Long before Scott Stapp was crooning about going higher and breaking out of his own prison, there was this Creed, a traditional heavy metal band from Germany. The band released only one full-length album through Pias Music in Europe (and Pure Metal in North America), after releasing an obscure EP. The band played an intensely melodic brand of heavy metal without ever crossing into glam. And although a couple of the tracks approached breakneck speeds, they weren’t speed metal either.
This style of metal was prominent in continental Europe at the time, but never garnered a major audience in the United States beyond the mid 80s. Nonetheless, the hard to find album Sign of Victory remains a favorite among critics and Christian metal collectors alike.