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The Lead was one of the very first Christian punk bands to emerge from the fledgling Christian underground in the mid-1980’s. Their career spanned the years 1984 through 1991. In those years they recorded prolifically, played three Cornerstone festivals and briefly toured the eastern half of the U.S. three times. Their style of music changed as the years passed, starting from a base of pure punk into hardcore and then finally crossing over into thrash. The Lead was the second band signed to REX Music, in 1987. That year they played Cornerstone for the first time. The bands they played with, either as openers or headliners, included Suicidal Tendencies, DRI, MDC, Marginal Man, Cynic, Bloodgood, the Crucified, Believer, Whitecross, One Bad Pig, Deliverance, Vengeance Rising, and Crashdog. The Lead was comprised of Nina Llopis on bass and vocals, Julio Rey on guitar and vocals, and Robbie Christie on drums and vocals. In 1989, guitarist Andy Coyle was added, and he remained with the band until 1991.

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  • UltraJohnny

    Burn this comment kkkkkkk

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ManiacForces

    Burn this page :p

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • blabberjesusrad

    Check out this artist on BlabberJesus Radio!

    13 Feb 2009 Reply
  • juliorey

    Guess I'd better figure out a way to hook up the VHS to a computer...

    1 Feb 2008 Reply
  • mykel_f

    loving the videos linked on this page. ;)

    29 Jan 2008 Reply
  • juliorey

    Sure. The Past Behind was recorded in the wake of Slayers' Reign In Blood. I wanted to create the Christian response to it (that notion was wrong on so many levels, but I digress). I was so obsessed with this that I remixed the original recording three times and then pushed to rerecord it with better equipment. I never did get happy, and we stagnated as a band. That's the way it goes...

    9 Jun 2007 Reply
  • wildcelt

    Ooo, it sounds like there is a story there. Care to elaborate?

    18 May 2007 Reply
  • juliorey

    REX release was our biggest mistake.

    14 May 2007 Reply
  • wildcelt

    Yes, The Past Behind on this compilation was from the original release, not the R.e.x. re-release. I actually prefer the R.e.x. release myself but oh well.

    20 Dec 2006 Reply
  • mykel_f

    Yep. Listening to it now. Is it just me or does The Past Behind material sound different than the original version (I have it on cassette)? Like they've added reverb or something. Anyway, glad to finally have Automoloch and the early stuff.

    17 Nov 2006 Reply
  • wildcelt

    The Lead has finally released a two-CD collection of all their albums. Check it out at

    7 Nov 2006 Reply