Originated: Salem, Oregon Country: United States of America U.S.A. Genre: Metal Read Interview
Bio: 1979 Christian Center of Salem. The Band was called "Power Faith". It's members were John Mahan, Russ Koch, Jim Maxwell and the Late Bob Page. These guys had a small collection of songs and shortly broke up, just to return a year later as "The Gentiles" minus Bob Page. It was during this time Richard Lynch was managing the band, playing rhythm guitar and writing songs. By 1981 The Gentiles went in to the studio and recorded their first demo with a stand in singer, Max Clark. They sent out to record labels and received a few offers, but each member was slowly moving on to their individual careers, and by 1982 the band folded.
In 1982 Richard Lynch and drummer Gene McClindon found themselves bandless and a desire to continue on with the dream of playing Heavy Metal for the Lord. During this time Richard was writing material for a new LP and seized the name SAINT. Gene contacted a friend he new who was to play guitar and could sing as well, his name Josh Kramer. Josh was a great guitarist and had quite the voice. They played an audition in Los Angeles for Steve Archer but were told to practice and maybe some other time. Richard told them there would be no other time for them and they left. This is when the idea of their own label "Rotton Records" was birthed. In 1986 the band signed a contract with Pure Metal Records and releases its first full-length, "Time's End." Over the next three decades, the band would release many more studio albums, chart on Billboard and be featured in Metal Edge, Circus, HM and many other magazines.