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Xalt

Heavy Metal
Holt, Michigan, USA

John Heald of Armada fame helped to form Xalt with leader/guitarist James Erdman in 1987. At some point Steve Davis joined on bass as well. Heald recorded a version of the band's debut album Dark War as lead vocalist and drummer, co-writing several of the tracks on that release. Scott Doerfler and Todd Gleason would later join the band, and along with Erdman and Davis, recorded the version of Dark War that would be released in 1988. Randy Carlson (also from Armada) replaced Davis after recording and supporting Armada's Frontline album. Carlson first appeared on 1990's Under the Ruins, and has played on all of the band's albums since them.

Discography

1987 Dark War (original version)
1988 Dark War E&E Records
1990 Under the Ruins Pure Metal Records
1991 History Pure Metal Records
1997 Helium Blue Gazebo Kaluboné Records
2017 Dark War (expanded edition) Retroactive Records

Dark War (original version)

1987 Independent

John Heald – Vocals, drums
Jim Erdman – Guitars
Steve Davis – Bass
Ed Englerth – Bass
Todd Gleason – Drums

  1. Ariel
  2. On the Cross
  3. Dark War
  4. Palace Daydream (instrumental)
  5. Angry Fire
  6. Ready for the Fight
  7. God in a Box
  8. 19:13-14 (Where Victory Storms) (instrumental)
  9. Looking Down a Loaded Gun
  10. A Warriors Honor

Dark War

1988 E&E Records (EE003)
2017 Retroactive Records (RRCD1425)

Scott Doerfler - Vocals
James Erdman - Guitars
Steve David - Bass
Todd Gleason - Drums

  1. Ariel (instrumental) (0:40)
  2. The Cross (3:14)
  3. God in a Box (2:47)
  4. Where Victory Storms (instrumental) (2:58)
  5. Angry Fire (4:07)
  6. Ready for the Fight (2:29)
  7. A Warriors Honor (2:44)
  8. Looking Down a Loaded Gun (4:14)
  9. Palace Daydream (instrumental) (2:04)
  10. Soldiers in the Midst (instrumental) (3:02)
  11. Dark War (5:17)
Expanded Edition Bonus Tracks
  1. Under the Ruins
  2. Wounded Heart
  3. The Kingdom Within
  4. Lift Him Up
  5. The Fortress
  6. Through the Night

Under the Ruins

1990 Pure Metal Records (SPCN 790-060-3808)

Scott Doerfler - Vocals
James Erdman - Guitars
Randy Carlson - Bass
Todd Gleason - Drums

  1. Through the Night (3:47)
  2. Forgiven (2:48)
  3. Under the Ruins (4:03)
  4. Waste Your Life Away (3:31)
  5. Lost Without You (4:06)
  6. Piercing the Darkness (4:50)
  7. The Fortress (2:48)
  8. Wounded Heart (4:47)
  9. The Kingdom Within (instrumental) (2:53)
  10. Lift Him Up (3:33)

History

1991 Pure Metal Records (SSD8169)

Scott Doerfler - Vocals
James Erdman - Guitars
Randy Carlson - Bass

  1. Standing (4:02)
  2. Heart of Stone (4:32)
  3. Babel Again (3:45)
  4. Walk Away (3:07)
  5. Unconditional Love (5:02)
  6. History (2:58)
  7. Build My World (4:30)
  8. The Tree (4:30)
  9. Reflection (4:14)
  10. Lord, Lord (1:25)

Helium Blue Gazebo

1997 Kaluboné Records (KBD1004)

Scott Doerfler - Vocals
James Erdman - Guitars
Randy Carlson - Bass
Todd Gleason - Drums

  1. Choose (3:26)
  2. Future Flyaway (4:07)
  3. Security (1:53)
  4. Pizza Driver (4:49)
  5. Helium Blue Gazebo (3:22)
  6. Love Will (3:49)
  7. Found a Reason (3:41)
  8. Winds of Change (4:18)
  9. Witch Hunt (4:47)
  10. The River (4:27)