Monday, November 13, 2017

CD Review and Giveaway: ALPHA/OMEGA by Kutless


I’m very pleased to share the good news that Kutless has released a new CD! Read on to learn more about the band, their new CD, ALPHA/OMEGA, as well as read a review and enter to win a copy of the CD!

About Kutless:
Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams. Launched by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead, the band formed first as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000. Kutless has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland. The band has had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including their major hits "Strong Tower,” "What Faith Can Do" and "Carry Me to the Cross.”

After more than 15 years together and reaching fans around the world, Kutless continues to be focused on sharing the Gospel with a younger generation that is searching for answers.

“We really believe that music can make a difference in people’s lives,” shares Jon Micah Sumrall. “Music is an incredibly powerful tool that can break down walls and allow us to communicate a message of hope to people who may not listen otherwise. We are still recording and performing because we really do believe it makes a difference. We hear stories all the time from people who share with us how a concert or a song has radically impacted their life, and it’s these types of testimonies that keep us going year after year.”

In 2012, Kutless formed EOTA Ministries (End of The Age) to expand their evangelistic outreach around the globe. EOTA is the non-profit arm that aids Kutless in hosting large, free outreach concerts and events. In 2015, they partnered with other organizations to bring concerts to Kiev, Ukraine and other cities for six events -- the largest of their kind in that country. The next year, Kutless returned to 11 cities in Ukraine as well as in Belarus, a communist country, where more than 100,000 heard the Gospel and over 40,000 commitments to Christ.

With their upcoming album ALPHA/OMEGA, Kutless has created a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core -- rock and worship. ALPHA/OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.”


Review of ALPHA /OMEGA by Kutless
Reviewed by D.T.

ALPHA/OMEGA, Kutless’ newest album, seems to make two statements. The first is that they belong in the worship scene. This album is comprised mostly of covers, either of their own music or of other popular worship songs. That being said, they find new and interesting ways to make these well-known songs uplifting and powerful. “Cornerstone,” although it is an old hymn that has been sung countless times, both in its hymnal version and by Hillsong United’s talented chorus, feels fresh and introspective when being sung by Jon Micah Sumrall. Their previous hit, “Strong Tower,” is also reprised in a worship format, and though it is familiar, uses the piano to create an atmosphere of mysticism and praise, in comparison to the original which was more focused on being driving and powerful.

The second statement the album makes is that this is where their heart truly lies. Although Kutless has had a history as a rock band, their music selection and sincerity show that they have a heart for worship and want to sing about it. In particular, I think it shows in one of their original songs, “Shepherd of My Soul.” The song makes a point that everything they have is not because of them, but because of God who provides for them. In it, the music is just as responsible as the lyrics for creating the message, and the message feels genuine and true. It’s also shown in their choice of the song “No Wonder (Roar of the Rugged Cross),” which has some graphic, primal images and feelings, but ultimately a feeling of reverence. Altogether, this album sounds like Kutless wants you to know that their heart is in these words, whether they were carefully selected, borrowed, or crafted.

Watch this video of “King of My Heart”:




GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner (from the continental U.S. only) will receive a Kutless ALPHA/OMEGA CD! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

15 comments:

  1. I have always been a fan of Kutless. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love Christian Music have not heard there music would love to give it a try. Thankyou, Ken

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  3. I have not heard of them before but I know my family would like their music.

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  4. This band is inspirational to me and their music and sound is something I look forward to listening to every day (and singing) while driving. I love the rock band feel of their music and the messages their songs bring to me.

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  5. look like 5 dudes that like to wear black.

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  6. Our family loves Christian music. I hope we win.

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  7. I love Kutless's music I've been listening to them for years i love christian /rock/ contemporary

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  8. I have loved Kutless songs for a long time, I'd to have this one to.

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  9. Antoinette M1:27 PM

    Sorry to say I do not know them, but sounds good.

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  10. Love Kutless and their way to create worship songs with a rock vibe! When my husband was a youth pastor, the teens loved to go to their concerts.

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  11. I love Kutless and saw them in concert early in their career. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. Gabrielly10:57 AM

    I have not heard of them before but I know I would like their music.

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  13. kutless is one of my favorites. i would love to win this.

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  14. Kutless has a heart for worship and this is why they sing.

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  15. Their voice on the song on the video sounds so familiar, so I must have heard their lovely voices before. Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

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