Raging Storm Records Signs Metal Band – The Worshiper
Lynchburg, VA – Raging Storm Records is excited to announce The Worshiper as the latest addition to their growing artist roster. The North Carolina based band is putting the finishing touches on their latest single “14:30”, and plans to hit the road in the near future.
Combining influences of past heavy hitters like As I Lay Dying and For Today, with their own powerful breakdowns and sing-along choruses; The Worshiper creates relatable anthems for everyday life. Their faith is forefront in their music as they spread a message of hope and love. Bassist Chris Mersch, shares the bands excitement to be joining the label, stating: “In the short time we’ve been with them we’ve seen nothing but hard work and dedication towards making dreams a reality. Most importantly, we share the same love and passion for reaching people and the music scene with the gospel of Jesus.”
The Worshiper is the third band to sign with the newly re-launched Raging Storm Records and seems to be a great fit for the faith-based label. “The Worshiper is a breath of fresh air to the Christian metal scene. Their heart for God and others, alongside their amazing musical talent, will take them far in the industry,” says Raging Storm Records A&R Rep. Jon Lockett.
This song came from a deeply rooted reality that each of the band members face in different ways. I believe when a human presses into a relationship with the holy Creator of the world, the journey of sanctification and the pursuit of holiness is met with a very heavy and violent battle of the flesh. I believe the awareness and hatred of the flesh directly correlates to one’s nearness to and love for the Father. I think that’s what we were experiencing during the season of writing this song. We have each grown in our spiritual journey immensely this year, and have continued to grasp the seriousness and weight of this battle. The battle may look very different for each Christian… whether it’s fighting the lust in your eyes, facing depression, fear,laziness.. or whatever it may be. Here We Go Again simply portrays the life of a follower of Jesus, and the many monsters we agree to face in this beautiful journey of KNOWING Him. There is a specific line I would like to highlight:
“But oh, there is hope within the fight, this struggle brings one truth to light; a dead man does not fight, he has forsaken life.
What you feed will truly grow, and what you starve will surely die. Resistance won’t survive, it must not survive.”
Simply stated, the reality that we ARE facing this “resistance” should bring hope and joy to our spirits. James encourages us by saying, “Find it pure joy my brothers when facing trials of various kinds.”
The second line in the bridge was inspired by the story of the two dogs that were always fighting each other (one was named spirit, and the other named flesh). The man who owned these dogs was once asked “which one of these dogs wins the fight?” He responded, “the dog I feed the most.”
Run the race, hold onto Hope, and press into Jesus.
Radio stations that play heavy music can now get the latest single “I’m Done” from BoughtXBlood.
After spending time on the road playing with other Christian artists, the band found that there was something lacking in the industry: accountability. So many bands preached about God’s love, but no one said anything about being held accountable for their sins. When they felt the Lord leading them to address the problem, they could not stay quiet.
Inspired by the verse 2 Peter 1:10, which instructs us to make sure our calling and election is sure, and the previous verses that instruct us how to do that by increasing our knowledge and living Godly: the thought provoking, new single “I’m Done” was created.
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It’s time to forget everything that you’ve learned.
How long will this go on?
We say we’re fighting, yet these lies go on and on.
And how much hell must we go through?
We haven’t lost yet, but it’s up to me and you.
Run, run away from the appearance of evil.
Stand, stand on the word of God, and stop looking to men before they fail you.
For far too long I’ve stood silent in the shadows of those who seem greater.
But as I look I see them lead the lost down their own road of failure.
I’m standing boldly now.
Not the weak minded boy you ran over.
It’s not over yet. Cause knowledge is power and power will spread.
You’ve heard the truth and twist it up to make your life seem better.
Admit defeat, repent, believe.
Put off the old man and make everything new.
Well done thy good and faithful servant.
These are the words I want to hear.
I’m tired of all the lies that I keep hearing.
Until I hear Him say well done. I’m done.
I can’t believe that you have made it this far.
Your life reflects everything that you are.
With every chance you get you take it too far.
I’m done with it and everything that you are.
I’m done, done with it
I’m done, done with it
Well done they good and faithful servant.
These are the words I want to hear.
I’m tired of all the lies that I keep hearing.
Until I hear him say well done. I’m done.
This week we had the opportunity to catch up with Raging Storm Records alum Dan Dameron, formerly of Bring Them Low. He filled us in on his current musical endeavors and where he feels the Lord is leading him.
Lisa Wessel: You transitioned from a metal band, signed to RSR, to a worship band. Was that as crazy of a jump as it sounds?
Dan Dameron: It certainly does sound crazy! It was fairly progressive though. Bring Them Low’s flame had turned to a flicker by 2011, playing live shows less frequently, as some of the guys were trying to figure out what their lives would look like after college. As a result, we would play mini-tours and individual shows here and there, but by 2013 that flicker finally went out. However, back in 2011 God had really put a burden on my heart for pastoral ministry, more specifically church planting (starting new churches).
