For Today
Ekklesia


3.0
good

Review

by Kimm Grasmeyer USER (1 Reviews)
December 16th, 2010 | 143 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "This has nothing to do with music and everything to do with our faith in Christ." -Mattie Montgomery

For Today is a five member metalcore band from Sioux City, Iowa. The band is currently signed to Facedown records and has released one EP and three full length albums since forming the group in 2005. The band is:

Mattie Montgomery – Vocals
David Morrison – Drums
Ryan Leitru - Guitar/Vocals
Mike Reynolds - Guitar
Brandon Leitru - Bass

Ekklesia is For Today’s first of three full length albums, released in 2008.


As a concept album (the unifying concept of course being the “Ekklesia” - a religious term referring to the Christian church), Ekklesia is indisputably well written and cohesive. The message of the album is blunt and forward; obviously written from a Christian standpoint. Stylistically speaking, there is not much to be said for Ekklesia, save for a few sections that aren’t completely and utterly boring. The beauty of this album is found not in the music, but in the lyrics, and only by those to whom said lyrics pertain. To anyone who does not believe the message conveyed in this album, I would suggest you read no further as this album is most likely not for you.

For those who understand the concept of The Ekklesia, this album offers a powerful and cohesive message of conviction, hope, encouragement and strength. With songs such as "Redemption", "Never Lose Sight of the Goals", and "Words of Hope", Christian listeners are given some level of the encouragement needed to play the militant role in Spiritual warfare as described in "Infantry" and "Ready For The Fight". The goals we reach for are beautifully defined in the lyrics to "A Higher Standard" and "Agape", containing these well known words found in the Holy Bible:

"Love the Lord [your God] with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, all your strength."

The lyrics of this album are very pointedly from a Christian perspective and will more than likely offend any listeners with a different spiritual standpoint. The only exception to this is found in the final track, "With a Passion Burning" which - when not taken in context with the album as a whole - contains a message of finding your passion and running with it; "No one can get you down; you are better than that. Fight for your passion. You can set this world ablaze."

As far as the lyrics go, Ekklesia is nearly a 10/10. I say "nearly" because of that one line from Redemption: "RIDE 'EM COWBOY!" (Come on…what is up with that?)

Musically speaking, Ekklesia is somewhat of a disappointment. Mattie’s statement about effective evangelism over mind blowing musicianship is made clear upon listening to For Today’s first full length album. Full of redundant riffs and boring breakdowns, generic screams and unimpressionable group vocals, there are very few songs from Ekklesia that easily captivate the listener's interest. In fact, aside from Agape, there is not one song on this entire album that keeps me intrigued from beginning to end. The sixty second intro seems much longer than it really is, and while "Instrumental" (original title, by the way) may be a good track to fall asleep to at night, there's nothing terribly compelling about it.

As a concept album, Ekklesia is an elaborate and cohesive album that appeals only to a select group of people. The album's qualitative contrast between lyrics and musicianship is both astounding and unfortunate; the lyrics are nothing short of incredible to those who understand the concept, but For Today does not nearly reach the height of their musical talent. While Ekklesia is by no means terrible, I personally would rather read the lyrics as poetry than actually listen to the album.


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DoubtGin
December 16th 2010


6752 Comments


"This has nothing to do with music and everything to do with our faith in Christ"

this seems pretty retarded

I actually liked the review btw.. good one for a first

JustJoe
December 16th 2010


1399 Comments


First review is always the toughest. From reading, it seems that you aren't particularly fond of this album, save for the message/concept. I probably won't get much out of it, for that reason.

SlowBoristheBlade
December 16th 2010


419 Comments


Why can't you just analyze the music and leave the religious preaching out of it?

cvlts
December 16th 2010


8976 Comments


cause its For Today, u dum?

SlowBoristheBlade
December 16th 2010


419 Comments


Nah, I smart.

Knott-
Emeritus
December 16th 2010


10198 Comments


summary makes me want to punch things this is a goddamn music website

cvlts
December 16th 2010


8976 Comments


As for the review...

, aside from Agape, there is not one song on this entire album that keeps me intrigued from
beginning to end.

and yet you still gave it a 3?
I understand that the lyrics appeal to you, but even I'm a Christian and I can tell you that the
lyrics are about as generic as a sunday morning baptist hymn.

TheSpirit
December 16th 2010


17986 Comments


you say the Ekklesia way too much

Digging: Volahn - Aq Ab Al

KimmsightMatters
December 16th 2010


6147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Read the tag Boris. The album is intended to be about the message. To leave it unmentioned would be doing the band an injustice.
Thank you DoubtGin, that made me smile.

Knott-
Emeritus
December 16th 2010


10198 Comments


Brb gonna go review an audiobook of the Bible and call it musically 'good' just because I believe the same religion as the person that read it.

SlowBoristheBlade
December 16th 2010


419 Comments


"Read the tag Boris. The album is intended to be about the message. To leave it unmentioned would be doing the band an injustice."

Yeah, I could understand a few mentions, but you seem to base your whole attraction to this band on whether or not they portray a Christian message you agree with. That's a part of it(at least to Christians), but with this review, you're going to turn off a lot of people from listening to this. I, for one, won't listen to it anyway because I've heard it's generic as fuck.

Knott-
Emeritus
December 16th 2010


10198 Comments


Musically speaking, Ekklesia is somewhat of a disappointment. Mattie’s statement about
effective evangelism over mind blowing musicianship is made clear upon listening to For Today’s first
full length album. Full of redundant riffs and boring breakdowns, generic screams and unimpressionable
group vocals, there are very few songs from Ekklesia that easily captivate the listener's interest.


I've never thought you were a troll before but this, and then giving this record a 3/5, just makes me
wonder.

For the record your prose style is not bad at all but that's not my issue.

Fugue
December 16th 2010


7354 Comments


Yeah with a few select edits this could easily be a 1.5/2 review... arguably it reads as a 2/2.5 at the minute anyway but I can understand what you're trying to say.

Digging: Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

KimmsightMatters
December 16th 2010


6147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yes, I think the album is "good", but in comparison to their other two albums, it's disappointing.
For Today is my favorite band and I know they can do better which is why I chose to give them a 3. Kind of like how a teacher is going to grade a straight A student much harder than one who can't structure a sentence properly.


SlowBoristheBlade
December 16th 2010


419 Comments


The writing style is fine, but the content of the review just makes me wanna neg the shit out of this.

cvlts
December 16th 2010


8976 Comments


welcome to the world of reviewing.

Knott-
Emeritus
December 16th 2010


10198 Comments


Are those actual lyrics, Stokes?

SlowBoristheBlade
December 16th 2010


419 Comments


For Today- Redemption

Lyrics:
I have been in this daily battle long enough
to know its time to bring this to an end.
a call to be pure, to be so clean.
a call for action
I lift my prayers to you father,
bring us to our knees.
Let me hear your voice in this time of need,
and take this lust away from me!

this is your redemption.
this is our freedom!
our freedom, our right,
tonight i make this promise,
to never let lust take over my life.
i know there will be many trials,
and i will be tempted,
but by your grace and your love,
i will defeat this,
and taste the sweet sweet victory,
in you Jesus


KimmsightMatters
December 16th 2010


6147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

You missed a line.

SlowBoristheBlade
December 16th 2010


419 Comments


Does it matter?



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