded his first solo album, “1971.” After his experience with Hair and recording, he was in a couple of bands before landing on a winning combination of working with Joyce again in The Carlsen-Macek Band around Seattle. After a dark time in their lives, Les and Joyce found Jesus and decided to redirect their music for ministry. At about that time was when Les joined Bloodgood and started a career as the frontman for one of the forerunners of Christian Metal bands.

This album takes some cues from Les’s Bloodgood days, but is less raucous in its approach. I would describe the genre as hard rock with some metal tendencies. Les infuses his theatrical bend into the music so a song is more than a musical production, but also a play. This approach makes the message of Jesus Christ that much more clear.

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Oct 122022

Roxx Records is always striving to bring you the best quality reissues and some of the best new Christian Rock on the market. While we are more than excited to bring these two new reissues back to life, it’s a little bittersweet for us. It was early this year, when planning our 2022 release schedule, that these two titles were added to our release schedule. In fact, we had already begun working on them. Like the rest of the world we were shocked and saddened on July 29th when we learned of the untimely passing of one of the most iconic bass guitarists and the true ‘Metal Missionary’… Michael Bloodgood!

We were just about to send these off to press, and then we put them on hold. In fact, we were going to hold off on them even longer, but after discussing with Intense Records owner, we decided to move forward, in an effort to celebrate his amazing life and contributions to the music world, as well as to provide a little extra money to the family through the licensing costs of this release.

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Aug 222022

Les Carlsen the voice of Bloodgood recently released his first solo single, He’s Coming. Carlsen reported the following:

Working on my first solo project. You can listen or download the first single on my website
The second single is scheduled for early September release. If you’d like to pre-order/support the project, check out the rewards on my Kickstarter. 

As previously reported, Bloodgood bassist Michael Bloodgood passed away on Friday July 29th. Les Carlsen has the following to say:

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Jul 302022

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.”

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Jan 202020

Legendary hardrock band Bloodgood has released a video for ‘In The Trenches’ the song is from the documentary “Trenches of Rock: The Metal Mission of Bloodgood.” The long-anticipated documentary is finally available on DVD & Blue Ray. The video can be viewed below.

This full-length documentary chronicles the 30-year history of the ‘Christian Metal’ band Bloodgood, who was targeted not only by a mainstream music industry that found their blatant use of faith-based lyrics unfitting with heavy metal, but also by religious extremists who believed their music was the work of the devil – confronted by death threats, picketers and protests throughout their career.

This project, which began in June 2012, is directed by Paul Michael Bloodgood and Annie Marie Bloodgood of Bloodygood Pictures, and produced executive by Oscar and Grammy winning director, James Moll (Foo Fighters: Back and Forth).

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