A Day of the Trumpet
Fireblood Angel Band (Featuring The Hosts of Heaven) A Day of the Trumpet 7" (Siloam, 1982)
Welcome to one of the strangest records in my collection and one that, despite years of searching for information, I know very little about. As it is, I found out about this record by chance. Some years ago, Rick Ele, a fellow dejay at KDVS, made it his mission to listen to all the 7"s in the station's library. I am not sure if he got through them all or not, but he did at least make it to the letter F. I know this because one day he pulled me aside and said, "You gotta listen to this one," as he handed me the Fireblood Angel Band 7". I went into a listening room and spun the record. Wow! The next day, I got online and tracked down a copy in the catalog of a mail order op in Sweden. It was the only one online (and I haven't come accross one since), I sent off $8 and got a brand new copy in return.
Listen to the record and you will find that the music itself is pretty strange. Tape loops, feedback, random piano playing, chord organ, Shaggs like percussion, and a guy with a Texas accent singing in a singsong meets chant meets rant. Let's get a little deeper than the music. What is the guy singing about? By the song titles, name of the band, name of the record label, and what I can make out of the words, this fellow, whose name might be Makkabah, is singing about Christ, the End Times, and the spirit.
A Day of the Trumpet is from a passage in the Bibical Book of Zephaniah 1, which reads "The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land." Pretty heavy shit.
I am not sure if In Every Heart is a Bibical reference, however from what I can make out Makkabah seems to be singing of Man's Soul.
The label name, Siloam, is the name an ancient pre-Israeli city now an Arab settlement called Silwan, in East Jerusalem. It is the site where Jesus is alleged to have given a blind man his sight.
The name Makkabah comes from the Hebrew word for hammer. It is also the word in which the name Machabeus is based. Machabeus being the hero of the Book of Maccabees, part of the Old Testament Apocrypha.
God knows (and I am sure in this case, he'd be the guy) where Fireblood Angel Band came from. Breaking it down, a fireblood is a edgy, roughneck type of guy, so perhaps this is a group of bad ass angels? Hosts of Heaven is a pretty common phrase in the lexicon of Christianity and also pretty obvious.
As I noted earlier, I have spent many a hour trying to track down information on this record. I did find the copyright holder, an education consultant in Houston, Texas. However my many attempts at contacting this person have been fruitless. And since I have started the email and website of this person are dead. So this one remains a mystery.
Whoa, that was one such of a strangeness. My daughter made me stop it about two minutes in.