We are all still hurting with what happened to our dear brother Michael Bloodgood last Friday, with the official announcement of his passing from complications of the hemorrhagic stroke which grounded the founding member and namesake of groundbreaking Christian metal band Bloodgood last February.
Frontman Les Carlsen has just announced that Bloodgood will now come to an end, due to the circumstances that have taken place, however the ministry of Bloodgood and the call on Les’s life will continue on as the vocalist has been busy writing brand new material for his upcoming solo album.
This is what Les had to say to the fans of Bloodgood earlier today:
For the BLOODGOOD fans who are captivated by the music, the sound, and the power that came from the message about life everlasting through Christ we want to say, “Thank you”!
Many have been asking about the future of BLOODGOOD and the new music that was being developed.
Now that Michael is home, BLOODGOOD as a band has come to an end. No new music will be written. No BLOODGOOD live concerts will take place. However, there are a few new songs that Michael wrote and performed and some ‘legacy’ material that may be developed at a future date and released to you…and the long-awaited streaming and digital download of the Trenches of Rock film is now available for pre-order in the iTunes store.
For me, the ministry of BLOODGOOD and the personal call on my life remain unchanged, so I will continue to record new music. The message is the same and it is urgent. Life is short!
Paul Jackson and I, the team that wrote some of the BLOODGOOD classics such as “Crucify”, “Demon on the Run”, “Seven”, “Top of the Mountain”, “Pray” and “Lamb of God” to name a few, will continue to write new material and play some live shows. We have already been working on an album that will hopefully be released later this year. The first single is scheduled for streaming on Aug 12.
All of us who are moved by the life of Michael Bloodgood can truly say that the light of Jesus was bright in him. As his best friend and partner, I will do my best to honor him, but more importantly, to proclaim the truth about Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, a message Michael was so passionate about.
Please continue to support Michael’s wife, Marilyn, and his family.
Our plea as a magazine is for all to show continual support for Michael’s wife Marilyn and family, both in prayers, and if possible, donations to the campaign linked above.
Godspeed Michael Bloodgood, we love you and thank YOU for the memories and music from all of us at The Metal Onslaught Magazine.