Messenger's 'You Choose'

RATING 80% 

Everything about You Choose, the fall of 2012 sophomore release from Arlington, Virginia based Messenger, screams of classic hard rock meets traditional heavy metal: An assertive joining of bludgeoning guitars, subterranean bass lines and tenacious drumming that allows for a surpassing heaviness but an element of accessibility at the same time

Messenger got off to a strong start in 2008 with its independently released full length debut I’m Talking To You, an album the Angelic Warlord review (80%) described as having a “throwback sound that hearkens back to the eighties” while also reflecting “a heavier and more muscular side to the decade” in trending towards “guitar driven hard rock (similar to Rez Band) and old school heavy metal (not unlike Saint)”.

On You Choose, also released independently, Messenger - much to the benefit of us all - delivers more of the same. In other words, you will encounter no gimmicks and nothing fancy here but rather good old fashioned and in-your-face metal and hard rock that is also extremely well performed. Musicianship proves adeptly done and songwriting a step up in comparison to the debut, which was already quite good to begin with.

Much of the You Choose material is up-tempo, including metal based tracks “The End Of Time” (with its penetrative guitar walls), “Christian Rocker” (heavy as it gets but with a touch of blues) and “Risen Christ” (highlighting a victorious metal anthem vibe). A decidedly hard rock direction is taken on “The Back Of My Mind” (delivering a blues heavy feel) and “Come Home” (standing out with its warm sense of melody).

When You Choose trends towards mid-paced territory quality fails to diminish. Straightforward metal would be the best way to describe “Power” (aptly entitled cruncher with a punishing low end) and “Rulemaker” (classy piece highlighting variances in tempo) and hard rock “The Sacrifice” (another heavy set blues driven rocker). The lone attempt at a ballad, “Paradise” (bringing an airy feel mixed with hard rock guitars), is a good one.

Helping set the Messenger material apart is its all out heaviness; the group pulls no punches in this capacity. But there is also no need for concern in that Messenger also displays a penchant for melody in which it sidesteps any form of repetition or heavy handedness. The upshot is that all the songs here have something to like about them.

Vocalist Frank Clifton Herring proves the driving force behind the versatile Messenger sound. With a rich and warm style rooted in the mid-ranged, he fits right in with the bluesy hard rocking material but can also belt it out for the heavier metal based tracks. But his true strength resides in how he does not come across strained either way.

Messenger also has a wonderful talent in lead guitarist Vlad Gurin. The best way to describe his playing would be the aggressive fury of Oz Fox (Stryper) mixed with the flair and style of Tony Palacios (Guardian) and Dee Harrington (Saint). His leads on “The End Of Time” and “Come Home” are ripping while “Paradise” reflects a more bluesy and exquisite side to his playing.

Several constructive comments were included as part of my I’m Talking To You review. The most pointed revolved around packaging, which consisted of a 4 panel digi-pak without lyrics. You Choose, in contrast, is a 6 panel effort with lyrics included. Credit the band in this area.

Also credit Messenger for production that rates a couple notches above the debut. No, I do not think I’m Talking To You sounded bad for an independent release, but You Choose takes things to the next level with its more polished and all around fuller feel.

The other constructive comment involved I’m Talking To You including a couple filler tracks. This has been rectified as well in that all You Choose songs are solid. The lone complaint is that You Choose is also a bit short in coming in at just over 30 minutes. Now, I do not want to contradict myself in that I advised Messenger to go with its best material and they did exactly that. That being said, the songs here are somewhat short due to all being under four minutes.

I hate to nitpik because quality ultimately prevails over quantity, but there is also a need to strike a perfect balance between the two. Hence, when it comes to both song and album length, I feel it is necessary that a band settle into what I refer to as the “Goldilocks zone”: Not too long in terms of overall playing time (if interested in an 80 minute progressive rock epic then raise your hand) but not too short either (a thirty minute album almost falls within the EP category)

This is the lone area which disappoints in that perhaps Messenger could have extended several songs into the four or five minute range or turn “The Cave” into a full length instrumental (one of the my favorite I’m Talking To You songs is five minute sometimes-shred-sometimes-fusion instrumental “Special Delivery”). The upshot would be an album falling within the much more satisfying 35 to 40 minute length.

The shortness to You Choose notwithstanding, there is more than enough pluses here to make it a must purchase: All songs are of high quality, production is top notch and band performance of a high level. If you enjoyed I’m Talking To You or classic hard rock and straight on metal in general then by all means give You Choose the chance it deserves.

