Highlights of Found include such signature rockers as "Sky Is Falling" and "Into The Fire," as well as the piano-based "Mercy Meets My Pain" and the worshipful "My Last Words." The project's title cut and lead single, written by founding members Joseph Rojas and Holderfield, along with acclaimed singer/songwriter Daniel Doss, mines deeply personal territory for Rojas.
"'Found' came from the heart and hits me every time I perform it," Rojas says. "The truth is, I was singing every night on stages all over the country ministering to others, but inside I felt empty. I poured myself out but never filled back up. I was too ashamed to tell my pastors how empty and depressed I was feeling and I ran to things that left me emptier than before. Food became an addiction and I isolated myself in embarrassment of the weight I had gained."
"I came to realize I was so empty because I wasn't allowing myself to rest in Him," he continues. "As St. Augustine said, 'You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.' When you lose that closeness with God, nothing you have or accomplish will fulfill you. It's the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus that has kept me all these years. From delivering me from a $400 per day cocaine addiction to my present situation, He is faithful!"
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An Exhilarating Summer Rock Release| Posted July 26, 2017
Seventh Day Slumber has been one of the most prolific and consistent presences in the Christian rock scene for many years now. While they don't garner the commercial attention some of their peers do, you can rely on them to regularly add to their quality body of work. The band has carved out two markets for their music: light rock worship and a more guitar-driven hard rock sound. Both find representation on their latest release, Found.
The title track and lead radio single "Found" boasts the band's signature soft approach that carried songs like "Oceans From The Rain" and "Caroline" to hit status. "My Last Words" is a poignant look at leaving a legacy that looks to Christ and qualifies as another song I can see being a radio hit.
Other tracks like gripping "Sky is Falling" and the emotional "Sins of Our Fathers" provide clean guitar-rock goodness. "Heart on my Sleeve" wields one of the strongest of the album's choruses and holds a nice juicy guitar solo too.
Unlike some of their contemporaries, there is little here that doesn't tackle faith issues head-on. Seventh Day Slumber has always been bold about where they stand, and yet they are equally bold about the challenges Christians face. Themes of addiction, loneliness and self-loathing are addressed, intent on pointing to a solution rather than just wallowing in self-pity. This helps lift the band from just another source of cathartic commiserating to something that can encourage, without making light of struggle.
Those familiar with the band's music will find that these songs fit fairly seamlessly into their discography. While there's little here that really shakes things up, a band with Seventh Day Slumber's credentials has earned the right to go with what works for them. Joseph's Rojas' vocals are instantly recognizable, and the band has firmly established their sound and their mission. While the rock-o-meter has wavered back and forth over the years, Found might be one of their most balanced efforts yet. Fans of any of their previous work should find new gems here, and anyone weary of the 2017 musical drought should find some relief.
The Bottom Line: Found offers a healthy mix of the sounds Seventh Day Slumber does best, giving the summer of 2017 a nice infusion of rock.
Song to Download Now:
"Sky is Falling" (Get it on iTunes here.)