Storming the Temple
Solens Lamb was formed in the late Summer of 2004 as a hypothetical band. It is the production project of multi-instrumentalist, musician and songwriter Phil Greever (me). Frustration over the songs on a local Christian radio station that all sounded virtually the same and never mentioned 'Jesus' became the catalyst for me to write my first Christian album. I drew on inspiration from the Bible and outside sources such as the Gospel of Thomas for lyrical inspiration. The lyrics fell into place from re-structuring direct passages from the words of Jesus and the apostle Paul. I had previously been working on some retro-progressive musical ideas and then added new material in with that to write the music for Storming the Temple. I drew on my '70's progressive era influences: Jethro Tull, Kansas, Rush, Yes, Queen, Deep Purple, and Led Zepelin to name a few and tried to make a contemporary CD that pays tribute to the Prog Rock era of the 70's. A number of musical styles are also represented: Hard Rock, Blues/Southern Rock, Folk/Bluegrass, Reggae, & Prog Rock. One downside to the CD is that I would have liked to have had a little better production quality on one track especially. I would have liked to have had a more diverse group of vocalists to sing the parts as well. I did have a guest vocalist on 'Beatitudes' and was very pleased with the result. Most people who read the liner notes will understand the humorous intent of the band member names: Singer--Dydimos J. Thomas; Guitarist--Simon Peters, Bassist--E. Zeke Kiel, Keyboardist --Zack Keyes, and Drumme--Ned B. Chadnezur. These names are of course a play on words. The project was for the most part a one-man band. Another interesting thing to note is how many people from the Netherlands and other places in Europe have bought the CD. I have a few sales in the U.S., but more interest from Europeans. Interesting! I think some people may have confused Solens Lamb with a Metal band from the Netherlands called Solens Rotter. They seem to be a pretty good metal band. (Maybe we could tour together). The following was part of the original blurb I wrote for the album: Storming the Temple combines elements of classic and progressive rock influences from the '70's and '80's as well as guitar-oriented rock with Hammond organ, melodic electric bass, expressive drumming, flute, viola, clarinet, and mandolin, and the use of odd meter in several songs. The title track speaks to some of the controversial issues surrounding Christianity, while other songs confront some of the passages in the Bible that seem on the surface to be problematic. The Southern-style "Fig Tree" is one example of this. A reference from the Gospel of Thomas is found in the reggae influenced, "Don't Believe." In spite of these aspects the album is not nearly as controversial as it is conventional. 'STORMING THE TEMPLE' DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A TYPICAL CHRISTIAN ROCK ALBUM. It is inevitable that one's 'original' sound often reflects one's musical influences, and Solens Lamb is no exception. You will hear elements of some progressive and classic rock influences such as Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Kansas, Rush, Yes, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Queen and Sound Garden, just to name a few. There are fewer comparisons to give in Christian music, save perhaps the early '80's Petra albums--'Never Say Die' and 'Not of This World.' With regard to more modern Christian music, if you like the heavier sound of bands like December Radio and Audio Adrenaline then this CD should spark your interest. 'It is a fact well known, to those who know it well...' (thank you, Robert Rankin) and for those who care about such things, that the name, Solens Lamb is derived from the name of a wonderful retired United Methodist minister, named Sullins Lamb (a la' Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jethro Tull). The name was modified to avoid a law suit by Reverend Lamb. Although he never actually came out and said it, he probably did not want his name associated with music having the "Satanic beat of the Devil" paired with lyrics taken from the Bible. So, the band took it upon themselves to change the spelling and the name's meaning. Sol in mythology is the Sun god. Ens in Latin refers to God, as the Being of beings. Lamb refers to a small sheep or a person who is gentle, meek or innocent. (Apparently, in Swedish solen means solar).