CRUSH is an album of 10 80s influenced heavy metal songs that glorify Jesus as Lord and encourage listeners in their faith. If you are a Christian who enjoys the sounds of 80s metal music you will totally dig this album by Pastor Brad!
Pastor Brad Windlan has been rocking Christians up since 2003. His love for 80's metal has been inspiring fellow believers for 15 years. He had grown up in a Christian home, but the pleasures of this world (a.k.a. metal and drugs) overtook his life and he fell deep into depression. But God took his rotten soul and helped him find everlasting life!
Even now as a pastor, Mr. Windlan still has hard days. Life is still life and pressures can bring him down. But he knows that Jesus is still on the throne and that He reigns. Inspired by the love of the Lord, Pastor Brad has blessed us with ten rockin' tracks that reflect on how the love of God helps us conquer the tough parts of life.
The album opens up with the title track, "Crush," with a revving guitar. The drums kick in and soon Pastor Brad's voice bursts in, singing "Oh, I will not give up / You will not give in / Together to the end / We will crush it." In his commentary of the song, Pastor Brad said this song sums up this album so well by saying "Life is tough, but God is good." The song reaffirm's one's commitment to the Lord and admits that only through the power of Christ can we truly "Crush" everything. After the song's only verse and chorus is a guitar solo which proves Pastor Brad is an amazing musician. I am sure by the time he sings the chorus for the last time, your head will be bobbin' to the beat.
There have been a handful of songs that talk about running away from evil, but dont we all just wanna leave earth completely? The next song on the album, "Get Away," reflects the latter sentiment. The verses are pratically spoken word, as Pastor Brad reflects on the fallen hearts of man. "I wanna get away / Far from these evil days / I wanna get away / Far from here" the verses declare. Derek Corzine takes a turn at playing lead guitar in this track and, well, crushes it!
A low sounding guitar starts off the song as this song take a 80s friendly take of metalcore with Pastor Brad's rough vocals. Though he admits that the world is pulling and tearing him apart from every direction and trying to drag his heart together, he knows that the Lord is "Holding Me Together," he sings. Because this song is similar to metalcore songs, it kinda runs by you kinda quickly but also does feel like a bit of a bumpy ride.
After a fast-paced, hardcore-based song, we jump into the blues with "Mean Machine," which refers to the craftiness of the devil. "He'll rob you bind / And he'll rape your heart / But don't worry / Jesus will give you a brand-new start," Pastor Brad says in the chorus. But it may be a shock when you realize that there is no second verse. But to make up for it, Mario Barisic nails a mean guitar solo.
"Mighty Fortress" is inspired by Martin Luther's hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." The songs starts out with a lament how evil the world is, but how we can find truth in the Word of God. The pre-chorus is inspired by the classic hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy," and the chorus rejoices that Jesus is always with us and is a "mighty, mighty fortress." This is definable a great rocker, and with the familiarity of the classic hymns, this makes this song stand out from the other songs from the album.
In "Your Love," you can definitely hear those classic 80's metal influences in this song. Everything from the verses and the cowbell to the chorus and the double kick drum to the song's guitar solo. In this song, Pastor Brad celebrates the love of the Lord as he is "pressin,'" "restin,'" "confessin,'" and "professin' my thanks for Your love, oh yeah!"
"My Jesus" is a celebration of who Jesus is, with Pastor Brad singing that "My Jesus is the King of kings / My Jesus is the Lord of lords / My Jesus is the everlasting God." The verses reflect how Jesus has continued to pursue Mr. Brad and how he couldn't resist His love. The pounding drums and the rockin' guitars add to the joy of this celebration! The video ends with Dr. S.M. Lockridge, filled with the Spirit, finishing off the song with the ending of the Lord's Prayer: "forever, and forever, and forever, and when you get through the 'forever's, then amen!"
The song starts with roaring guitars, then quiets down for the chorus. "Rip Tide" celebrates the tug of the love of the Lord. Honestly, the chorus doesn't reach its full potential, but it is relatively catchy!! Pounding drums definitely gives this song the amazing metal feel.
Here comes a banger! "I'm In You" is another celebratory track of abiding in the Lord and in His love. This song has a banger chorus and you can hear how much those old bands have influenced Pastor Brad. While lyrically this song is simple, Pastor Brad trades lead with Art Caveretta and we get an amazing solo duel.
The album closes with "Coming Home." This is the closest we get to a ballad on this album as Pastor Brad reflects and thinks about his life and past, as he has moved around quite few times during his life. But he looks ahead and forward to when he will be at home in Heaven. The song does get relatively heavy for a ballad, but it is a great album closer.
Pastor Brad's love for the Lord is so evident in this album that you can't help but be blessed by the praises Pastor Brad sings to the Lord, even though these songs are not worship songs per se. I just love Pastor Brad's passion for the Lord!
But some listeners may get a little tired of repeated themes that occur throughout the album. I will have to say that I do agree with that. I sometimes do have a little bit of a hard time figuring out the overall theme of a particular song because even a song does touch on a lot of topics.
In terms of music work, Pastor Brad is an amazing guitarist. I love listening to him rock on those strings! And except for "Run Away" and "Mean Machine," he programmed the drums in the songs. For the most part, it is very well done and sounds pretty awesome. There are some times where your brain says, "Wait a minute, this doesn't sound right," but for the most part, it doesn't affect the song.
"Crush" is a fun, classic metal album that glorifies the Lord in each and every single song. While the lyrics and production may not be stellar, Pastor Brad's heart shines like gold. And I believe that's what truly matters.
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