Track By Track

“The Sacrifice” opens to a drum prior to gradually fading in. The song proceeds to slowly roll through its rugged verses on the way to an incisive chorus in which the more forthright heading is taken. Robust but melodic, “The Sacrifice” represents classic Messenger all the way. Lyric snippet:

Slap my face, accuse me falsely
Sentence me to die
Crown my head and whip me deadly
Can you tell me why?

Stretch me out and nail me down
A cross then did I earn?
Be prepared I shall arise
And I will return

“The End Of Time” hits hard and fast, taking an unequivocal up-tempo heading while reflecting the more metal feel in comparison to its predecessor. Chorus, with its abrupt but too the point feel, ranks with the albums finest. Credit Gurin, whose lead guitar stretch begins slow and bluesy only to abruptly take on a shredding turn at the end. Lyric snippet:

Marking, counting thru the Mayan ages
To prove the day the planets will align
Crying Dying
Sine will have its wages
Christ returns the day of God’s design

The End of Time - Can’t be told by one
The End of Time - has to come to pass

“Paradise” approaches semi-ballad territory with its ethereal feel and overriding melody. The song proves the albums most tranquil from how it plays up some stylish and gentler overtones along with a fitting stretch of bluesy lead guitar played with a great deal of feeling (sort of like something Rez Band would come up with). Lyric snippet:

Shangri-La, Xanadu, Utopia, Nirvana
Many seek and they find their search is all in vain
Heaven-sent, Earthen-scarred; Jesus the Messiah
When you seek Him you will find heaven is yours again

Come to His throne
We come to Him alone

It does not get much heavier than “Christian Rocker”. Powerful in tempo and form, the song grinds and punches to storms of slamming guitars in highlighting a piercing chorus and low-end reverberating as it gets (drummer Tim “TNT” proves his nickname is aptly deserved). Lyric snippet:

He wants to be my friend
He wants to see me go
I don’t think he knows
What he’s supposed to know

He wants me to say I’m vain
He’s just a talker
He’s just judging me cuz’ I’m a Christian Rocker!

“The Back Of My Mind” highlights an angst-laden mentality while mixing in aspects of blues hard rock. Guitars are fittingly heavy set in delivering the needed crunch, lending to what amounts quite the exacting scene. The lone complaint is that the “hey-hey-ho-ho” backing vocals are a bit overdone. Lyric snippet:

Faith… lives in the back of my mind, but I don’t want to go there
I pray… when some time I can find, I know it’s not fair
“I’m fine!”, “You’re fine!”
At least that’s how I think it should be- they tell me

I’m living a lie, and I don’t know what to do
I don’t know why, but it’s hell I’m going through
My problems are mine, I’m not one to whine
I take the blame
I know that I’m proud, I don’t’ say it loud, I feel the shame

Spirited anthem “Come Home” smoothly flows its distance, exuding a warm upbeat energy with an abounding chorus and bustling low-end playing leading roles. Gurin again hits the nail on the head with his radiant guitar leads. Yes, melody for sure but every bit heavy as well. Lyric snippet:

A wife looks out the window. A husband keeps checking his phone
She told him that she forgives him. Will this fight leave him alone?

The Lord Christ please with His fallen. The Maker cries out to all men
Turn from your own way. He won’t be asking again

Won’t you come home…

Aptly entitled, “Power” starts in discordant fashion to pounding drums and snarling guitar feedback. At a moments notice, however, impetus kicks in to some driving riffs that impel the song through its weighty as it gets verses and lively chorus in which a victorious message is conveyed:

And with a heart of love He dies for sinners
He came down from above to make then winners
For those who trust Him, He has power
To help with sin, He has power
So you and I can win with His power

Classic metal is the overall feeling at hand.

“Rulemaker” brings its variances, starting its verses quietly to stilly done guitars only to gain resounding momentum as guitars take over to back what amounts quite the decisive chorus. In between we have bluesy guitar harmonies aligning with an emotionally done bridge and more metal laced guitar leads. Lyric snippet:

Pharisees and Sadducees made rules that burden men
Christian leaders do it still today
Christ had come to chastise some and show the love of God
Those leaders heard Him say

Rule Maker - You love the role you play
You Faker - Ignoring your own sin
Soul Breaker - You stand in heaven’s doorway
You don’t’ enter and you won’t le me in

“The Risen Christ” delivers the high energy goods. With an abundance of brazen riffs carrying things ahead, the song plays up an uplifting mentality of the worshipful variety (chorus is inspired as it gets) and eighties metal feel certain to draw you in on first listen. Some bluesy proclivities make their presence felt as well. Lyric snippet:

