Friday, December 21, 2012
Dynasty released a new lyric video for "Rise To Victory" that features Tommy Green as a guest vocalist. For those that don't know much about Dynasty, they have a West Coast sound that is thrash, hardcore and punk. Very nice... Reminds me of an old school sound. I especially like the energy in their videos that features their live shows. Very energetic. Their new album "Beyond Measure is due out January 22, 2013. Check em out!
Sunday, December 16, 2012
But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it (v.14)
One of the most prevalent of modern myths is the idea that boundary-less living leads to freedom. A permissive lifestyle may feel free for a time, but it will soon trap us. In ludicrous manner we shout, “I’m free! I’m free!” as we back into a cage and lock the door.
Jesus’ stark warning about this cuts across our permissive society, just as it cut across His own. In Matthew 7:13-14, He portrays the choice as one between two roads—one narrow, another broad—leading to two destinations (life or death).
The broad road is loud and crowded (v.13). It’s the path of self-will and selfish ambition, of loose promises and sexual permissiveness, of hatred, revenge, and doing good for personal gain, of hypocritical religion, and of a materialism that leaves no room for God. This road is popular because it’s easy. We simply let our natural desires lead us.
The narrow road, by contrast, is so small that most of us walk past it. Few are rushing to it. This is the path of following God’s will rather than our own (7:21), of firm promises and marital faithfulness (5:27-37), of reconciliation, turning cheeks, and anonymous charity (vv.21-26,38-48, 6:1-4), of true spirituality and choosing God above possessions (vv.5-34).
The broad road feels so free, but it leads to death and hell (7:13). There’s no freedom in either. The narrow road initially looks constricting, but looks are deceiving. We’ve shed our baggage to fit through its gate and walk lighter and with more freedom—into eternal life itself (v.14).
Don’t think Jesus is talking only about heaven and hell here. The life and death He speaks of is experienced now, depending on whether we follow Him or not (vv.24-27). Others may jeer, but those who follow Jesus down His narrow path will live in joyous freedom.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
One of my favorite singers "Dwayne Jackson" who reminded me a lot of some of the famous grunge singers of the 90's has released a 5 track acoustic album titled "Things Unsaid". Like it says on their Bandcamp page - This is an exciting, refreshing album. Go check it out!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Well, it's finally here. More good music from these mates out of Australia. Their new EP is titled "Brighter Skies". Be checking for it on Itunes. These guys are putting out some good music and they deserve not only our support, but our prayers and encouragement to keep doing it. Below you will find a video preview of their new EP. Awesome!
This artist is one that I just recently discovered and quite honestly I was really happy I did. His sound is really hard to pin down; It has elements of the 80's new wave fused with soul and dance, yet it has an element of ambiguity in that you can't ever tell where the song is going to go, which in my opinion makes it very nice. Michael is also involved with the United Pursuit Band collective that's comprised of Will Reagan and others. Here is a great video by him. Check him out!
Monday, November 12, 2012
Alice In Chains (yes, we all liked them a lot, but look at their fruit)
I used to cover bands too, so I am just as guilty, but I have concluded that there is just some music that doesn't glorify Christ. This is why we play. To give Him glory and praise.
Update*** - It never fails... The night after I wrote this I had extremely demonic dreams. Satan totally does not want this message out there. He wants Christians to not only listen to demonic music, but play it. That must make him really happy.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I came to know this epic guitar player by coming across his metal band "Live As Lions". I knew pretty fast when I heard their music that the guitar player was different. I had no idea just how different until I heard some of his solo stuff. I was totally blown away and you will be too. Here is a video of one of his original works.
He also gives guitar lessons and is very interactive and friendly with his fans. You should get to know him.
Full Score Guitar Lessons
Live As Lions
Monday, October 22, 2012
What about your own response to the gospel. Have you heard it? Have you responded? It's easy to put off making a decision, and this becomes an even greater tendency when it seems a long way off.
The gospel is a simple but heart-penetrating truth. The Bible tells us that all of us have sinned and fallen short of God's perfect standard of righteousness (Rom. 3:23), resulting in separation from a holy God (Rom. 6:23). But the Bible also says that because of God's compassion for us, He became a man and allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross to pay the penalty for our sin (1 Peter 3:18).
It's not enough just to know these great truths. We must respond to them by personal choice. The Scriptures tell us, "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12).
Will you respond to this spiritual truth?
If you're able, humble yourself and get on your knees, Acknowledge you're a sinner before God. Ask Him to make you His child, to wash you and fill you with His Holy Spirit. Then begin by praying throughout your days to God. Talk to Him. Read the Bible daily. Ask God to show you a church that is legit and then get involved. Serve others. Let your deeds show you really believe!
If you need prayer contact me or my wife. God bless!
