Lyrics to the NEW RELEASE!!!

Since the album is now officially on the table as a FREE DOWNLOAD on bandcamp, I thought I would post the lyrics here for those of you that care to give them a look see. The lyrics were a collaborative effort between me and the vocalist, Russell.

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Track 1: Always Been About Us All
I was the one who spit in his face. Gave him the sinner’s place.
I was the one who put him on the cross. I was the one drenched in the law.
I was the one who put him on a tree. I was the one at fault. But it was never about me.
I was the one he taught the way. I was the one he came to save. It was never about me.
I was the one he told to die. I was the one he brought new life.
Track 2: Blood Stricken Hands
Jesus Christ, slain from foundation. We are here Lord, waiting translation. By His great glory, we rejoice. Pray you hear His voice. Prove all things. Hold to which is good. Blessed are the undefiled. Walk in the law. His testament. His glory. I shall not die, but live. The God of the living. The resurrection.
He who justifies the wicked and condemns the just, will taste the wrath reserved for the harlot of lust.
By the grace of God’s son with blood stricken hands, the sacrifice was made. And my debt has been paid. And sealed by the blood of the Lamb. It is because of Him, we stand.
By His glory, we rejoice. Pray you can hear his voice.
Track 3: We Wept for Zion
Manifest in me, oh God a light unto this dying earth. Let me show them what you’re worth. If I honor myself, I honor nothing. I lift my hands unto the second coming. The firmament shows thy handiwork.
Creator of all earth and sky, and day and night. Cherubim and Seraphim were made to worship Him.
The rivers of Babylon. We sat down. We wept for Zion.
I cry, make haste. The glory of the kingdom, a high tower. Fortress so brilliant, it blossoms like a flower. Kill the deceiver. Rebuke the accuser. The bottomless pit will be his future.
Hallelujah. We praise you. You are King. My Lord, my God.
Descendants of Abraham, cry out the call.
Track 4: Rage and Regret
Careful, a man is held by injustice. Unravel his cords and all you see it wickedness. Count elections bought by the rich and I see no freedom. Only debt. Fear looks upon the weak. It’s so deprecating. I look for life. But I’m suffocating.
My destiny is eternity. Your sanctity changes everything. And it’s taking over me.
Tears of rage and regret fill my eyes. But, never once did defeat enter my mind.
Never. My destiny is eternity.
Track 5: Feast Upon the Grey
Who am I to say the stars that guide the day were made to burn this way? What am I to do? I just need to trust in you. Why do I still try to run away and hide?
Bring me home to where You are.
These bones have all but died. His fury will feast upon the grey.
Bury your idols in the flame. Carry your trials to the grave.
Track 6: Melchizedek, King of Salem
Restoration. My heart’s meditation, remove all of modification. 24 elders, 10,000 crowns. 144,000 will be found. Sing a new song.
7 bowls of wrath as the dragon makes its final grasp. A house divided cannot stand. Lead us into the promised land. Blow the trumpet until it falls. Every stone in that crumbling wall. Beguiled by the serpent. Trodden by feet. The vail was torn and through the glass we can see darkly.
Melchizedek, king of Peace.
Track 7: Onward We March
No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper. And every tongue that accuses you, in judgment You will condemn. Mountains shall fall among the trees. Stones will cry out Your praise.
Onward we march. Light unto the dark. Bringing peace and salvation.
Fear not those who can kill flesh. Their only reward is death. My God has my soul to keep. The willing and gnashing of teeth. He comes in the night like a thief. Don’t hold your breath. The wage of sin is death. Let not your heart be filled with filth.
The gift of God through Christ is eternal life. Go therefore and live.
Track 8: Last Rights
End of the earth will pay Glory to the one true God. Jesus Christ and his fiery rod. Blessed by His blood, redeemed by His grace. I long to see Your face. Raise the dead. Jesus Christ, the King of second chances. Know what your stance is. Time is running short to stand before the court. The Judge of all kings. The Judge who knows all things.
Find repentance before your final sentence.
Burned at the stake or hung to die. Spread the light. Fight the fight. A martyr’s last right. Open your eyes.
Track 9: Death Man in my Path
When He whispers the changes that bind nations shall fall. When He speaks every wave in the ocean shall halt. When He breaths every demon in hell will tremble. When he breaths every mountain will crumble.
Under his feet, vengeance He will bring. Because above Him there is nothing. At the cross my flaws I shall bury. Because, under His grace I escape His fury.
I will sing a song of hope. I will walk this narrow road.
Shadowed by the mountain of His might, I will drink from the fountain of light. No longer will I starve and parish. For that new life he will feed and cherish. Moving on, I leave a dead my man in my path.
I am free. I am free from wrath.
Oh, but when He loves it melts my heart of stone. Oh, but when He heals I find life in Him alone. When He died my heart was filled with sorrow. Because He lives I can face tomorrow.
He lives.
Track 10: Fragments of War
As long as there is breath in my longs, there is still a war to be won.
Stagnant blood in my heart is but a fragment that pulls us apart. The words of my empty love build the message that You’re not enough.
No more second thoughts. No more hesitation. I pray you cleans me from desecration. Take my flaws. Take my gold. Take everything. Bring me joy. Bring me peace. Give me more than survival.
I want revival.