They mocked Him, they smacked him, they pulled out His beard
They laughed at Him as He spoke the truth
‘Crucify Him” they sneered
They slashed His back, crowned His head with thorns
They nailed Him to the tree
And though He dies, He was raised again like He said He would be

He is the Risen Christ, who carried Paradise
To be with Him on high, Him who is glorified
He’s the Lord, He is God, Almighty Jesus

Review by Andrew Rockwell

Track Listing: “The Sacrifice” (3:11), “The End Of Time” (3:40), “Paradise” (3:05), “Christian Rocker” (3:14), “The Back Of my Mind” (3:24), “Come Home” (3:04), “Power” (3:32), “Rulemaker” (3:22), “The Cave” (:45), “The Risen Christ” (3:10)

Musicians
Frank Clifton Herring - Lead Vocals, Guitars & Keyboards
Vlad Gurin - Guitars
Roy Richardson - Bass
Tim “TNT” Tieff - Drums

"We have seen a lot of bands called MESSENGER in the past, so this Springfield, Virginia, USA based MESSENGER is not quite original when it comes down to picking a name for their band. However, their CD ‘You choose’ does sound very professional and is definitely of a very high level. In fact, this is TRUE METAL in the best Classic 80s US Metal direction, with a massive sound/production and some high class musicianship. The band’s singer FRANK CLIFTON HERRING (who also plays rhythm guitar and keys) has got a great voice and their lead guitarist VLAD GURIN shows he is a fantastic guitarplayer. 10 songs are included and despite an independent release, MESSENGER sounds like one of the latest sensations in the True Metal direction. The band combines True Metal with Progressive Metal and Melodic Metal here and there and especially during the epic “Paradise”, it sounds very impressive. Sure, there are some similarities to a MANOWAR, ARMORED SAINT, METAL CHURCH and such bands, but what MESSENGER is doing is of such a high level that any fan of this kind of Metal will instantly be shouting along to this band’s hymns like “Christian rocker”, “The sacrifice” and “Power”, as well as the terrific classic 80s tingled uptempo Melodic Heavy Rocker “Come home” (reminds one of FIFTH ANGEL, RIOT, KNIGHT FURY…). Be aware and check out this Christian Metalband MESSENGER a.s.a.p., because who knows they might become massive in the next few years."

(Points: 8.2 out of 10)

Messenger's 'You Choose'

Messenger hail from the East Coast, the nations capital specifically, and these boys have a strong understanding about how to rock! Messenger have crafted a sound that reminds me of early Sacred Warrior (musically not vocally) and Dio. This ten song album is full of hooks and well crafted songs. You Choose is the title and Messenger make no mistake about the choice before you.

Opening with the rythymic drumming of Tim TNT Tieff, The Sacrifice comes charging out of the wall of sound with a catchy chorus. Yet I notice immediately that there is no guitar solo. The End of Time is a bit heavier and struts its stuff in a slightly up tempo fashion. Well arranged and with a stellar guitar solo, the chorus is anthemic but not cheesy at all.

Songs such as The Back of My Mind, The Risen Christ and Christian Rocker kick it up much like End of Time, with powerful verses musically that hit like a hammer and break through when the chorus comes. This type of song writing is when Messenger is at their peak. Undoubtedly these tracks would go down a storm in a live setting.

However not to be overlooked the slow and moody Paradise finds it place just fine. With its tight songwriting and straight to the point arranging, it highlights a stellar guitar solo from Vlad Gurin. This works and the whole package is offered in a rather melancholic atmosphere. The vocal work of Frank Herring is solid and the bass playing of Roy Richardson rounds out the bottom end.

Power, Rulemaker are just a notch or two below the other songs, catchy none the less. The only song that left me completely flat is Come Home, which suffers from an overly simplistic chorus which is too repetitious.

Lyrically, this album harkens back to the day of early Resurrection Band, Daniel Band or Jerusalem as they present the Gospel and tackle various church issues. The only track that left me flat lyrically was Christian Rocker, just the title should tell you enough. It falls in that ‘Rock for The Rock’ category.

Clocking in at a smidget over 30 minutes long the whole thing is done before you get a chance to get comfortable. Yet that is one of the charms of this album, it hits hard and quick, closing with the aforementioned The Risen Christ, and it delivers the goods.

This is an independent release but don’t think it is substandard, it’s not by any stretch. The production is quality, slight mastering issues aside but nothing that detracts at all.

