In today's culture, it may be difficult to find a worship band that pushes the edge musically and lyrically, and yet is still worship at the core. With the platform of Ammunition Conference held annually in Modesto, California, WDF has a mission not only to be a band but a youth movement that shakes the nation with the presence and power of God. What started out as a simple vision to write original worship songs given by the pastor of Ammunition Conference, Jeremy Johnson, turned into a youth movement of worship and originality. “Our desire has simply been to see our city saved and a empower a generation to reach their cities for Christ,” says worship director of Worth Dying For and Ammunition, Christy Johnson, “Our music and creativity is the bi-product of that passion.”
Worth Dying For draws heavily on a theme that defines the band’s mission: Infiltrate, Destroy, Rebuild. Infiltrate every city with the gospel of Jesus Christ, destroy the works of the enemy, and rebuild today’s youth culture. This ministry is more creed than career, more mission than music. And the music, aggressive guitars, searing vocals and heart-provoking lyrics, speaks for itself.
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Worth Dying For [Love Riot]| Posted February 16, 2011
With a mission to be not just a band, but a youth movement that can shake generations, rock-infused worshipers Worth Dying For released their newest projectLove Riot. The band has been part of Ammunition Movement, the youth ministry of Calvary Temple of Modesto, CA for almost six years. Now the band is poised to let their songs resonate in the hearts of the young people across this nation. Fans of Hillsong United, Skillet and Evanescence will be drawn to the guitar-driven rock sound and the fresh lead vocals of Christy Johnson and Sean Loche.
The cohesiveness of this album is one of the highlights for me as the 15 songs run in a track order that flows seamlessly from one song to the next similar to award winning Church Music by David Crowder*Band. “Destroy” is a spoken word sermon/song that kicks off the album. Although it’s an unusual beginning, I really like how the energy builds and once the drum beat kicks in right before the speaker announces: “warriors arise and raise your fist with us, defeat is no longer an option” which leads to the chorus: “we stand, we rise, we give our lives.” Christy continues her lead vocals into the next song “Savior” which is a stand-out worship rock anthem and has a very catchy and convicting declaration: “Savior, Savior…so come and release Your fire again.” I knew I was in for a treat with that explosive beginning.
Title track “Love Riot” has a rock dance beat and Sean’s lead vocals really grabbed me. I especially love the lyrics: “Love riot, turn the city upside down. Love riot, for the Name of Jesus.” Christy sounds off with a catchy bridge and the song has one of the best musical beats I’ve heard in awhile. I can’t get enough of stand-out song “Through Your Eyes” as the rock beat, and Christy’s, Sean’s and Trevor’s vocals all grab me as the song cries out “I want to see the world through Your eyes.” “You’re Alive” and “Stir It Up” keep the energy gushing with cool edgy rock beats and great guitar riffs. Some other highlights for me are “Higher,” “Power of Your Love,” and “No Love Greater” which all feature Christy’s stellar lead vocals and are high energy rock worship songs. The album closes with some reflective worship songs, “Closer,” “Take Me Away,” and a great cover of “My Glorious,” originally recorded by Delirious?.
I was familiar with Worth Dying For from their Integrity Records debut and I’ve long enjoyed the female rock vocal style of Evanescence and Flyleaf. Christy Johnson really displays a similar vocal style on the stand-out songs for me on this solid album: “Savior,” “Love Riot,” “Higher,” “Power Of Your Love,” “No Love Greater,” and my personal favorite song from this album “Through Your Eyes,” which features co-vocals by Sean Loche and a guest vocal by Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch/FM Static. I love listening to this album during my commuting time when I want a pick me up album that glorifies God and gets me pumped about my faith. Love Riot is loaded with great rock beats, catchy melodies, and solid lyrics reflecting unashamed faith in Jesus.
New WDF!| Posted March 25, 2011
It's really great to hear this band come out with some new music after they've been off my radar for what feels like a few years since their debut album. I think musically and lyrically this album has come up a level, although they are not going to blow the speakers, it is nice to see that there are still worship bands that are getting a little loud, that is a worship experience I look forward too, and that's where WDF is at--they are a worship experience and they represent that well.
Unique band| Posted March 22, 2011
The first time i heard this band i thought of the band, Inhabited. Then i thought the band was a youth group worship band, I was surprised to hear the unique sound they had. The female vocalist sounded somewhat similar to Sara Acker, of the band Inhabited. I was surprised to know that this is not their very first album.
Unique| Posted March 16, 2011
I'd never heard of Worth Dying For until I saw Love Riot being promoted on the NRT home page. After I watched the music video for "Destroy" I was very intrigued. After listening to more of their stuff, I really love their sound!