Stepping down From Raven Faith Records

downloadAs of today, A Martyr’s Oath and Raven Faith Records has decided that it would be best for AMO to step down as a featured artist with their label. It was a lot of fun working with Kelly over at RFR. We are still on fantastic terms and the decision was a mutual agreement. There is even talk of me still doing graphic design for them here and there in the future when needed to help some of the more DIY artists on the label.

Although this change has occurred, the EP, Ignorance is Woe, can still be found for free on Bandcamp.

The issues of an all or nothing mindset

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I am an all or nothing kind of guy when it comes to enjoying the things that inspire me to action. In many ways this is awesome, because, once I get going on an idea there are very few times when I find it hard to not attain at least a little bit of success in my pursuits. Just to give a few minor examples would be to point out some of the things that I have goofed off with in the last few, more recent years.

I operated an Etsy store designing and selling embroidery and screen print patches. I chased this venture for nearly two years, I think. Within that short time the store exploded with sales exceeding an average of 10 to 12 sales per day. I don’t remember exactly, but when I decided to step away from it, deleting the store, I think it had something like 10,000+ five star reviews. That’s pretty good for just being a hobby.

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Before that, obviously… if you have read my bio, there was my music career in the mid-2000’s which went full time for 6 years nationally. It got to that level not because of skill or talent, but because of the “all or nothing” mentality that seems to burn within me.

Then there was the very short stent were I decided to start a podcast about the growing Cosmology Debates on social media and, especially Youtube. I didn’t expect it to grow very quickly, but… by marketing it to the right crowd it somehow managed to gain 100+ subscribers and over 150 listeners per episode before I deleted the podcast. This number may not seem like a lot, but the podcast was only live for a few months and I think I only did something like 5 or 6 episodes.

There was also the time I became an author, publishing a dozen or so books, some full length novels and other short novellas with various publishing companies. That pursuit grew very fast and was likely one of the ventures I spent the most time and effort on outside of touring. I managed to lock a contract with my favorite publisher at the time and even had my all-time favorite author of the time review one of my books. But, alas, I trashed that venture also, giving all of my published titles to a close friend who did most of the post editing for my work prior to publication.

And now, I have started up a home studio to record and publish music as a studio artist. And within the first 6 months of owning the studio gear I managed to release a three song EP with a record label out of Iowa.

So, here’s the thing… if I don’t have to try so hard to move forward successfully on something, why have I quit time and time again to do all of these things if they were being successful? And, if I am likely to quit something after it becomes bigger than my goals intended for them to be, why start something new to begin with?

Honestly, I feel like stepping away from each past pursuit is justified in its own right due to personal reasons (tour, being an author, the patches, the podcast, etc…).

But, this blog post isn’t about me justifying via excuse my reasons for quitting while being so called “ahead” of my goal expectations for each project.

This rant is more about being the type of person with the “all or nothing” mindset trying to cope with downtime in life. We all have seasons where things are busy and we are moving forward with goals. For some it might be building a career or creating a family. For others it might be launching and maintaining a podcast, youtube channel, or writing a book.

Right now, I find myself in this so called downtime phase in life where things are moving at a specific pace outside of my control. I am in my mid-30’s, leaning toward 40 and somehow, in some way, life has managed to make an adult out of me without my being aware. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just looking back, somehow it feels like it happened out of nowhere. I’m at a transition stage in life where I am not committed to any one creativity based project which frees me up to do anything. The possibilities are endless. While at the same time, the life transition of moving and starting a new job is keeping me from committing to anything as well.