Part of this message was adapted from the Our Daily Bread devotional.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Band Page - Raising Lazarus
Band Page - Matthew Eldridge
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Here is a band that is far-removed from the Christian metal scene. For whatever reason, they just never continued after releasing one EP titled "Realm Of The Dead". Purgation can be described as a mixture of Soundgarden and Black Sabbath... Maybe a little Tool here and there. Interesting band. I wish they had made more stuff because I really like it. I will be honest though. After initially going to their website and seeing how influenced by Sabbath they were, I was a little hesitant about promoting them in any way. I don't know; Sabbath was one of those bands that you should definitely steer clear from as a Christian (coming from a long-time previous fan). With that said, I uncovered an interview somewhere on the internet by the lead singer Ronnie Griffin. Pretty convincing where he stands... The album is also full of great lyrics. Mostly doom-type, end of the world, repent stuff, but great nonetheless. If anyone reading this knows what happened to these guys, let me know. I would like to know what they're up to.
INTERVIEW with Ronnie (singer)
Conducted via email in March of 2001.
Thunderline - How would you describe the sound of Purgation to someone who has never heard you? (and what does the name Purgation mean)?
Ronnie - The music would be described as heavy doom with a dark feel to it that sets the mood for the world we live in today which is pretty dark. The word Purgation means the act of purging which means to cleanse which we know God is going to do to this world sooner or later.
Thunderline - You have a new cd out called "Realm of the Dead" can you tell us a little about that?
Ronnie - I was listening to David Barton who is a Christian historian and he was talking about our country's founding fathers and he was giving some quotes from one of the signers of the Declaration of Independance, Thomas McCain, who was talking about hell and he called it "The Regions of Sorrow" and I thought that would be an interesting title for a song and song subject and I got to thinking about all of the people I've talked to over the years about Christianity and being saved and the Bible says that people who aren't saved are spiritually dead and that's what this world is like. It's spiritually dead. In the song I say "and as I look on I begin to see, the despondance hints reality" and what I mean is the lack of response to the Christian message shows that this world is non-acceptant of the message. I decided to give it the title Realm of the Dead to fit what the Bible says about people who don't accept Christ and that is spiritually dead.
Thunderline - What sort of lyrical topics do you cover?
Ronnie - I like to counter-act what some of the secular bands are saying in their songs which is a total anti-christ message. It used to be that the earlier metal bands would have topics in their songs about Satan or Satan worship but now it's pure blasphemy towards Christianity and Jesus. That's what the song Eulogy ( part 2 ) is about. It's a counter action towards a secular band's song which is really blasphemous towards Jesus. I don't think it's right that these guys can put down my beliefs and then expect not to get a response to it. I'm not saying that they can't say what they want or say something that might offend someone elses beliefs but they should respect my right to say something about what they say if it offends me.
Thunderline - Do you consider Purgation a "ministry" band?
Ronnie - Yeah. I'd like to change the world and the only real way to change the world is through Jesus. Music is a good way to get to people. I remember hearing a quote from a musician who said to a law maker, and I quote, " You make the laws and I'll write the songs and I'll rule the world". Not that I want to rule the world but it just shows you how powerful a tool music is. When I first got into music I wanted to be just like the bands I was getting into. So I know music can change people. I know it's not as easy as it sounds but it can be done.
Thunderline - How important do you feel it is to deliver a message within your lyrics?
Ronnie - It's very important but there are right ways to deliver a message and wrong ways as I've come to find out in the past year. The message is the most important thing in this music. It should be for all Christian bands. I was looking at a secular band's website and it seemed that the most important thing for them to get out was their message. It's a message of new ageism and I think we need to counter-act this kind of thing and I think that our message should be just as important. The music has to be there too though.
Thunderline - Who is the lineup of Purgation?
Ronnie - Ronnie Griffin - Vocals, Guitar and Bass, Jerry Allnet - Guitar, Peppy Ruiz - Drums
Thunderline - Do you get to play many live shows?
Ronnie - We're only a studio band at the moment.
Thunderline - If you could go out on our with any band in the world (Christian or ecular) who would it be and why?
Ronnie - I've never really thought about that but it would be great to play with anybody.
Thunderline - What does the future hold for Purgation?
Ronnie - We hope that this will take off and we can do this full time. There's definitely another CD in the future.
Thunderline - What are you guys' jobs, hobbies, interests outside the band?
Ronnie - We all work full time day jobs.
Thunderline - Who are some of your influences (or bands you just enjoy listening to)?
Ronnie - I respect bands like Tool, Black Sabbath and Solace for their musicianship but not for their message. These are the bands that influence me musically but it's hard to enjoy them becuase of their lyrics.
Thunderline - Final comments?
Ronnie - Thanks for the interview Norm. It's greatly appreciated and we'd like to invite people to visit our website at www.purgation.com
Friday, September 7, 2012
I was given an album a while back of a band called "The Old-timers". I went through a punk-period back when I was a skater (in the 80's) which consisted of bands like: G.B.H., Subhumans, Vandals, Minor Threat, Hard Ons and so many others. Listening to this album took me back in a totally positive way. It's filled with all of the same energy and sound that all those older bands had, but with the love of Jesus Christ throughout. Getting this album has really taken me back to a special place in time, only now it's something I can totally get in to. They are signed to a label called Thumper Punk Records. They have many other bands that are signed that I plan on checking out.
For now, if you ever liked real punk, drop what you're doing and check out The Old-timers. You won't be disappointed. God bless!
