Most people don’t understand the connection between Hip Hop and Christianity but it is there! Some will tell you that it doesn’t belong in the same category but a gift like this can be given and who are we to question it. Those who spend their days and nights proclaiming the name of Jesus through music ministry don’t care to waiver, because they know their purpose.
This brings us to Vincent Tesoro. This gritty and transparent artist is in it for the souls. He states this in his profile on the OmniGod Music website saying, "My words need to be heard because we live in a dying world and I know I can connect with the hearts of people that are dying inside."
Starting his career in Pathway Movement but eventually deciding to go independent Vincent brings to the world his debut album with a style that is hard, direct, and relatable. This alternative feel is nothing normal to the Christian genre. "A Worldly Heaven" is an 18 track album. Packed with heart checks and deep thoughts I dare not compare it to any other artist.
Vincent Tesoro brings the truth of his pain from the jump with his intro track called "Walk the Line." Displaying all this and more in tracks like "Mirror of Weakness," which to me seems like a song of reflection. His song "S.W.A.T." speaks of a rather strong and controversial subject, showing that he isn't afraid of the truth.
I honestly loved the vibe of this album and the best thing about it is his outro track. He finishes up with a little promotion from his mother which seals the deal.
I think artists who leave it all on the table and let the Lord speak through them are refreshing. I truly believe in this album as well as artists like Vincent Tesoro. Please take time to get to know him and listen to his music. You won't regret it!
Phillip Rosas is a Lead Review Writer for OmniGod Music.
The moment I started watching The Weeping Gate’s new video “Thyself Inimical”, I was struck by the imagery. The juxtaposition of old and new as well as comfort and wealth to a bare hard empty prison was awesome. From the quiet palm muted sounds, to the exploding chunky blazing death metal drifts as she climbs the stairs. All the way to the haunting melody of the piano/keyboard through the track….I was swept away. I loved the way the song was presented in the imagery all the way through to the end to the reveal showing that she was the monster, her own enemy.
Now while I am not the biggest fan of Death Metal, I was impressed how well put together the song was. The keyboard melody and female vocals throughout, giving it a very haunting melody and softening the brutal riffs of the guitars. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that there are 2 male vocalists seemlesly singing the harsh death growl style of vocals, as I had not realized it was 2 guys.
Overall I'd say this band is going to be huge and this video is a must see for any metal head regardless of what genre they prefer. I know I definitely will be keeping eyes on these guys. This is some of the best goth influenced melodeath I've heard in awhile.
Isaac Patterson is an executive writer for OmniGod Music.
Heavy and aggressive, yet beautiful and hypnotic. This is an apt description for Your Memorial’s self titled EP. The metal music of Your Memorial is full of contrasting elements. Instead of pulling the music apart these elements come together to elevate it to something wonderful. The band has created five new, incredibly heavy songs filled with color, texture and contrasting dynamics.
Vocalist Blake Suddath spends a great deal of the EP with his voice dialed up to ten. His vocals are delivered with extreme aggression. There is no doubt that Suddath is giving everything that he has behind the microphone. Every word is delivered with maximum force. Guitarist Willie Weigel provides clean vocals and brings a bit of melody to the songs. The contrasting vocal styles brings a great deal of depth to the songs.
At times the music of Your Memorial is just as aggressive as Suddath’s vocals. The EP is filled with a variety of heavy, groove laden, palm muted guitar riffs. This is a band that is not shy about being a heavy metal band. There are heavy metalcore elements in the band’s music. But to strictly label them as a metalcore band is not a fair assessment. Your Memorial also mixes in influences from thrash metal, groove metal and post rock.
At times Your Memorial will musically flip the switch on the listener. There are some beautiful moments when the aggression falls away. Passages of dreamlike, cleanly played guitars fill the air. No distortion or testosterone fueled vocals, just a brief moment of calmness. There are other outstanding low key musical moments to be found. At times Willie Weigel has the opportunity to sing over some of the quieter sections. This of course sets the stage for Suddath’s raging return. These contrasting musical moments work to increase the dynamics of the heavy sections.
I would be doing the band a great disservice if I did not mention bassist Mike Helms and drummer Tommy Weigel. A band is only as good as its drummer. Tommy Weigel handles the drum grooves quite skillfully. Far too often singers and guitarists receive too much credit for a band’s success. I am taking nothing away from Suddath and Willie Weigel. Both band members are worthy of a great deal of praise for their efforts. However, it would be difficult for them to do what they do so well without the band’s other half. Helms and Tommy Weigel lay down tight grooves and rhythms that allow Suddath and Willie Weigel the freedom to effectively play their parts.
Self titled releases usually belong to a band’s debut release. For Your Memorial this is not the case. Their self titled EP is actually the band’s swan song. After this release and a final tour the band, after eleven years, will be disbanding. All good things must come to an end. For their final release the band has put together a collection of exception songs. Your Memorial will be going out on an extreme high note.
Troy Tennard is an executive writer for OmniGod Music.
I met this real cool man named Craig while at my wife's family's church in upstate New York a little while ago and we got to talking about OmniGod Music and what the future holds. During the conversation I mentioned that beyond music, we will be getting heavily involved with film. He brought up this really cool place in Atlanta called The Thunderdome and I was instantly intrigued!!
Today I received an email from Craig and I was so incredibly happy to see that he had included in that email the link to The Thunderdome!!
This is one of the coolest idea's I've seen in awhile!! Check it out.......
WHO THEY ARE:
Founded in 2010, The Thunderdome is an artist residency in Atlanta. They are a group of young filmmakers who are Christians- striving to grow in film, faith and friendships. They collaborate on work, share their equipment and experiences, and grow into the artists God created them to be.
WHAT THEY DO:
As full-time freelance filmmakers, they do it all - write, direct, shoot, edit and whatever else needs to be done. They have different strengths and different goals, but each of them is capable of taking a project from conception to completion. Throughout their time at The Thunderdome, they have done work for companies like Chick-Fil-A, ESPN, Papa John's, Zaxby's, the Weather Channel, Reach Records, the Atlanta Falcons, Home Depot and many more.
To learn more about The Thunderdome and their team of film makers, visit atlthunderdome.com.
MadeSacred is President of OmniGod Music Group.
I can remember when I was a small child and used to get involved in group games after school with the pupils and teacher. We used to play musical chairs or pass the parcel but the main one that I used to like was "Chinese Whispers.”
This is how we played it:
How to play ''Chinese Whispers''
Depending on the number of people (11 is a nice number), put the players in a suitable formation that is comfortable for everyone. Usually a circle or similar shape, with the players tight against the edge of the wall.
One person decides on a word or phrase to whisper into the ear of the person next to them. It does not matter what word or phrase is chosen.
The person who had the word/phrase whispered to them now passes it to the person next to them in the same way as before, and so on down the team of people.
When it gets to the last person they have to say what they think was whispered to them out loud. If it is correct, then you may do some kind of celebration to reflect the joy of getting it right.
On the other hand it may be the complete opposite or have metamorphosised into something totally unrelated and somewhat baffling.