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The Church Vessel
The Outcome
Release Date: September 21, 2018
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The Christian music industry is obsessed with worship. Every year, a myriad of worship projects jump head-first into the fray. Studio projects are becoming passÚ while church bands promoting new material live are turning into the norm. Adding their voice to the crowd is The Church Vessel with their sophomore release, The Outcome. Shorter than some live albums usually run, this project centers around themes of liberty brought about by Christ, but is plagued by songs and music that fail to stand out and are hampered by some questionable lyrics.

About half the songs here are good and could work well in multiple contexts. Opener "You Are" is fun, catchy, and infectious. "Home" stretches into more poetic territory, while "My Yes" offers a contemplative prayer of submission to God. "Traded" works as a passionate reflection on what Christ accomplished for us on the cross. "It Is Finished" also does this, but that phrase is overused and may need to be retired for a while...

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Fit for a King
Dark Skies
Release Date: September 14, 2018
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Ever since their breakthrough effort, 2013's Creation/Destruction, Fit for a King has become one of the most consistently exceptional acts in heavy music in recent memory. Their ability to balance crushing breakdowns with technical precision and an ear for melody made them stand out in a genre that has, unfortunately, gotten rather stale. Although Fit for a King has yet to truly shake things up (and I know they can), they've managed to perfect their craft and utilize every ounce of potential the metalcore tag has in hand. Both of their prior records saw them developing various aspects of their sound and this latest record is no exception.

Musically, Dark Skies is the tightest batch of songs the band has penned to date. "Engraved" and "The Price of Agony" opens the record with a showcasing of both...

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7X GRAMMY« Winner TobyMac To Release
The Elements Oct. 12

September 13, 2018 TobyMac’s The Elements will release on Oct. 12 providing the first new collection of music from the chart-topping artist in three years. The Elements marks the 7X GRAMMY® winner’s seventh album following the RIAA Gold Certification of his previous six solo albums.

TobyMac started crafting The Elements on the road, writing songs and bringing producers out on tour to collaborate. "The most important thing to me are the concepts, what am I saying to people," he shared with Billboard. "I've got to be going through some life myself and that's why it takes so long. I have to experience some things, struggle with some things, overcome some things and get in the trenches before I have enough to write about...

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Austin French
Wide Open
Release Date: September 7, 2018
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Sometimes the word "pop" can be treated like a lesser thing amongst us music critics. (As in "that album's okay, but it was a little too pop".) However, it need not be so. A good pop song can be a part of a well-balanced musical diet. (Make sure to sprinkle in some classical music and a pinch of jazz now and again for maximum musical health.)

Case in point: new artist Austin French's debut album, Wide Open. From the rocking opening title track to the sober closer, "Spirit Speak", French pours out his heart against a modern "pop" backdrop of heavy, synthetic beats and distorted vocals. And in doing so, he makes a great case that pop can be both an engaging experience and a more creative genre than it gets credit for...

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Music Out This Week

This Friday, September 21
The Church Vessel The Outcome [DREAM]
Gateway Greater Than [Fair Trade]
Hillsong Kids Can You Believe It? [Hillsong]
Ellie Holcomb Sing: Creation Songs (independent)
Manafest Stones Reloaded (independent)
Andy Mineo II: The Sword EP [Reach]
Stars Go Dim Better EP [Curb/Word]

NEXT Friday, September 28
Elevation Worship Hallelujah Here Below [Elevation Worship]
Gateway Greater Than [Gateway]
Israel Houghton Road To DeMaskUs [RCA]
NEEDTOBREATHE Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions) (Vinyl) [Atlantic]
Ric Sincere Beyond Belief [Trackstarz]


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