Buy Their Albums HERE
I would like to call attention to a band called The Overseer. I remember long ago when they had their equipment stolen and thinking to myself, "How are they going to continue?" True enough, they have proven that they have perseverance and God on their side. The Bible says that with God ALL things are possible and this is a good example. Here is a cool video of "Absolve" that comes off their release "We Search, We Dig".
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Sinner's Creed, a memoir by Scott Stapp of Creed, is due to come out October 2, of this year. I strongly encourage you to get it, if not to encourage him, to deepen your walk with the Lord by hearing someone else's testimony. I personally am curious to know what he went through as a Christian, rising to great heights as a world renowned rocker to the Creed breakup and then to now. Until now, it was always really blurry to me, where he stood as a Christian. I follow him on Twitter and I realize that he has always been a Christian, but like me, went astray and returned like the prodigal son.
Monday, June 11, 2012
dying over in Africa and other places, just because there is no food. I have even read that they will put dirt into their mouths because their stomach hurts so bad. We don't have to go and hand it to them. There are ministries that need our help. They will do it! All we have to do is what we're supposed to do. Tithe. 10%. That's it! We don't need to build bigger churches and have more programs here in America. We need to do what Jesus told us to do and that's look out for the least of these. As I rambled on about it with my son, he said that I should really see the movie because it's along the same concept.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I just wanted to let everyone know about this Bible that's out called Metal Bible. It includes the New Testament writings as well as testimonies of metalheads like Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden and Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, who gave their lives to Jesus Christ.
The Metal Bible is currently featured in Swedish, English (NLT), German and Dutch languages and they are currently working hard with Portugese, Italian, Slovak, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Spanish versions.
The contact for this project is Johannes Jonsson and he stated that the purpose of the Metal Bible is:
...to break down prejudices and misconceptions that many metalheads have about the Bible and help people to realize that the Bible is not a boring book but an interesting and living book that has a lot to tell us today. Hopefully many will through this special bible edition see that the Bible and its message is something for them too.
You can view this Bible by following this LINK
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Let's join in together pray for this prayer request that I received. Thank you!
There is a boy of nine here in Israel who has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer around his heart. It was discovered because he had a persistent cough that would not go away. Every major medical center -- including top flight places in the US -- that has had its doctors review the pictures (MRI, whatever), has said that it is inoperable. They will not touch it.
The prognosis is so grim that the mother has made a decision to decline chemotherapy, so that he should not be made totally miserable in his last weeks or months.
There is, then, nothing but prayer. And I ask it of each of you, and that you put out the word as extensively as possible. Miracles do happen, and we cannot turn our back to that possibility.
Pray for NOAM JAY BEN INBAR.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Ok, so today was the official last day (by the grace of God of course) that I will ever drink another cup of coffee. This was a hard one for me (and it took a while), before God brought me around to repentance. I drank very consistently for the last 6 years. I enjoyed grinding and picking up a fresh roast of Kenya AA, sometimes right out of the local roaster. I remember twice for sure that I felt like my heart was trying to jump out of my chest on that particular brew.
At that time, I really didn't see anything wrong with it. However, over the last several years, I started to notice that I would go out of my way to get it, almost craving it like an illegal drug. Once I tried to quit "cold turkey" and I remember getting headaches over the course of day 2 and 3 that eventually caused me to almost vomit in the car. We just so happened to be passing a Starbucks so I ran in and picked up a cup. My problem went away almost immediately. There is also apparently a lot of history to caffeine, possibly going back to the book of Job in the Bible. For those of you that drink coffee, you may want to seriously ask God if it's right for you. If you are a drinker and want to stop, here is what I recommend. Gradually take it down to one cup a day for a month or less; make up your mind not to go past that one cup. At the end of that month, start skipping days and then after a week go and throw your favorite cup away along with your brew machine and any coffee that you have. Once you have done that, go to the Lord and ask Him to give you the strength to move on. God bless!
NOTE***DAY 2 - Ok, even with these weaning recommendations, I am experiencing a lack of focus, blurriness and severe back stiffness and pain. Something to think about.
NOTE***Day 8 or 9? - I'm not sure of the exact day since I quit, but I can honestly say that I have more energy and I feel great.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Newborn - Classic Acoustic/ Folk
Mary McKee & The Genesis
The Messengers Of The Cross - Jesus Music
The GospelFolk - Rock (1969)
Flock - Groovy Rock
Trinity - Rock
God Unlimited - Rock
The Sharons - Rock
Messengers Of The Cross - Jesus Music
The Emmaus Road Band - Southern Style Rock
Christbearer - Psych Folk
Linda & Betty Lownes - Hip Organic Folk Rock
Good Seed - Groovin' Power Worship Rock
Exordium - British Folk Rock
Valerie Mountain - 60's Easy Listening
Sonfolk - Psychy Rock
Barry Woods - Country Rock (78)
Under New Management - "Family Band" Style (73-80)
Newbury Park - Jesus Music w/ horns
Lamb - Messianic/Folk Rock/Psych/Eclectic
Isabel Baker - Twangy Gospel/ Oldies
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Secular - of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred. ~ Dictionary.com (source)