LETTERS TO BLOODGOOD
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Bloodgood video lead to a friend's salvation
April 28, 2007
In college, I was a baby Christian and had a friend who was an atheist metalhead. I showed him the Bloodgood concert video of Crucify...it blew his mind. It opened up doors for us to talk. That summer, after we went home, he called me to thank me because he'd become a believer. He said, "I never would have become one had you not shown me that bloodgood video." Thanks guys...my friend is saved and God used Bloodgood to open the door for him. That was 17 years ago. Glad I finally got to say thanks.
The Lord used you to save my cousin's life
April 17, 2007
Just read the following paragraph from an interview:
Dennis: What was the defining moment for Bloodgood?
Michael: There were many, but this one comes to mind: We received a letter from a fan in the Midwest. She told us she was planning to commit suicide on the same night we performed in her town. For whatever reason, she came to see us first. After the show the band would always come out to talk to our fans, sign autographs, and the like. She said Mark [Welling] and I talking to her after the show blew her mind; that a band would come out and talk to the audience was, to her, unbelievable. Later that same night she put her trust in Jesus Christ as her Saviour. Now, Mark and I didn’t talk to anyone that evening about suicide. The Lord just used us to minister to her by playing our music and by just being real, approachable people; simply hanging out after the show. For me, that was a defining moment. To see the Lord use us, not just our music or our sharing, but using us simply by being available. The Lord saved that girl’s life both physically and spiritually that evening. Praise God!
Perhaps this happened more than once. If so, this is reeeeeally a coincidence. Bloodgood played a show at the (now defunct) Regency Showcase in downtown Springfield, MO on October 12, 1987. I bought four tickets in advance, not knowing who I would take other than my wife. I asked a good friend who was thrilled to go with us but I still had a ticket left. So I asked my young cousin, Heather, if she'd like to go as a b-day present. Her birthday was four days later on the 16th. She absolutely LOVED the show. After the show she told me she had planned to commit suicide on her birthday but had changed her mind because you guys gave her hope! Excuse me while I let the goose bumps settle down and clear my eyes...
God has used your music to save a life
February 24, 2007
I gotta tell ya, man... When I was younger, my dad went on a huge kick about all rock/metal music being satanic, and forbid me from listening to anything that wasn't Christian music. Now, keep in mind, I was saved when I was 9 years old, but I was really into music and my exposure to Christian music never went further than Amy Grant and Sandi Patti. Nothing against those artists, they both sing beautifully, but I didn't understand why being a Christian meant I couldn't rock out. THEN... a friend of mine turned me on to Bloodgood. This was right about the time that Detonation came out. I was hooked! You guys had such a huge impact on my life. And the guitar players you guys had....wow.... I loved David Zaffiro, but when I heard Paul Jackson play and saw the Alive in America VHS (yeah I know that dates me a little), I immediately wanted to play guitar. I've been playing guitar for quite a while now, and unfortunately, I spent a long time playing in the wrong bands and fell prey to the whole "sex, drugs, and rock and roll" thing. Well, to make a long story short, I just remember being at the lowest point I could possibly be, I remember wanting to die. I actually set out one night to do enough drugs to kill me. I came close, real close. I actually ended up in the hospital. I remember lying in the gurney in the ER, and out of the blue, "Alone in Suicide" popped into my head. I say out of the blue, but we both know Who put that song in my head at that particular time. I broke down and couldn't understand how I had let myself get so far from God. Well, dying from a drug overdose was not God's plan for me, and He has used that experience for His glory. I never touched another drug again, and I have been playing guitar for my church for several years now. I'm even the music director for our Wednesday night service. I am a walking example of how God works miracles and uses bad experiences for good.
Anyway I just wanted to let you guys know how you have influenced me and how God has used your music to save a life and "rescue" one of His children....
"Alone in Sucide" actually saved my life
December 28, 2006
I am excited that Bloodgood is progressing forward. In 1988 the song "Alone in Sucide" actually saved my life. I was going to commit suicide and was just minutes away until I listened to the entire song, and the Lord convicted my heart of what I was about to do. Just thought I would say thanks for that. May the Lord Jesus Christ continue to Bless all of Bloodgood and thank you.
The Lord really blessed you guys
December 22, 2003
Just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the DVD which I won from you through Ebay.........I want to let you know how much I love Bloodgood.......Michael, you guys are AWESOME!!!!!! You really touched me through your music....I remember when you first came out......My friend had a demo of 4 songs. I believe it had Awake, Battle of the Flesh, Anguish and Pain and Accept the Lamb......... I'm not sure if it was those 4 but pretty close......... Anyways, Awake has always been my favorite....... Although songs like Alone In Suicide and particularly What's Following the Grave have very powerful messages themselves which make you think about the end of our lives......I can't emphasize on how great your songs are...... The Lord really blessed you guys......Michael, Bloodgood will always have a special place in my heart - you guys touched me.......I want to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.......Thank You so much for being able to reach me when I was lost...... It was groups like you, Stryper, Barren Cross and many others that helped lead me to the Lord back in the 80's.......Michael, once again, it was great doing business with you and thank you once again for Bloodgood being a part of my life..