So, during those final years of Bring Them Low I was actually in Bible College being trained for ministry. When 2014 came around an opportunity presented itself for me to partner with Eric Stewart in the planting of ONElife Church in Flint, MI, with Eric being the Lead Pastor and myself Worship Pastor, and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. Serving as a Worship Pastor for the first time really began opening my eyes to a need. As the Worship Pastor, I am responsible for picking out songs for our church to sing, but it’s much more than that; I am responsible for putting theology on the lips of the people of God, for better or for worse. The more I browsed through songs for our church to sing, the more grieved my heart became, as much of the CCM and “Modern Worship” music was extremely shallow, both lyrically and musically. Many of these songs were more man focused than God focused, which is problematic when they’re being used to “praise and worship” God.
I could rant on this all day, but the long story short is that I saw a need, and that need was for me and for our church to write and release songs for the Church to sing in worship that were theologically robust and utterly saturated in scripture, which is our only authority. And so the vision for ONElife Worship was birthed. We’ve been at it a couple years now and really zeroed in on what we’ve set out to do.
LW: I was extremely moved when I first heard your song “Chosen in Christ” from your new record. What was it like writing it?
DD: Thank you for taking the time to listen to some of our music; I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! All of us, at one point or another, struggle with those dark thoughts of not being “good enough,” like we will never measure up, and never “get it right” in this life. That’s where this song began. I was in one of those darker seasons of life, but rather than staying there, I ran to the Word of God (the Bible) to see what God had to say about it all. I came to Ephesians 1:3-14 and found great hope.
From there, I set out to put the truth of that scripture into a song, to share the hope of the gospel with others, and out came Chosen In Christ. Throughout the entire process I was utterly humbled by what the scripture had to say, but equally hopeful because of the work that God has done. Yes, because of the sin we toil in we will never measure up to God’s standards and never be good enough. However, Ephesians 1 tells us that before God even laid the foundation of the world, He chose to love us (v.5). And because of that great love for us from eternity past, when man did sin, God had to make a plan for redemption (v.7). So, the Father sent His Son who knew no sin to become our sin so that we could become the righteousness of God. Jesus lived the life we couldn’t live and died the death we should have died. Now, if we trust in Jesus for salvation, the scripture says that we stand holy and blameless before the Father – cleansed of our past sin, present sin, and future sin alike (v.4)! But God didn’t only save us, He also adopted us into His own family and gave us the Holy Spirit – who is the deposit, guaranteeing our heavenly inheritance (v.11-14). This begs the question, “Why? Why would God do all of this for me, someone who despite knowing Him as Lord and Savior still struggles with sin and with trusting him.”
And here’s the beauty of it, Ephesians 1 tells us that He chose to love us, to save us, and to adopt us not because of any good or merit in us, but rather He chose to love us, save us, and adopt us according to the purpose of His will and to the praise of His glory (v.5). This is the gospel! And what a humbling truth it is; that God saved us because He purposed to do so, not because of anything we could ever contribute to Him. We would never get it right, and that’s the point! As you read the lyrics, you will quickly see that it’s simply the text of Ephesians 1:3-14 framed with a little more rhythm and flow!
LW: Where do you feel the Lord is leading ONElife Worship? Do you feel called to your local church family or do you feel like He is leading you to a wider audience on tour?
DD: That’s an excellent question! Our first love is the local body of believers that God has called us to shepherd through worship week in and week out. That is of first importance to us. But we also feel called to equip worship leaders, churches, and ministries around the globe with new songs and resources that are rooted deeply in scripture and sound doctrine.
Between June and July of this summer, we’ve spent 20 days on the road leading worship at different camps, festivals, and churches. During that time on the road we also began tracking our first EP of original music, which is set to release this fall. With each new song that’s released we also release the lyrics, chord charts, theology behind the song, and tutorials so other churches and ministries can easily introduce the songs to their people! We’ve also got a couple of other cool things we’re doing to serve outside of our local church; we’ve started a blog that instructs worship leaders, artists, and musicians in the areas of doctrine, discipline, and discipleship, so every week there’s a new article dropping there.
And lastly, this fall we will be hosting our first ever ONElife Worship Conference for worship leaders and their teams. Yes, we feel called to our local church family, but we also feel called to serve a wider audience and have the blessing from our church’s leadership and congregation to do so!
LW: At RSR, the verse that really guides us is Romans 12:1:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.”
Is there a specific verse that inspires you on the path that you are on with ONElife Worship?
DD: That is an excellent reminder that worship is more than a song and more than the Sunday morning service; all of us are worshipping all of the time, it’s just a matter of whether we are worshiping the one true God or something He created. We definitely resonate with that. The vision of our band was birthed out of Hebrews 12:1-2, which says: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
We firmly believe that lives aren’t changed by living “moral” lives, or pulling up our boot straps and trying harder, but rather our lives are transformed, and we are able to run the race before us with endurance, when we look to Jesus and cast every other weight and sin aside. So with every song we write and every worship set we lead, our goal is to lead others in beholding the glory of Christ, because that’s where real, gospel-centered transformation happens.