Winter Jam EP
Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand Foot Krutch(TFK) is one of the most successful Christian rock bands with several 1# hits and top selling albums. So its no surprise that TFK found there self's in Winter Jam, the...
Root Road is a name you might not be familiar with but they are a name that is worth checking out. Root Road consist of brothers John, Anthony, and Nathanael from northeastern Ohio transplanted to Nashville,...
Jam Packed Energy | Posted July-26-2017
Thousand Foot Krutch(TFK) is one of the most successful Christian rock bands with several 1# hits and top selling albums. So its no surprise that TFK found there self's in Winter Jam, the most popular tour in America. After going independent, TFK have continue the light up the Christian rock and mainstream rock world with hits like War of Change, Courtesy Call,Untraveled Road, Lifeline and many more. TFK continue to thank there fans for all their support through the years and give all glory back to the one true King. TFK gave there fans a free EP to again thank there fans for where they are today. The EP titled "Winter Jam EP" features three tracks, "Push" from there latest release Exhale, a remix of Untraveled Road from Oxygen:Inhale, and a acoustic version of Let The Sparks Fly from The End Is Where We Begin.
The EP kicks off with "Push" from there recent release Exhale. "Push" continues the theme of Untraveled Road(from Oxygen:Inhale) with a message too keep walking and too never back down. What people say and do is going to hurt us but they don't know the fighters that we are inside. We need to be the change in this world and let nothing stand in our way. "Untraveled Road(PHENOMENON Remix)" gets a dance/EDM beat on and comes out as a epic remix. The message of being the change turned from a positive rock anthem to a positive dance anthem, TFK outdo there selves so many times. Ending the EP "Let The Sparks Fly(Acoustic Version)" is about trying to lead someone into the light of Christ. The acoustic sound and Trevor's vocals make this a epic close.
This was an awesome EP. With "Push" and "Untraveled Road(PHENOMENON Remix) it captures the message for us to stand out and be the change and to let nothing stop us. "Let The Sparks Fly(Acoustic Version) talks about leading somebody into the light. When people see us being the change in the world, they know there's something we have that they want and that's the light of Christ we have. TFK gave us two nice twists to some of there best songs for free along with another awesome one "Push". TFK gave us a awesome EP even though there's only three songs and there's no new songs, its free so how can you argue? However you see this EP, its pretty awesome and contains some awesome tracks. Download it for FREE at TFK's NoiseTrade page if you want to give it a listen. God Bless :)
Unstoppable Anthems Of Christ | Posted July-19-2017 Singing mainstream metal and Christian pop, who's heard of that?
Matty Mullins, singer/songwriter of mainstream metal band Memphis May Fire, did just that. Having grown up on Christian music since a kid and still listening to it, its no surprise that Memphis May Fire's lyrics do hold a Christian approach. Memphis May Fire's lyrics are a light to the metal scene but with strong and outspoken faith like Matty Mullins there's a lot more you can do. Matty Mullins came out with his first solo Christian pop album in 2014 (which is one of my favorite album's) and is back taking it a big step up.
The album starts off with "Say It All" a pop/electro track with a strong message that actions speak louder then words. The track shows the importance of listening to others and changing the world by our actions, other then our words. "I Choose You" slows down the dance beat we had from last track into a contemporary beat. The message is about instead of living how we feel, to choose Jesus everyday so we can live free. The first released track off the record (and my favorite) "Unstoppable(feat. Jordan Feliz)" shines a light into a broken world that His light still shines and nothing can stop His love, which is the answer to all our problems.
"Go The Distance" slows down the dance but continues in a pop song that gives glory to Him, who died for us even though we are full of sin, who left everything behind for us, who cares about us, who hears us, and answers us every time. His love will go on and on to reach us and too write us back into His story. "Brand New Fire" throws back on the electro and pop/dance beat we had at the first track. "Brand New Fire" is a rejoicing song of when He saves us with a new fire for Him, a fire that restores us and makes us feel alive. "Christ Be Magnified" is a pop/worship song were there's nothing to sing but praises and glory to Jesus Christ, the risen One who sets us free!
