Before Stryper, Whitecross and Holy Soldier there was a pioneer
christian rock band.....
Zion! Originating in Sioux Falls South
Dakota in 1981 and eventually becoming known nationally as well
as internationally when the band signed with the east coast label
IMAGE RECORDS in 1988. What most people
don't know is the fact
that after the song "Is It A Crime" from the Thunder From The
Mountain album was licensed to Myrrh Records (Word) to be used
on their "Twelve New Faces" album from which the song ended up
dominating radio airplay charts, Myrrh began courting Zion, Image
Records and David Zaffiro to become Myrrh's first and only metal
band and have David as producer. Image and Myrrh could not come
to terms however and Myrrh went on to sign Holy Soldier and have  
David Zaffiro produce them instead. The rest is history. Had Image
and Myrrh come to an agreement, Holy Soldier probably wouldn't
have been signed to Myrrh. It pleases the band to know that they
were actually picked first even though a deal could not be made.
Zion disbanded in 1992 after enjoying a very successful +11 years
of rocking the land and releasing several ep's and demo's and
finally the cd "Thunder From The Mountain" which had five top ten
hit singles!  2004 found the boys in the band reuniting in Portland
Oregon in August on the 15th year anniversary of the recording
sessions of "Thunder". The members are always working on new
material of various styles and a new CD is now out  of a collection
of live cuts and rare demo's, and previously unreleased on cd tunes
titled "