God Bless You abundantly!!!!!!
October 28, 2003
To tell the story of how I became a fan....In 1986 I was a thief. I supported my drug and alcohol habits by stealing music cassettes and later on CDs and selling them to a local pool hall. I was amazingly good at this sometimes stealing as many as 40 a day. I was the party animal with the killer music collection..lol. Anyway, one day I saw a Bloodgood..Detonation on the store shelf and because the cover looked killer I grabbed it up. (if you will let me know how much restitution I owe you for this I will gladly pay for it) I opened it up and popped it into the player. Needless to say it didn't stay in very long. I listened a bit sayed Hummph and turned it off. I played little bits and pieces to friends just to mock it. Then a tragedy occurred in my life, one of my best friends killed himself. I about lost my mind with grief. I got ripped on drugs and alcohol, drove blindly like an idiot and finally parked on a lonely back road. It was then I turned the stereo on and in it still was your cassette..can you guess what song was playing? yep, it was "Self Destruction" followed by "Alone in Suicide" I was crying so hard by the end of the song that I could hardly breathe. then here comes "Crucify and The Messiah" I listened to them repeatedly till I could take it no longer and on that cold and lonely back road in the rain I got out of my vehicle...knelt in the mud and gave my life over to Christ.
Now in 1989 I was working and fell from the 4th story balcony. I really messed myself up bad. Plates in my head..3 compressed vertebrae in my neck..6 broke ribs...an exploded shoulder..a crushed hand..etc. Just two months later my father passed away. I had just proposed to my girlfriend before all this happened (she is my wife now and mother of my 2 beautiful girls) and now I find myself completely financially destitute and in constant pain all the time.The marriage was called off, I was wallowing in a mire of self pity and despair. My entire world had turned black and to be honest I was mad as hell at God for it. One day when out with my girlfriend at the same mall where I used to rogue I saw "Out of the darkness" on the shelf and decided to get it. (this time I paid for it though) The title track was awesome but when I got to "Top Of The Mountain" I once again wept with joy. It is my belief to this day that God used that song to talk to my heart. I got out of my depression immediately, threw away my pain pills and got a job. Although I am constantly wracked with pain I have worked full time ever since, very seldom taking any pain medication and praise God for the opportunity to have married my wife ("Top Of The Mountain was played at the wedding) and thank Him for my children., I purchased all your cassettes that was out at the time and wore them out. I'll be honest, I lost touch with your band for a few years until I saw "From Germany..." on ebay. I grabbed it up and truly loved it. I once had "Shakin' the world" on VHS but it long ago wore out. I am exited about this DVD. I want it to show my kids, to show them that not all true warriors of God wear a suite and tie...
Rock Theatre DVD
November 4, 2003
I just bought the Rock Theatre DVD and all I can say is "Wow"! What a great DVD!
A friend of mine turned me on to your band thru the song "What's following the Grave". That is one of the best songs that I have heard in years. The tone of the music and the seriousness of the message are incredible. God certainly has blessed you all with the ability to make fabulous music and reach out to the lost with lyrics that put the Gospel of Christ in terms they can understand and relate to.
If only your guitarist played Jacksons! LOL!
Amen to you, brothers.
your a blessing!
October 28, 2003
i am so thankful to the Lord for answering one of my prayers when i asked God for the return of Bloodgood band He knew the desire of my heart. i missed hearing from you guys, i am glad that your back praising the Lord world wide.
i searched the internet a couple of years ago for any information and whereabouts of the bloodgood band and of the bands merchandise. i was only able to find a very short story saying that the band had
unfortanetely broken up.
But this october 2003 i searched again the internet for any information concerning the band and i found the bands website. i am so happy. now i can purchase some more of your recordings but now on c.d.
i'm 29 years old now but grew up listening to your music. i was introduced to your band by my older brother. he bought all your albums from the late 80's and early 90', and when i was old enough i then started to buy all the albums i could on cassette.
i have been a faithful christian all my life. i was raised in church all my life until this day as a preachers kid. now i start being a big part
in my fathers church preaching and playing drums and guitar in the praise and worship.
i feel the ANNOINTING in your music and the message in the lyrics is directed by the Holy Spirit with power. this band is so awesome and without a doubt was and is used by God to glorify His name and bring lost souls to find the Light in Jesus so they can meet with all of us when our King comes for us. they proclame the name of JESUS ALL OVER THE WORLD and that JESUS is coming back again.
bloodgood is annointed by God to reach out and bless everyone that hears them and that is why they bless my life every time i listen to their music.