So, if it’s all or nothing… right now, my mindset is leaving me in the nothing phase. I have literally had the last week and a half off from work, and yet I haven’t seized the opportunity by utilizing that time for creativity. I’ve just been stooping.

That is the conundrum of an all or nothing mindset. When you have set yourself to doing something, you get it done. But, when life forces you to slow down, a person with the “all or nothing” view, tends to just sit stagnant under those circumstances (now, I could be wrong. Which is why I am just speaking for myself here).

And thus, here I am feeling stagnant.

This isn’t to suggest that I am unhappy. That is far from true. I have just been doing a lot of internalizing lately and I have concluded two facts. One, I love the pursuit of pursuit itself. And two, I am entirely burnt out on the internet and the mass consumption of entertainment provided by mainstream society. It is corrupting our humanity to the core and creating distance, not only between varying cultures in local communities, but also within individual households as well.

This creates a problem… because, every venture that I have been successful with has been due to the fact that I am good at “online social networking”. I wouldn’t have become a full time touring singer-song writer without Myspace. I wouldn’t have become a successful author without Facebook. I wouldn’t have had a successful Etsy store without Instagram. The podcast wouldn’t have been successful had it not piggybacked off of my previous successes along with Youtube. And even now, my latest EP Ignorance is Woe got picked up by a record label because I operate a website, which in its own right is an online social media platform.

I am absolutely tired of the internet, but it is the internet that has allowed me the luxury of being semi-successful at my creative pursuits.

Couple this together with the stagnant position I am currently in due to a life transition taking place… and with being someone that is the “all or nothing” type in regard to pursuit, a slow season can tend to make you a little twitchy (for lack of a better term).

Obviously, once my family is moved and done with the relocation process, I will still continue to write and produce music in my home studio. But, I don’t know that the music venture will be my primary platform of creativity driven focus. Since I am in this stagnation stage, my prayer is that God will speak to me and show me what I should be doing rather than the usual… me just listening to my gut and doing what I want to be doing.

God has a purpose for my life. And right now, outside of providing for my family, I don’t know what that purpose is.

This is the issue of an “all or nothing” mindset.

We tend to not like the question; what next? And besides, as a Christian I know the primary focus with creativity should be to spread the gospel. But, as I look at the world, too many Christians have switched to strictly “online evangelism” (I can witness to you so long as I don’t have to interact with you). Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great tool and a great platform that I myself have benefited from as the listener.

However, this isn’t good. And I want to do something for Christ. But, how can I do that without settling into the internet as my outlet like so many other Christians have begun to do? There has got to be more to life than this.

And yet, that still leaves me with this… what next?

Crazy how quickly time moves forward

Good morning internet world.

I don’t know about all of you, but I have a lot going on in life right now. Buying a house… selling a house… building a family and raising a 5 year old… etc. The other day my son and I for some reason were talking about an old dog that I used to have named Captain that lived on the road with me while touring State to State. So, I pulled up some old photos from my tour days to show him the dog. With that, I began reminiscing about the different things I found myself getting into while living the tour life. Here are some of the old photos that I managed to find from back then.

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We really are only here for a moment. Make the best of your moment. My prayer is that I raise my family right in the sight of God while reaching out to lost sinners for Christ’s sake the best I can before now and the end.

Because, it’s going to be here before you know it.

One way to make the best of it would be to check out these old songs from back then. You can download them for free on my Bandcamp Page.

Turns out I created a New Music Genre

Brandon over at Victims and Villains (an indie music review established in 2016) reviewed my new three song EP release, Ignorance is Woe. And what he had so say was an encouragement to say the least.

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I’ve gotten some good reviews in my life, but this one is definitely in the top 10 for sure. It turns out, according to Brandon, that I have created my very own genre.

A Martyrs Oath released their newest EP title “Ignorance Is War” on March 1st of this year. Pat, the man behind it all did something very different here combining instrumental progressive metal-core with clips from a sermon by Dr. Kent Hovind. And therefore putting together Sermon Jams… or what I’m going to call, Sermon-Core. The clips he used were from Dr. Hovind’s first lecture in his Creation Seminar. 

Let’s just say that I have decided to full on embrace the term.

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For the full review by Brandon, you can check it out by clicking here. I also recommend surfing their site further as well. They are big advocates for suicide help prevention.