Contender – Demo

1988 (no label)
Gurnee, Illinois, USA

Leia Thomas – Lead vocals
Ken Stilley – Guitars
Dan Thomas – Guitars
Mike Dippel – Bass
Dave Mobile – Drums

  1. Don’t Do It
  2. Guilty of Love
  3. Serpent Slayer
  4. Kiss Me Not

So apparently there is more than one Contender out there. This is not the male-fronted one that signed to Refuge Records and released Fighting to Win in 1990. This is a female-fronted band that apparently never got signed. Many bands approached the whole “female-fronted metal” thing as kind of a gimmick, but not this band. Imagine a bit heavier Scarlet Red or Ransom, leaning more towards traditional metal than commercial metal, and that is what you have on this demo. There are some good hooks here – this should have gotten them signed in 1988, but I guess not. What I could find about this band was: “The band was first formed under the name “Morning Star” in 1981, and later changed name to “Contender.” Primarily a Christian Pop Rock band until a later reconfiguration of members to a “Christian Metal” format.”

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