God bless bloodgood band,
Biblically Based Songs
October 23, 2003
Just in the last couple of weeks, I have really appreciated the music that bands like Bloodgood, Barren Cross, Whitecross, etc. put out for me and those like me when I was in high school and college (I just turned 36 last week). Yeah the guitars were great and all, but what I appreciate now is how truly Biblically based those songs were. In my Bible study or in service, it seems I can't help but come across a reference that makes me think, even today, "hey, that was in XX Bloodgood song."
I have to admit that I am a little concerned about the Christian music that my kids (ages 12, 10 and 5) listen to now. While I don't doubt the ministries involved, it seems like the messages are more Christian pop-psychology than something that is straight out of the scripture that will make my kids want to learn more.
Anyway, that is kind of off point of what I wanted to say. Basically, thanks for what you did for me back in the 80's and what you have continued to do to this day. May God continue to bless you and work through you to reach others with His saving grace.
Great influence on my life
September 25, 2003
...I just got to tell you that you and the rest of the band were a great influence on my life, even when things were almost hopeless for me I found strength in your music, Alone in Suicide was not just a song but felt like reality for me and the cool part is that as I look back on that part of my life I realized I was never alone. Thank you that you never comprimised and that Jesus Christ was your center and seeing the devil defeated was evidenced in your ministry.
Huge Canadian Fan
October 20, 2002
Since I was born again in 91 the Lord has used your band to minister to and disciple me. I still listen to you Collection cassette (it's almost worn out)! I just now found your site, and am so happy that I have...I thank God for your ministry. Your music has kept me strong in weak times over the years, thank you ever so much for being obedient to His call. I am a changed life because of it. Can't wait to hear from you all soon. Thanks so much!
In His Light,
October 16, 2002
Hi, my name is Eugenio, I'm 25 and I live in Brazil.
Back in 1990, we had little access to Christian rock in Brazil. I remember some guy from my church had a friend from Canada that was into CCM. This Canadian guy used to show us some tapes from Christian bands and one day he showed us Detonation. Myself and a whole bunch of friends were amazed with the songs and with the lyrics. We had no idea that there were bands playing pure heavy metal with this feeling that comes from depending on GOD. Soon copies from the Detonation tape were in everybody's walkmans. And
Bloodgood received the status of a real, trustfull Christian band; a title that only REZ and Petra received in our comunity (We knew only a few bands at the time, 10 or 12, but we trusted only the above mentioned, although our pastors never trusted anybody that dared to play drums and guitars!!?!!).
It's been 12 years now that the chorus "He's the Messiah" changed my life. We had a revolution in our lifes those days. And I can say that GOD changed the way we saw the world. He gave us the hunger to help those in need, the perception of how we could aproach the sons and daughters of broken homes and how we could talk to them and show them the way to salvation. It made an impact at that time, and it still is strong inside ourselves 'till this day.
This is only a testimony of what this kind of second wave of the Jesus Movement did here in central Brazil. And along with Rez Band's "Innocent Blood" and Petra's "Beyond Belief", Bloodgood's "Detonation" was a very important part of the freedom in Christ Hymns GOD used to show us His will and the path we should take. So glory be to GOD for your lives and thank you all for beeing available to be used by our Lord.
God bless you,
Your Lyrics Touched Me
July 29, 2002
My name is J. and I'm currently serving a five to fifteen years in a New York State prison. Until recently I was vice president of a violent street gang. Last week one of my fellow inmates handed me your double live tape to listen to...curiosity got the best of me and I cranked it up. I was shocked. I loved it. You guys are talented. The best part however, is that your lyrics touched me. I fell to my knees and gave my life to the Lord. I was tired living my life the way that I was. I'm no longer with the gang. I shed their colors, but now I put on the Lord's colors, praise God!
I'm keeping Bloodgood in my prayers. God bless!!!
Les and Joyce Carlsen
July 6, 2002
Hello! I am so excited to possibly get a hold of some very dear friends of mine that led me to the Lord Jesus Christ. Les and Joyce Carlsen. We were neighbors in Federal Way, Wash. I knew them before they were Christians. When I saw them after they accepted the Lord into their hearts, they changed ( dramatically ). It wasn't subtle. They turned their backs on all of the things that the world temps us with. The only thing they didn't was friends like me. They took me aside in their home, and told me who the Lord was. They went on to tell me that I had HOPE and LOVE in the Lord. They smiled and had a look about them that I had never seen before in anyone. I knew that there was a true change in my friends. I know that I wanted what they did.