Back into the dance/pop sound, "The Great Unknown" is about breaking away from the world and letting Him lead us. Sometimes He's leading us where waters seem to deep but that's where He changes us into who He's called us to be. God wants us to know Him more just like we want to know Him more but we need to be ready to leave this world behind to follow Him and for Him to take us where we can grow to Him. This song has helped me this year to let Him take me deeper then I've ever known and has become one of my favorites of the album. "The Best Is Yet To Come" is the only song not wrote by Matty Mullins on the album but comes out has a highlight track. A contemporary/pop track with a bold message that no matter how good things get in life, for us who believe, Jesus is yet to come! Has the lyrics say: "one day You will right all wrong, and every nation, tribe, and tongue, join has one, sing Your song, the best is yet to come"!
"You Can" to me is part two of "The Great Unknown" in wondering 'why am I here in the unknown'? Sometimes going into the unknown can have challenges and mountains that seem impossible to move. There's not a single mountain however that's impossible for Him, for we are weak but He is strong so we don't have to fear anything. Closing the album is a pure and honest worship song, "Until I Need You". This song, co-wrote by Matthew West, is a prayer for letting God take away everything of this world until we known we need Him. The world is full of useless things that keep us away from God and His plan for us. We need to be able to let them go, we need to always remember Christ is the only solid ground, we need to know He is the only one that can truly satisfy us. Like the lyrics say: "there's a kingdom come that waits for me, so I lay my treasures at Your feet, let nothing ever come between, the kingdom come that waits for me".
This album was the best album I've ever heard. A true, unashamed, powerful, fun, Christian pop album with a message that inspires and gives the hope of Christ. Matty Mullins took it to a whole new level since his last solo album with a more pop and unashamed approach but still having the same positive message. Several of the tracks have become my favorite songs and others have greatly ministered to me. All and all this is a five star rating that I wish I could rate and support even more. God Bless :)
Root Road is a name you might not be familiar with but they are a name that is worth checking out. Root Road consist of brothers John, Anthony, and Nathanael from northeastern Ohio transplanted to Nashville, TN to pursue music. Root Road have been in Christian Pop/Rock and Soul music since 2005 with the release of Masterpiece. Root Road released another abum in 2008, I Am Here, keeping there Pop/Rock and Soul mix while also including a Contemporary sound that you can imagine playing on CCM Radio. In 2008 Root Road also experienced a big change when moving to Nashville. This left them with the question of whether to contiuning music or not. After 40 days of fasting and praying, the answer was to continue. Ater that, God began pouring songs into Nathanael about new themes that took Root Road on a new trip in the Christian Music world. In there new album Come Alive, Root Road have took it up a notice in music, lyrics, and postive messages making there best work yet, with the help of Grammy and Dove Award nominee Roger Ryan, there's nothing stopping Root Road from coming alive in there new album.
The album starts with "I Believe I'm Free" a upbeat pop songs that starts the album off in a groovy way. This song gives the message of being free in Jesus and not of this world. "Smooth Sailing" is more of a laid back song with a relaxing sound. Although this track is relaxed its very repetitive with only the words in thr chours "smooth sailing". Bringing the pace back up, "Forbidden Love" is a track you can dance to. Its about knowing our idea for love is not always what God wants and we should ask and listen to Him before we make our move. "It's Been Awhile" is a track where God's talking to someone seemingly without hope and telling them to smile so joy can take over there sadness.
Bringing the energy back up we come to "Come Alive", a previously released single and one of my favorites. This is a danceable song about how God's love for us makes us come alive. "Parallel Lines" slows it down again and give the message of two people with differnt points of view going differnt ways in hope to maybe see each other agian in the future. One of the most upbeat tracks on the album, "Weak Days" is a victory song that the weak days and sorrow won't last forever and thanking God through them. Even though its a danceable track, it challenges us to thank God even through the bad times cause they won't last forever. Wrapping up the album, "Thats The Way" is a track of worship to God and how much He loves us. This track is another one of favorites and one of the most heartful tracks on the album thats closes the album in a very peaceful way.
