|Warrior Cry | Posted June 09, 2011
From the heart of Bethel Church, the well known epic center of Jesus Culture, Brian & Jenn Johnson, Kim Walker and others comes Jake Hamilton. Already a resonant voice of the Redding,CA movement, Hamilton is a cry of a warrior. The project Freedom Calling emerges from a fresh sound and perspective, Hamilton's unique southern like classic rock sound adds volume and rawness to worship. His sound is anything but tame, it is warrior like. The sound brings about sounds that are familiar to that of Keith Green, Led Zeppelin, and The White Stripes. Hamilton cries out for a generation to seek God's face with passion and militia.
In “War Drums” comes a rally-like song settling for battle, with drums beatings and thematic cues of classic rock. The second track “New Song” comes in at a much alleviating sound declaring a new song and revival that is coming to shake the earth. The song declares to “prepare the way for the Lord”. The track seems like a prophecy that is being unfolded.
“Supernatural Revolution” declares His kingdom being on earth and being revealed through the use of the “supernatural” gifts given to the church. A call for holiness and for the church to take stand of what God has given them to go and revolutionize the world, the track still holds Hamilton's unique persona.
“You” and “Take It All”come as passionately felt worship tunes still holding that riveting classic rock edge. “It's a Garden” comes as cry to be a burning fire and all that God has called us to be. “Looking For One” shows a much gentler side of Hamilton delving in themes of justice and being the “one” that can hear God's heart beat and be willing to be His hands and feet.
“Breakout”, “Freedom Calling”, and “Darkest Before the Dawn” excavate liberty in Christ with heavy vibrates of rock renditions. The album ends with the victorious “Hallelujah”, a familiar melodic sing-a-long closure.
Freedom Calling is intensifying. This is anything but typical, even from former Bethel recordings. Although fairly acquainted with worshipers from this emerging church (Chris Quilala, Kim Walker, Brian Johnson), Jake Hamilton has something completely new in a very invigorating and intense way. Hamilton's unique rock edge is something not so very accommodated in the “worship scene”, and he does a splendid way of weaving new sounds to a worship experience.
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