As far as controversy goes, (at least in the Christian music industry),
Sonicflood has been one of the most talked about lately. If your not familiar
with them, since its debut the band has taken on a conversion of members
and record companies. What ever the reasons may be, Sonicflood is what
it is, a vehicle of worship.
After the dust settled we had a "new" Sonicflood. In regards to the former
members of Sonicflood, Jeff Deyo will be releasing a new studio recording
on Gotee next year, Jason Halbert and Dwayne Larring are producing projects
for industry giants like Petra.
What do I think of the "new" Sonicflood? They can and will get through
this transition. I met the band at Godstock last year in Waukesha, WI.
Watching them interact with attendees back stage and on stage there is
no doubt that their intent is to sincerely minister to others. Considering
the cloud of controversy that surrounded them, they were very approachable
off stage. (Kudos to the very patient and accommodating road manager.)
When it comes to the music Sonicflood hasn't strayed too far from it's
foundation. They've added a twist of techno which is most prevalent in
"Lord Of The Dance" a Lively song that gets you dancing. "Lord Of The
Dance" was well received during the Godstock performance, indicating there
is a good chance the change will be accepted by most old time fans.
The title track comes closest to the power of the original Sonicflood
debut that helped spur on a recent Worship movement. It truly "resonates"
a call to worship. Other originals like "Write Your Name On My Heart"
and "Dear Lord" help to set up an enjoyable listening experience.
As Christians we are asked to accept many things by faith. I recommend
we take that approach when it comes to Sonicflood. If its meant to be,
it will be.