Monday, May 20, 2013

Review of 'VOLCANO+THE SEA' by Free Dominguez

Free Dominguez is no new name around these parts. Some may know her from her work with Kidneythieves, the industrial rock band to which she has lent her voice for more than a decade. As 2012's (.Unearth.) demonstrated though, Dominguez is also a superbly competent soloist, a truth further emphasized by the album's follow-up, the newly released VOLCANO+THE SEA.

A rousing testament to the efficacy of Kickstarter and other crowd-sourcing platforms, Free Dominguez's third album greets the listener with a clarity and sophistication rather uncommon among the subgenre of independent, fan-funded music. It is a more complex adventure Dominguez takes us on this time. Where (.Unearth.) was comparatively subdued - a stripped-down and ambience-heavy composition - VOLCANO+THE SEA is a wild and energetic venture that puts the array of Dominguez's inspirations on display. It is still entrancingly atmospheric, but there is much more muscle veining the ghost this time around.

Click the link for more on this new album.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Eternity, to Live or Die

"'Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him,'" (John 3:36).

In unrepentance, we willfully consign ourselves to a God-less eternity...but do you really know all you are reserving for yourself? Why invite Hell when Heaven is an option? Be freed of these deceptions that have you hastening toward Hell with a smile on your face and a veil over your eyes. If God is not in your envisioned afterlife, what joy do you imagine you are saving for yourself? God is the essence of goodness - all that we cherish and enjoy, the very ability to enjoy, joy itself, comes from Him. You reject God now in life, you certainly won't have Him in eternity. You forgo everything good, and for what? A maintained delusion lasting, at most, 80 years? 70 years without a conscience before God's conviction comes demanding you pay for your lifetime's tab? The tab that Christ already paid, but you refused?

Do not believe the pandering lie propagated by a world eager to please and deceive. The hard truth: there is no karmic afterlife...there is no God-less, eternal serenity. There is either eternity with God in Heaven, or eternity apart from God in Hell. Those are the only two options, and your choices made here in your life this very day will indicate your destination.

Please, do not throw yourself into that perpetual severance. You are loved and desired by God, and by me as well. I want to see you in Heaven, when the passage of death turns me over to eternal life and the Kingdom of God. More so, though, whether you acknowledge it or want you there. You may not call it Heaven, but the tranquility you internally yearn for and frame your ideal afterlife's Heaven, the perfect unity with the God who made you and shaped you. You want it just as much as I do. Please, align yourself with Christ and take hold of the afterlife He is offering you. There is no other. We either live with God, or we die without Him. What will you choose?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Review of 'Ballet the Boxer 1' by Ours

It's been five years but it is finally here, the new album from that absurdly underrated band that has spent more than two decades lurking in the basement of alternative rock music. Of course, I refer to Ours. Fans have been patiently waiting for Ours to return to the studio since 2008's Mercy: Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy, and, after a successful pledge campaign that garnered the band about a third more than they requested, Ours' fourth album (fifth if you count Sour) has been unleashed, and it is glorious.

Read why at the link.

Friday, May 3, 2013

What the Westboro Baptist Church Fails to Understand

The Westboro Baptist Church has taken it upon themselves to once again proclaim God as a revelrous tyrant with an insatiable bloodlust, hoisting their picket signs over yesterday's death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

There is something the WBC is failing to take into account, an essential part of God's nature and scripture that they are willingly ignorant of. Look no further than the following two excerpts that make obvious what the entire Bible, read contextually, testifies to.

"He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance," (2 Peter 3:9).

"Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die?'"(Ezekiel 33:11).

These verses stand to defy the WBC's ongoing tirade of misrepresentation and hatred. Just because something is someone's right, that does not make it a pleasurable one. God is the Almighty and supreme Judge and thus, can and does bring all humanity into judgment. Where in these verses (or elsewhere) would one infer God enjoys doing so? God does not enjoy human death, no more than one would enjoy sentencing their own reprobate son to the only fate left him after a lifetime of spurned council. All of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The worst "sinners" among us are no less children of God than the most righteous...and the death of a child will never, NEVER be a joy to its father.

Remember this the next time you encounter one of the Westboro Baptist Church's hate-campaigns.