Joe Lane is a multi-talented individual who is the bassist for More Than Sparrows. He runs his own production company. As well as many other things. He keeps a very busy schedule and on top of all of that he has recently released his second solo album, Day Of Judgement, as well as starting work on his next solo release. He has a strong passion for serving God and he definitely glorifies God in his music. He is also looking at starting to tour outside of his home area. I forgot to mention that he is also currently attending college full time. Please pray for him as he undertakes all of this as I am sure it can not be an easy thing to do.
Now for the review of Day Of Judgement. This CD is very good. To me it is telling the story of the end times aka judgement day. The musicianship on this is very well done. In Joe's vocals you can hear the emotions of someone who knows it is the end and is sad for those that are not saved. It starts out with a song(Urgency) about how when somebody we cared about died we were there but where were we when they were alive. It is a very great point. How many times has someone close to me died that I wish I would have seen more when they were alive? Way too many. This song puts it into perspective. On this album, He also talks about how God may tell us to walk into the darkness in order to shine our light but if we are not careful we can become lost in the darkness. Great songs throughout the album.
In closing I can say that God has given Joe Lane a talent that he is using to glorify God all the way. He really is a blessed musician and also a very nice guy. I have talked to him and have become friends with him. Hopefully some day he will be able to do a concert close to where I live. If you are into experimental music that is full of emotions and passion for God then I highly recommend this album. Also if you can find a copy of it you just might want to check out his first CD as well. Also check out the interview that I did with him. You can find the interview here at http://inchristalways.weebly.com/5/category/joe%20lane/1.html. You can find this CD on Spotify and Amazon but you can show him more support by getting it from his store http://joelanemusic.bigcartel.com/ where he has a great deal running. You get this and his first CD for a good price.
This album originally came out back in 1988. This CD and band really changed the Christian metal scene and broke new ground. I unfortunately have just heard of this band when all the hype about this remaster started. So this review will be based on this very limited edition of the album instead of the album itself. However I can say that I really enjoyed this CD and it is in constant rotation on my ipod. I wish this band was still around making music because their message is very powerful. In order to review this CD I ended up buying a previous edition of it that I was lucky to find on CD at the bookstore at my church. This new edition was limited to 300 and is only on vinyl picture disc. The production on this seems to be much better. Roxx Records really did a great job bringing out all of the elements of this album and making sure that they released a quality recording. I really like how they brought out all the instruments and cleaned it up. I am definitely looking forward to any other reissues that Roxx does and hope that they keep up the great work.
Roxx Records http://www.roxxproductions.com/
Sweet Crystal is a progressive Christian band from Detroit, Michigan. The band members are Marq Andrew Speck (keys/vocals), Bill Blatter (Guitars / vocals), Steve Wieser (Drums), and Marty Zarski (bass/vocals). This band has won multiple awards in the Detroit music scene. In fact in the 22nd Annual Detroit Music Awards they won all 5 awards in the "Outstanding Gospel/Christian" category. I think that is awesome but at the same time that gets you expecting some great music on their CD. Well I can say that those expectations did not lead to disappointment. This is their 3rd CD and I enjoyed everything about it.. The lyrics were great and they had a very powerful message. The singers sounded very good as they delivered the message. The keyboards were nice and clear and stood out. The rest of the instruments were very good as well. This CD made me go back and check out there other 2 CDs. They were both great as well. They kind of reminded me of bands like Styx and Yes. After being a fan of bands like that I was very happy to come across Sweet Crystal, I am now officially a fan of theirs after this album. If you like music that is in the progressive side of things then I highly recommend this band.
Your Chance To Die is a melodic death metal band from Camden, SC. The band features Missi Avila on vocals, Coca Avila and Chase Crouch on the drums and Thomas White on the drums. This is their second cd to be released on Red Cord Records and my first time hearing this very talented band. I have to admit that I was thinking that this was a male singer until I went to Facebook and read their bio. I am very impressed that this is a female singer and she proves that women can growl as good if not better than men. The musicianship on this is very good as well. This band just shines through on this release. If you want to hear some great metal with some wonderful growling check this band out!
Red Cord Records http://www.redcordrecords.com/