Because The Earth and It’s Fullness Includes…

Heavy Metal?! That’s right. And it all belongs to the LORD. For you see, a very talented reader writes,

Hey Frank,

I saw your post about Dave Nantais’ book; it has great insights about the intersection of rock music and Christianity. Dave is a close friend of mine (we met after he answered my craigslist ad looking for a drummer)

Anyway, you might enjoy checking out music by my band Theandric. We try to integrate heavy metal/hard rock with aspects of the Church’s tradition, such as Gregorian chants and scripture!

Enjoy!
Paolo Tiseo

You know, Heavy Metal isn’t usually my cup of tea. But these two tracks by Paolo’s band Theandric? I could get used to it. Check them out:

Adoro Te Devote. A few weeks back, I shared the poem with this title by St. Thomas Aquinas. Paolo made a heavy metal version of it. Crank it and see if smoke comes out of your speakers! Help it go viral, because only 100 views is not enough.

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Veni Creator Spritus The awesomeness of this track cannot be denied. Seriously. If you don’t believe me, follow the lyrics below.

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In the beginning the earth was a formless void
And darkness covered the face of the deep
The Spirit of God hovered over the waters
(before the serpent’s crawl and creep)

Veni Sancte Spiritus
fill the hearts of thy faithful
Veni Sancte Spiritus
inside of them thy holy flame ignite

As the prophets foretold, in the fullness of time
An angel of God descended to earth
“Be not afraid, Highly Favored One!
This is no accident of birth”

Veni Sancte Spiritus
and they shall be created
Veni Sancte Spiritus
thou shalt renew the face of the earth

VENI, CREATOR SPIRITUS
MENTES TUORUM VISITA
IMPLE SUPERNA GRATIA
QUAE TU CREASTI PECTORA

A voice crying out in the wilderness
“Prepare the way of the Chosen One”
Spirit descending – a heavenly advice
“This is My Beloved Son”

When the hour had come
for Jesus to pass from this world
The right hand of God would be His throne
He said to the Twelve in the upper room
“I will not leave you alone”

“I will send another Advocate
Who will lead you to all Truth.
If you doubt His boundless Mercy
My Cross shall be the greatest proof”

DEO PATRI SIT GLORIA
ET FILIO, QUI A MORTUIS
SURREXIT, AC PARACLITO
IN SAECULORUM SAECULA
AMEN

I told you rock music and theology were compatible. Go check out Theadric’s website and buy an EP, or two. And then feel free to “like” them on Facebook too. Thanks Paolo!

  • Ted

    I like it…………I like it well enough that I'm saving it to draft to listen to again!! This is good stuff!! I never liked the Christians as wimps, Christians as boring, stereotype. These guys rock!! God rocks!! Jesus rocks!!

  • http://theandric.com/ Paolo Tiseo

    Thanks so much Frank! I really, really appreciate the support! God bless you. Just to give you a little more background, the motto of Theandric is “Sacred Metal in a Spirit of Reparation.” Unfortunately, in the genre of heavy metal there are many, many bands which twist and distort sacred images of Our Lord and His Church. They even try to hijack the language of the Church using Latin for blasphemous lyrics. I felt a calling to consecrate my music towards the purpose of lifting up the Truths of the Faith, and to make reparation for the many sacrileges committed against Jesus in this style of music. I probably will never sell many records but giving praise to God has eternal rewards! -Paolo/THEANDRIC

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Your welcome Paolo. I'm looking forward to your first "unplugged" album. =)

  • http://www.fightingirishthomas.com Jeanette

    The physical CD is $6.66 at CDbaby, while you can also purchase the songs individually or collectively at the link below:Hmmm…can't they come up with another price? :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Hmmm…ironic!


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