Messenger’s album You Choose is full tilt 80’s heavy metal in the vain of Dio or Sacred Warrior. The emphasis is on songs and strong melodies with powerful guitar. It’ll be interesting to see how Messenger grow from this release as they’ve been around for several years. You Choose has been more than a pleasant surprise it has become a driving companion.

7 axes (out of ten)

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  Pendragon Music Blog by Jeff McCormack

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 Messenger returns with this live release for 2010, recorded during a benefit concert for Corinne's Kitchen at Arlington Assembly Auditorium. This release is available on CD as well as DVD and, believe it or not, (soon) Blu-ray. The band seems to be appearing everywhere, and in the short time since hitting the music scene, seem to be accomplishing quite a bit. I had the privilege of reviewing their first release I'm Talking to You in a past issue of the Heaven's Metal fanzine, so before going further with the review of this new live release, I'd like to go back and cover their initial 2008 release for those of you not familiar yet with this hard rock outfit.

(See Previous Jeff McCormack Review)

For a live album, it has excellent sound quality. A lot of independent live releases sound like glorified bootleg recordings, but not On Delivery (Live), it almost at times sounds like a studio release. Each instrument is heard with clarity and great separation, which is rare on many live albums. As expected, in a live setting many of the songs appear in extended rocking formats from the studio release, so this is not like simply listening to the studio album with an audience track; plus there are tracks here that were not present on the studio release (Fear No Evil, Let My people Go, The Risen Christ, Rulemaker), making it that much of a better package.

So, grab it, sit back, and let it melt your face off with that classic rock/metal feel. The album opener is Chained, which makes sense - I thought it felt like a good single so why not a great show opener to get the people pumping and singing along. Let's focus on the songs not included on the studio album:

Fear No Evil is an upbeat, powerful metallic rocker speaking of living this life with no fear of evil, knowing that the Lord is with us and in control. Let My people Go starts off with the acoustic ballad feel, but eventually kicks it up a notch with a great sing-a-long feel. A real stand-out live track to get the crowd singing along - which they do. The Risen Christ starts with a opening keys sequence that feels like it may take a spacey mellow approach, but nope - it kicks right in with a mid-tempo crunch that tells the story of the crucifixion. A Bible story set to music, it is yet another great standout song of praise for the work of Christ, I can almost picture this as a scene in a rock opera, similar to the track Crucify by Bloodgood. Then there is Rulemaker which starts up high energy, then drops down into the pocket for a straight-forward hard rocker with a nice shredding guitar solo.

I am not sure if these four songs are older tracks that did not make it to the first album, or newer songs written since then, but I hope to hear some studio versions of these, they really compliment the band's style. The total track listing for On Delivery (Live) is as follows:

Chained
Fear No Evil
Wallowing in the Mire
Let's My People Go
Bright and Morning Star
The Risen Christ
Rulemaker
The Rapture (Extended)
So Good (Extended)
Don't Shoot the Messenger
King of King's (Extended)

I am looking forward to eventually grabbing a copy of this on DVD to experience it visually. These guys rock, and they sound like they are enjoying every note; I just hope to one day see them in person (which shouldn't be too hard since they are located only a few hours from me). I encourage you, if you like hard and heavy classic rock, this band shines in the genre. 

 

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Messenger: On Delivery (Live)

   Plug into 45 minutes of a live concert done very well. This is one excellent live recording; vocals have never been more coherent and the Godly MESSAGE never more blatant. Great crowd interaction too. Wish I was there for the show! BONUS-This sophomore album introduces 4 new songs also done live. Very good classic hard rock throughout. Much like their debut, they just don't make 'em like this anymore.

   The vocalist is not a ringer for David Byron era Uriah Heep (nor does he try to be) but he definitely reminds me of early Heep.

   Here's a MESSAGE for MESSENGER; please keep up the great work of blessing us with more great music with a MESSAGE.

