Testimony – He’s Alive

Testimony
He’s Alive
1989 (no label)
Deltona, Florida, USA

Lois Gistinger – Lead vocals, keyboards
Gary Gistinger – Guitar, vocals
Joey Antrim – Bass, vocals
Michael Osinski – Drums, vocals

Side 1:

  1. He’s Alive
  2. Come Boldly to the throne
  3. Second Chance
  4. I Will Follow
  5. In a Twinkling of an Eye
  6. Power of Love
  7. He’s Coming Again

Side 2:

  1. I Hear His Voice
  2. We Know Christ Lives
  3. You are Lord
  4. Valley of Death
  5. Gethsemane
  6. Every Good and Perfect Gift

So this is the follow-up to the three song demo by Testimony. This demo is definitely full-on prog rock, bordering on prog metal at times. But occasionally it seems like the keyboardist thinks they are a new wave band. It’s a bit odd to hear random out of place keyboard parts break in here and there, but maybe that is a thing in some corners of the prog rock world I am not aware of. They also incorporate other musical styles as well, such as the punk rock influences of “Second Chance.” The three songs that are here are mostly the same versions of the songs on the 1988 demo, but obviously new recordings with a few slight changes here and there. Gotta say that the band pic above is one of the most 80s underground metal pics ever. The guitar player looks like a metal mountain top guru about to lay down some serious molten knowledge.

Testimony – Demo

Testimony
Demo
1988 (no label)
Deltona, Florida, USA

  1. You are Lord
  2. I Hear His Voice
  3. In a Twinkling of an Eye

So there were two copies of this in the stacks, one with the professional tape above, and another with a label that was typed out on a piece of paper and stuck to the tape. Both have the exact same songs on them. Because of the logo on the tape about, I took a chance that this would be metal… and I was right. The sound is kind of a mixture of a female-fronted Savatage (due to their use of piano) and Ordained Fate (due to the progressive leanings). It appears that this band has a 1989 demo called He’s Alive with the three songs above and 10 more. The line up for that demo (which may or may not be the same for this demo) was:

Lois Gistinger – Lead vocals, keyboards
Gary Gistinger – Guitar, vocals
Joey Antrim – Bass, vocals
Michael Osinski – Drums, vocals