Creative Christian Moments
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Blog Article 17: Review of Foreverlin and their album Long Lost
How would I describe the music of Foreverlin with two words? Divine perfection. I first stumbled upon this band through browsing some Christian heavy metal music videos on YouTube. I instantly fell in love with their song “Long Lost” and sought out their Facebook page to see if I could learn more about their impassioned calling. I was able to connect with Caleb Blomberg through a series of emails and we got to know one another.
This Christian rock band’s members hail from Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, and is comprised of four band members brining unique, distinct, and eclectic talents to the band that drives their divine musical performance. Peter Blomberg plays guitar and sings; Caleb Blomberg provides guitar, keyboard, and vocals; Anthony Riedl plays bass and support vocals; while Burke Florom plays drums and support vocals.
When I first heard their music I thought they were just another indie band from Seattle, WA, but I was entirely wrong. Foreverlin is an example of how God is raising up musicians from unknown places because they possess the sole desire to glorify the Gospel message with their music. Their music is filled with melodic guitar and bass ballads, enchanting vocals that haunt the soul with logos words of the Lord, and while all kept in pace by the thunderous percussions of their drummer. Each instrumental note is meticulously woven in between the different instruments and vocals leaving one wondering how such perfection could be humanly possible.
Foreverlin joins a rare but ever growing phenomenon in the Christian music industry of anointed artists. Unlike, the commercialized Christian musicians of the past, these artist pour ever fiber of their being into glorifying Christ through their music in bold, upfront, and direct lyrics. Their music is refreshing, meaningful, and resonates the same power of the Holy Spirit felt across other anointed Christian genres of worship, rap, country, rock, and heavy metal. Many of the songs brought me to tears through their passionate, raw, and transparent lyrics that confront the deep subconscious questions one hides within their heart with songs such as “Long Lost”, “They Shall Run and Not Be Weary” , and “When My Voice Lost All Words.”
When I first heard “Long Lost” I felt myself thinking “wow!” Many songs on their album, Long Lost were just a taste of the musical manna God was freely dispersing to the listener. “Long Lost” describes the search each of us has in discovering God. Foreverlin speaks about the fallacies of human wisdom and what a simple glimpse of God does to the yearning in our souls. “To see Your love, Your holy love, my God.” Sometimes we just need to see and experience the love of God like the woman at the well in John Ch. 4 and as a result the whole village came out to see Jesus Christ. “Sometimes the best way to end is to find out where to begin.” Like Blomberg writes, maybe you are that person seeking and I write to tell you Christianity is the answer.
“They Shall Run and Not Be Weary” is a captivating instrumental anthem of what a worship song is when musicians are allowed to freely use their talents to worship God. The song begins with a beautiful intro of keys from Caleb Blomberg with electric guitars in the background. The song progresses as the Peter and Caleb Blomberg, Riedl, and Florom are free to sing to God through their instruments. A beautiful violin can be heard that whispers to the broken that everything will be alright because God is here to comfort them. As I reflected on this song I personally lamented at the loss at freedom of worship absent in many churches across the United States of America. In the past, such musical genius is considered showoff in more of the rigid Christian denominations but what these groups blatantly fail to understand is this is how musicians worship. Where we would sing songs of various octaves, Caleb and Peter Blomberg, Riedl, and Florom express their songs through their free ability to just play. “They Shall Run and Not Be Weary” reminds the listener that sometimes to just let the music be our worship and allow our hearts to sing new songs to the Lord from like the choruses of Christians and angels depicted in many passages in Revelations.
“When My Voice Lost All Words” is enough to summarize the musical experience this song exhibits. How could my penmanship (or typing I should say) even begin to describe this song? Words are not enough. I could write about how the instruments build towards a astronomical apex or the militaristic sounds of the crash and snare beats that remind the Christian to be humbly proud of the accomplishments of Jesus Christ. “When My Voice Lost All Words” is a wonderful worship song that brings the listener to their knees in a divine encounter with the Lord. But it is not enough for me to write about it; you just have to experience the music of Foreverlin for yourself so listen to some more of their music on ReverbNation.
I expected this kind of music from the south of maybe the west coast, but Wyoming? As I dwelt on their music, I felt the Holy Spirit lead me to John 1:43-50 in which Nathaniel asks what good can come from Nazareth in referencing the coming of the Messiah. What Nathaniel discovers is the Messiah has come and His name is Jesus Christ. I feel this Scripture parallels my experience with Foreverlin’s music and as the readers of the Book of John know, from this point onwards Jesus Christ performed many miraculous signs. This is just the beginning for Foreverlin and I look forward to the ways God will use them to spread the Gospel message of the salvation, hope, and love found in Jesus Christ.
You may be asking yourself, what can I do to support them? You can always support Foreverlin through prayer, purchasing their music, following them on social media, and connecting with them on LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. In their own words from Facebook “comment and message us so we can become friends” (Foreverlin, 2014a, 2014). I have felt blessed from the Lord in getting to know them and challenge the rest of my readers to do the same!
Foreverlin Band pages
Official Website: http://www.foreverlin.com/
Foreverlin. “About.” Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/ForeverlinBand (accessed February 25, 2014)
Foreverlin, Foreverlin Band Portrait, 2014. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=445521805538267&set=pb.132751653481952.-2207520000.1393018843.&type=3&theater (accessed February 21, 2014)
Foreverlin, Long Lost, Red Cord Records, 2013, MP3.
Foreverlin – “Long Lost” Official Lyric Video, YouTube, 4:00, posted by Red Cord Records, March 28, 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRxPiITfsn8&feature=c4-overview&list=LLrjfJvCK3VIXeI2n5OVcZMw (accessed February 21, 2014)