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Broken Temples by Kevin Broken Temples by Kevin
Broken Temples is the album we've all been waiting for! None of the tracks on this album disappoint. Whether you're new to Kevin Max or you're a fan from his DC Talk days, solo career, or stint...
Epic by Manic Drive Epic by Manic Drive
  I've been a fan of their previous albums, but I find "Epic" is my favourite Manic Drive album. From start to finish,...

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What We've All Been Waiting For! | Posted March-15-2015
Broken Temples is the album we've all been waiting for! None of the tracks on this album disappoint. Whether you're new to Kevin Max or you're a fan from his DC Talk days, solo career, or stint with Audio Adrenaline, you're going to love Broken Temples! The album starts off with a bang, with Kevin Max rocking it on "Good King's Highway", a strong lead into the rest of the album. To those who have remained loyal fans of Kevin Max throughout his solo years, you'll be thrilled with the stylings of "Just As I Am", "Clear", and "White Horses" - true Kevin Max, through and through, from meaningful lyrics, grooving guitar, and his unique vocal talents that span the octaves and make the spine tingle with delight. The track "Just As I Am" stays with you, both lyrically and melodically, playing again and again in your mind long after listening. 



The two radio singles, "Light Me Up" and "Infinite" are also catchy tunes. For those of you familiar with Max's gospel album, "The Blood", you'll enjoy the soul and exploration of vocal range found in "Infinite", made all the more powerful with the addition of Rachel Lampa's accompaniment. Somehow, this single sounds even richer within the context of the rest of the songs on this album, so even if you're enjoying this as a single, you really must listen to it on the full album.



Fans who pledged for this album were rewarded with two amazing bonus tracks, "Lay Down Your Weapons" and "Freak Flag". "Lay Down Your Weapons" is Beatles-esque in style, similar again to Max's work on "The Blood". 



My absolute favourite song on the album is "Freak Flag". It's a fun, guitar driven song that is a nod to "Jesus Freak" from Max's DC Talk days. Be prepared to hit repeat on this one! I would love to hear this played live. Kevin Max's vocals kill it!  



Kevin Max is known for his thought-provoking lyrics and imagery. With "Broken Temples", he manages to maintain his usual depth, while adding another layer of accessible insight into his spiritual walk. Just as his albums, "The Imposter" and "Stereotype Be" have transcended time, "Broken Temples", too, is sure to do the same. It will be a staple on my iPod for a long time to come. 



 After hearing just a snippet of a song he's currently working on for a new album, I eagerly await more of the same great music from Kevin Max! Until then, I will enjoy digging in deeper to everything "Broken Temples". 

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Epic - Manic Drive's Most Accessible Album To Date | Posted July-10-2012
  I've been a fan of their previous albums, but I find "Epic" is my favourite Manic Drive album. From start to finish, it's a strong album.  Where their previous albums were rocking fun, this album keeps the rock, but adds funky dance beats.  This album will likely find a greater audience with this balance.  "Epic" changes may be ahead for Manic Drive! (Sorry guys, I went for the silly pun.)  "Halo" is a great song that you'll want to listen to many, many times. The chorus most definitely manages to get stuck in your head, so you'll be singing it for days.  "Epic" is an album that bears repeated listening.  The funny little intro's remind me of dc Talk's similar starts to their songs on "Intermission".  Not only do the intro's add some humour, but they also make for a smooth listen from song to song.   "Good Times" is irresistable as a sing-along, as well.  "Money" and "Go Big or Go Home" are equally grooving.   It's impossible to sit still and listen to these!   "Save A Life" and "Mountains", the two slower songs on the album are surprisingly beautiful and every bit as enjoyable - lyrically beautiful and pretty melodies.  Am I the only one that hears the start of "Positive Radio" and finds myself reminded of the beginning beats of "Jesus Freak"?  Positive Radio - Decent Christian Talk??  Do you see a connection, or at least an homage?  I know they're fans of the band, dc Talk.  Manic Drive first came to my attention with their song "Blue" featuring Kevin Max's amazing vocals.  Love it!  Still listening to that song and the songs from "Epic" weekly!  Check these guys out!  Definitely worth a listen or two, or three, or four, or ...

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