I haven't really heard AntiochLIVE before.
But am I glad I did now!
Published by Clear Day record label, it turns out that their previous two albums released in 2012 and 2013 hit #3 and #2 respectively on the iTunes Christian charts. So what's left? #1 of course! And apparently, that's the number "It is finished" hit when it released on September 16th .
Interested? Read on.
"It is finished" contains 7 new and original worship songs recorded live. The sound quality is expectedly up there at the top since the producer happens to be Jeremy Edwardson who's worked with artists like Jesus Culture, Bethel Live, Kari Jobe etc.
That said, here are my thoughts on the songs:
1. Shout Shout
An up-tempo opener that does just what it's intended to do—get people on their feet and shout praises to the Lord! It's a nice tune to declare who we are in Christ.
2. Free forever.
Another peppy number continuing from where "Shout Shout" stops. I suspect youth services will especially love both these songs.
3. It is Finished
The title track is one of the best songs of the album—it has one of those choruses that you won't mind singing again and again and again! It presents the work of the Cross really well and it's difficult not to sing along to this one!
4. To You be the Glory
Another catchy chorus that's bound to stay with you for some time. A very pleasant song to offer our adoration to the Lord and declare that we are His!
5. Relentless Love
The first song led by a female worship leader brings in a wave of freshness in the vocals. Love the 2nd verse and the soaring bridge—overall another nice song!
6. Worthy is the Lamb
This song just exudes raw passion and is definitely the best led song of the album—from a worship leader's perspective that is. You have to listen to it to understand what I mean!
7. How Great You Are
Sounds like AntiochLIVE has saved the best for the last with this one! The closing song is definitely my favorite—superb presentation of the salvation story with an infectious chorus that draws us to respond with grateful worship—great song!
And now for the giveaway: Here's how you can get this album for FREE! Just leave a comment below or tweet this post or share it on Facebook for a chance to win a free digital download of "It is Finished". Go for it—there'll be 2 winners!
This giveaway is completed.
And btw, AntiochLIVE is offering the lyrics + chords for all the songs for free here: http://antiochcc.com/finished-lyrics-chords/
Disclaimer: I received this album for free from the folks at Clear Day record to listen and post this review. The views expressed here are completely my own and I am not obliged to write a positive review.