 

Tartarean Desire - Matthew Kirschner

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Lusty and uptempo stuff that splits the difference between ‘80s-style metal and ‘80s style hard rock with occasional and ill-advised forays into glam-oriented fluff, dopey blues-rock and post-grunge mainstream rock drivel, Messenger’s I'm Talking to You provides a nice overall diversion for the bulk of its twelve song playlist. At its best, this thing conjures true metal magic on “King of Kings,” “Special Delivery” and the careening-for-2:38 “Roar,” replete with stirring riffs, guitar-and-keyboard interplay perfect for any Riot or Manowar fan. At its worst, you have an all-thumbs opener like “Hell Is No Party,” which sounds like an invitation to the dullest L.A. glam orgy in history, or a clunky power ballad such as “Forbidden Love,” which sounds like something Tesla half-wrote and palmed off to Daughtry, which was then reduced to simpering, over-enunciated earnestness. One just wants to wrench frontman Frank Clifton Herring loose from his concessions to modern rock formula and tell him to belt out clarion screams like you know he wants to! Still, this thing hits for better than 0.500, with a good six or seven tracks out of twelve doing what they need to when they need to do it. Alas, this one also comes with a caveat emptor: if Christian lyrics be not your thing (and they ain’t mine), this one will grate you to the point of screaming. There’s something to be said for nuance and implication, and then there’s the sort of imploring and proselytizing such as on display here that makes you feel as though the music is actually secondary to the message. Given the band’s moniker, I’ve got no one to blame but my ol’ lonesome.

written by Matthew Kirshner

 

Heaven's Metal Magazine - Jeff McCormack

Messenger: I'm Talking To You

  This will be basically a greatly expanded copy of my Heaven's Metal review.

One word comes to mind when listening to this disc…old school. Everything about this release screams late 70’s to early 80’s Christian rock/metal…and I mean that in a good way. I have been listening to Christian rock since the early 80's, in a time when metal bands like Stryper, Barren Cross, Deliverance, Guardian and all of the amazing melodic metal bands had not quite ripped open the scene to the more metal styles that came along. While these bands are accredited with busting the doors open in Christian rock/metal, they were preceded by many, many great heavy rocking bands of the late 70's and early 80's.

I remember back in the day, almost any band appearing on Tunesmith records was probably going to be a great listen, and we saw the start of hard rocking bands like Banabas, Servant and the Hank Laake Band on that one label alone. Messenger reminds me a lot of those type of releases as well as the classic hard rock/metal sound reminiscent of the heavy guitar power of early Rez, Daniel Band, Darrell Mansfield and other such bands of that era, but with a little added dose of metal punch.Their lyrics are very up-front, in-your-face and unashamedly evangelical. Production is superb for a self-produced independent release, with just enough roughness to keep it feeling warm. Songs include:

Hell is No party
With it's gritty and heavy guitar opening riff, leading into a wailing onslaught, the album opens with great anthem rocker. "Hell is no party, hell is no fun, you face the maker in a crowd of one, hell is no party" is a sing along warning to all.

King of Kings
Kicking in with thundering drums, and screaming lead guitar shredding, you feel the power immediately, but then the song quickly shifts gears and plows forward in one of my favorite tracks here, lyrically and musically.

Bright and Morning Star
Following up the glorious praise worthy lyrics of the preceding song, this track starts acoustically, giving you a more emotional praise feel before the guitars crashing making this an even more powerful rock ballad singing the praise and giving glory to the name of Jesus.

Don't Shoot the Messenger
A mid-tempo crunchy attack that sums up the band's name and message with a distorted guitar foundation, sweet leads and a melodic feel throughout.

Special Delivery
Changing gears a bit, and kicking up the pace with a bit more metal power, this track is a all out instrumental track letting the band shine with powerful riff after riff, leads and an overall thunderous rock feel.

Forbidden Love
The piano intro sets you up for a sweet ballad showing the band's lighter side. The vocals pour forth the heart-felt lyrics, and the guitar does come in eventually to pump up the power part way through before ending on a high note with an increase of pace and blazing guitar leads closing it all out.

Wallowing in the Mire
Back to the grind, this heavy driving song bring the album back up to pace with a song dealing with a person who is content in their sin, hiding it from others and themselves.

The Rapture
Another mid-tempo rocker that chops in and out with guitar licks, before picking up the pace near the end.Heavy and distinctive bass tones appear throughout.

Roar
Probably the heaviest feeling song, due mainly to the faster tempo, this song reminds me some of the late 70's Judas Priest feel (minus the Halford screeching vocals of course).

Chained
I could see this being a single from the album, with its anthem sing-a-long chanting chorus. Tasty leads and mid-section adds even more to this driving track.

America, Why?
Slow the pace down to a touching acoustic rock driven song dealing with the plague of abortion in America. This tune is not so much a ballad as it is an emotionally-laced laid back rocker crying out for the children.

So Good
The one and only really heavy blues rocker on the album, this is for all fans of the laid back blues feel of Darrell Mansfield and the like. Guitars shine and shred as expected, and the song  has all of the typical elements you'd expect for this style.

