Though a fantastic classic/doom metal band, Chicago’s Trouble were always slightly confusing. They often used Christian imagery, biblically-themed lyrics, and somewhat uncharacteristically for doom metal–a positive outlook. Take this ballad from their 1990 self-titled album:
Please, take His hand
The time has come to learn
Please, take my hand
Let me take you to learn
And yet, the band played almost exclusively secular venues with other secular artists, and depending on which band members you talked to, they seemed to distance themselves from the “Christian” tag. While the band’s history and religious affiliations are much too complicated to go into here, suffice it to say there was always at least one Christian member in the band, and sometimes two–guitarist Bruce Franklin, and sometime drummer Jeff Olson. I suppose we could say that Trouble, though never using the terminology themselves, were one of the first “Christian-in-a-band” scenarios. An interesting side note here is the band were probably the first to receive the tag “white metal,” a moniker first assigned to them by their label Metal Blade. Though the band did not like the term, it was meant to describe how positive their lyrics were, in contrast to much of the satanic “black metal” of the 1980s.
Musically, they are one of the most legendary doom metal bands around, often incorporating influences of psychedelic rock, as can be heard prominently on “The Misery Shows (II).” Enjoy!