Many Christian metal musicians began playing secular music and finding faith along the way. And as is often the case, these new Christians wanted to express their newfound faith through their music. Such was the case for Chicago based Sacred Warrior. The newly formed group decided upon the name Sacred Warrior because it reflected not only that their commitment to Christ is sacred, but that as warriors they needed to put on the armor of God and prepare themselves for battle on a daily basis. Sacred Warrior signed with Intense Records in 1987 and recorded four albums with the label. Sacred Warrior plays melodic, progressive hard rock/metal, often quite reminiscent of Queensryche and Iron Maiden. As was the case with most Intense artists, Sacred Warrior was a mainstay on metal radio and produced over a dozen chart topping songs.