 

Andrew Rockwell - AngelicWarlord.com (Feb 27, 2009) -abbr.-

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   Ever had a musical experience that brought back memories of an era gone by? The kind which you cannot help but say not only have you heard this before but that it is good to hear again? That would be the best way to describe my listening experience with Messenger and its independently released 2008 full length debut I’m Talking To You. Hailing from the Nation’s Capitol, Messenger brings a throwback sound that hearkens back to the eighties. Now, by “throwback” I am not necessarily referring to the fluffy hair metal that was prevalent at the time but rather a heavier and more muscular side to the decade. And by that I mean the joining of guitar driven hard rock (similar to Rez Band) and old school heavy metal (not unlike Saint) that characterizes the bands sound.

 

   To understand my point check out the all out metal of “Roar”, driving hard rocker “Hell Is No Party”, palatial “King Of Kings”, groove flavored “Chained”, and no-nonsense “Walking In The Mire”, five energetic pieces in which Messenger puts its accomplished songwriting skills on full display. A more mid-paced (but equally notable) direction is taken on the heavy duty “Don’t Shoot The Messenger” and ominous “Rapture” while “Bright And Morning Star” and “Forbidden Love” head in quality ballad territory. Rounding things out is the instrumental “Special Delivery”. One of the standout qualities to Messenger is its triple guitar team of Frank Clifton Herring, Vladimir Gurin and Joe Fulford. To say that the three lay some tight as they get riffs and melodies would be an understatement. Specifically, Herring handles rhythm guitar duties and Gurin and Fulford lead guitar. Gurin best exhibits his abilities on “Roar” and “Chained” while “Hell Is No Party” and “Bright And Morning Star” allow Fulford to shine. “King Of Kings” and “Don’t Shoot The Messenger” find the two trading off. Bassist Elliott Powell also deserves mention for the manner in which he helps anchor the low end. I enjoy how his bass stands out in the mix on “Rapture” and “Chained”, a particular testament to the albums clean production values. Frank Clifton Herring also handles lead vocal duties. The best way to describe his vocal approach would be mid-ranged (almost low-key) but with rich and warm flavorings. While I would hesitate to make a direct comparison, his delivery hints at Paul Aviles (Chariot) and Thomas Wilson (Unforsaken & Incarnate).

 

   Keeping in mind there is no such thing as a perfect album, I would like to offer some constructive commentary: First, there are a couple of filler tracks, “America, Why?” and “So Good”, at the albums end. At this point it must be reinforced that I’m Talking To You brings near perfect continuity over its first ten tracks. That continuity, however, is interrupted by the two. The best advice I might offer any band would be to give your audience your ten best songs; it is not necessary to record your entire back catalog. Second, packaging is lacking somewhat. While the cover artwork is well done and complements the music here, no lyrics are included. Keeping in mind space limitations and costs involved, if it is not possible to include lyrics then the least an artist can do is post them at their website or MySpace profile. Speaking of lyrics, Messenger proves an aptly named band in that the prose here is straightforward and forthright as it gets. The band pulls no punches in presenting its faith and bold and upfront “message”. A lot of people are going to be reached by the project.

 

 Track Listing: “Hell Is No Party” (3:34), “King Of Kings” (4:17), “Bright And Morning Star” (3:25), “Don’t Shoot The Messenger” (4:41), “Special Delivery” (5:01), “Forbidden Love” (4:31), “Wallowing In The Mire” (3:46), “The Rapture” (3:13), “Roar” (2:38), “Chained” (3:13), “America, Why?” (3:41), “So Good” (2:58) Musicians Frank Clifton Herring – Lead Vocals, Keyboards & Guitars Vladimir Gurin – Guitars Joe Fulford – Guitars Elliott Powell – Bass Tim Tieff - Drums

 

Rowe Productions/August 2009 - Steve Rowe

Messenger

   "... just this past month I have discovered a killer Jesus Metal Band called Messenger.
   ... please check Messenger out at www.messengermetal.com. You will hear their songs streaming and have the opportunity to buy their CD from CD Baby. You will hear that Messenger are killer and the message is very evangelistic. It is bands like this that we as True Christian Metal fans need to support into the future. "

Blabber Jesus Network - oldschooldoom

Messenger: I'm Talking To You

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The first thing that hits me when I took this out for a spin was the great mixing. The vocals are out-front with UP-front lyrics.

Album artwork conjures up thoughts of greats from the past.

This classic metal could also have been from 20 years in the past.

*Five*stars*from*me*


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