By Michele Romero
Updated July 12, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Have Washington’s Screaming Trees made a Christian record? On Dust, their seventh full-length offering, Mark Lanegan’s fluent baritone lofts lyrics about thorns, halos, Jesus, prayer, the Gospel, love, and death — all above a powerful fire and brimstone of guitar chords, pounding drums, and an occasional gossamer sitar or organ. The result is spirited and spiritual. Moshing in the first pew only. A