Root Road no doubt pulled off there best album yet with the strongest message every heard in there music. With only eight tracks, the album can seem shorter then others but I think it went nice and smoothly. The album went off with upbeat, slow, upbeat, slow and so one which balances the album for every different listener. Root Road is a band to watch for this year with music and shows. Root Road have energy and heart whether you listen to their albums or watch them preform live. They do as well as all the big names out there.
I believe music can speak to people no matter what there going through. Give this album a listen cause my review isn't your review. Root Road are still learning but they're not new to the music world either. This album was great and I recommend you take a listen. God Bless
A One-Way Winner | Posted February-15-2017
Hollyn made waves in the Christian music world with her EP featuring the hit single "Alone (feat. TRU)" . Hollyn had something to give to Christian Music but a EP is only a taste of what she had to offer. She finally released her debut album "One-Way Conversations"from Gotee Records, working with producers Bryan Fowler (Ryan Stevenson), Wit and 42 North (Andy Mineo), Cole Walowac of Capital Kings, Eric Ramey (Britt Nicole) and more. Her debut album was co-writen by Hollyn, tobyMac, Cole Walowac and more to make an outstanding album that proves once again, Christian Music isn't boring.
The album opens with "Can't Live Without", a EDM sounding track thats a talk (a one-way conversation) between Hollyn and God where she stats "I can't live without Your love". Next up is a favorite of mine "Love With Your Life", a catchy, upbeat, pop song thats a standout on the album and proves that Hollyn is going places. "Obvious", keeping the EDM sound, is a turn around from "Can't Live Without" with God talking to us saying that He can help us through all our pain if we let our walls fall down. "All My Love" is a love song between a girl and a boy about pouring out all there love for each other for a true love. Slowing down the EDM and pop sound "In Awe" is a worship song to God about how He loves us even though He doesn't need us and when you stop to think about it... you can't help but be in awe about Him.
Starting up again to the energy, "Party In The Hills (feat. Steven Malcolm & Andy Mineo)" is a song that...you guessed it, party. Hollyn teams up with Christian rappers Andy Mineo and newcomer Steven Malcolm to get the fast paced track rolling. This track was done by Steven Malcolm to be on his debut album coming out later this year but also ending up on Hollyn's. Christian Music is full of surprises. This song is good but if your not a fan of rap music this song might throw you off a little. Slowing down the energy again is a beautiful song called "Lovely", in this song Hollyn sings about how the worlds standers for beauty is nothing compared to how He sees us, lovely. This song is one of the high points of the album but surpried me hearing the word "sexy" which could not be the word some people want to hear (even though it wasn't used in a bad way).
The energy picks up again with this pop styled song "Go (feat. tobyMac & Diverse City)". This song is slighty more edgy then the rest but still comes out as a great song. The song is aimed towards escaping the dangers of the world that is sometimes hard to see in people or life its self. TobyMac & Diverse City bring the backup vocals but doen't have much time to shine by there own. This song can be a little confusing if you don't know the lyrics but this song is still a keeper and a great track. Giving a different sound then the rest of the album, "Waiting For" is a song about knowing that your special somebody isn't everything and theres alot for to be waiting for in life. This track really didn't stand out that much to me to much but theres a song for everyone so try it out.
Has a guy I knew I wasn't going like this track and was right. "Girl" is a song that... confused me. Its a great team up with Tree Giants but the meaning behide this song is questionable and I think thats somewhat the purpose. The lyrics are pretty rough which really puts a feel of "What is Hollyn trying to say here?". Putting us back in EDM, Capital Kings and Hollyn shine one last time with "Love With Your Life (Capital Kings Remix)" which wraps us the album in a way that you can grove.
Not gonna lie, this album wasn't half bad. Hollyn steped it up with her EP with a little more EDM, rap, hip hop, pop, and of course Jesus. Many tracks I loved and some I didn't but for a first full lenth album, she's gonna places. This album makes a feel of that she's showing who she is, a young girl, going through life while keeping her fire for Him alive. I feel like I can grow with album and her journey in Christian Music. The album can't relate to all people due to the sounds of tracks, lyrics, and that its aimed to girls but this album shows that Hollyn is true to her music which many people aren't. I believe this is only a taste of whats to come with Hollyn but she did great. If your a guy or a gal I think you better give Hollyn a chance and see how you guys enjoy it.