I went home that evening and my life was the same. Full of lies and an abusive marriage. That same night, my husband went out with one of his friends (as usual) even though we had 3 children. I sat at home and around 1:00 am, I heard a voice,it sounded like mine only softer. It told me to turn off the television and so I did. I had remembered how Les and Joyce led me to Jesus.
I, all alone asked the Jesus if He would let me feel a little bit of love. I then felt this strong,very powerful tingling feeling from my head to my feet. My heart was consumed with many feelings. Love was the most though. I cried and laughed at the same time. I was on the carpet, flat on my face. I couldn't even move a muscle. Jesus held me there until I could move. I then proceeded to call my ex-roommate (who is also a Christian). Pam and she always wanted me to give my heart to the Lord. She did plant seeds while we lived together. The Lord is so good. He does work in mysterious ways. He has prepared me through others.
I was slain in the spirit for quite a while. I asked to feel a little bit of Love that He had for me. If that was a little, WOW!!! Just think if I had asked for a lot. I wouldn't have been able to handle it. A little WAS a lot. Enough for me to remember, in order to get me through the things that life and Satan had in store for my next few years. From several abusive marriages, addiction to prescription drugs, and a very serious rape. Which led me to having to give up my 4 children. I was unable to take care of them after my rape. This is not a feel sorry for me message...Rather a Victory in the Lord.
I have overcome my drug addiction and forgave those that hurt me. I am free, finally...
When people say to me that I am so strong and appear to be so happy :) I tell them that it wasn't me that did it. It was Jesus that made it possible. I did hang on to him in the hospital visits. From flashbacks to drug addiction, I am FREE. Now I have that same happy glow on my face that Les and Joyce had when they said the sinners pray with me. I can smile and have that same Joy, Hope and unconditional Love that they have. Glory be to God. I thank the Lord that he used them to lead me to Him. I will never forget them ever...
Footprints in the Sand is exactly what the Lord did and continues to do for me. He carries me when I can't walk or even crawl. I am so very grateful to our Lord.
Your music is a wonderful testimony of your walk with Jesus. Just as I could see the LIFE in the Carlsen's, I can hear it in Bloodgood's music. Keep on keepin' on. You are all Blessed. I will continue to pray for you all.
P.S. Please let Les and Joyce "hello" for me and share with them how I feel about Jesus and what He has done for me and my family. My children are wonderful and by the way are all Christians and love the Lord.
Love and God Bless You All,
Your sister in Jesus,
May 4, 2002
In the summer of 1986, I had the honor of being on a plane with Bloodgood. It was a short flight: San Diego to Los Angeles, I think. At the time, I was a 14-year-old metalhead who knew little of Christianity and even less of Christian heavy metal. Les Carlsen, sitting behind me and noticing my reading a Hit Parader magazine, started a conversation with me. I remember being pretty rude to him and laughing at the notion of Christian heavy metal. Still, he spent about 15 minutes explaining Bloodgood's beliefs and intentions.
Six months later, I received Jesus. I felt compelled to stop listening to the music I was fond of at the time, which was mostly bands professing to be devil-worshippers. I knew, however, that I was not ready to start listening to Sandi Patti. Remembering my meeting with Bloodgood, I got their album (I think they only had one out then). I loved the music! More importantly, though, I knew that it was being performed by true men of God who had hearts for evangelism. Not long after my salvation, there were several scandals in quick succession: Jim Baker, Jimmy Swaggart and Christian-backed assaults against Stryper. It was a confusing time for Christians.
My point is that Les witnessed to me, despite my own mockery of him. He was not ashamed of the Gospel. He planted a seed in me that day that did not come to fruition until later. However, I was willing to remember the words of a man in spandex, leather and chrome when I would not have listened to a man in a suit. I knew that Les (and all of Bloodgood) believed what he spoke. Although the unsaved world was telling me that Christians were all hypocrites, I knew at least four who weren't. I resolved to not be hypocritical, as well.
I wish I could have thanked Bloodgood then. Accept my thanks now. Sixteen years later, I am serving God more than ever before. I can see that Bloodgood is, as well. God bless you all.
Thank you for playing again...
May 1, 2002
In 1993 I was on one of your concerts here in Germany.
I was a young christian and your show was that much impressive to me. You Guys and the Rez Band are the people I been listening to in those young rebellion years, and it is and was a blessing to my life, (I am now working as a Youth Pastor. I probably wouldn't do that without you).
I am looking forward to you one day comming to Germany, so I could here all that awesome songs live once again...
It's a pity that you are only accepting US orders for your new stickers... I would have bought one...
Thanks for your Ministry for our LORD!