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By The Benjamin Gate (Artist)
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Record Label   Forefront
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.18 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   May 5, 2001
ISBN  001211698X  
EAN  0724382527220  
UPC  724382527220  

Availability  0 units.

Track Names
1.  How Long
2.  Scream
3.  All Over Me
4.  Heaven
5.  Lay It Down
6.  Nightglow
7.  Blow My Mind
8.  Halo
9.  Rush
10.  Secret
11.  Hands
12.  Live Out Loud

Item Description...
Outline's Best of 2001ForeFront Records' newest act--The Benjamin Gate--is in keeping with the label's tradition of introducing truly cutting-edge Christian sounds. With a roaring chorus of guitars and singer Adrienne Liesching's enigmatic vocals, this South African fivesome cover new ground on the musical map. Sure you'll listen to the call-and-answer choruses by Liesching on "All Over Me" and think about the Cranberries, or, for older fans, maybe even Siouxsie and the Banshees. But the similarities end with the Godly message stamped on each riveting rocker. Think Christian bands can't shake sonic foundations? Check out the fury of "Lay It Down" or the enthralling alternative rocker "Secret." And for those quieter moments, the Gate gives us the lonely sounding and moving ballad "Hands." It may take a few listens to grow on you, but this release is a thoughtful and dynamic debut for a world that sorely needs it. --Michael Lyttle

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good sound  Mar 15, 2006
Now, I may not be the best guy to judge music, but I've really enjoyed this CD and keep on coming back to it. As a Christian Band, the Gate has deeply engrained their beliefs into their music, in other words, you can tell. Nice rocking sounds most of the time, good vocals, found these guys (and girl) through and simply had to have the CD.
The more... the better  Dec 9, 2005
The more you listen to this music, the more you will like it. As an American that has been to South Africa twice, I find their adventurous and stalwart character represented here yet again in their stand for their faith in Jesus Christ. One can only have admiration and appreciation for this project. May you be once again reminded of the greatness of God and his unlimited compassion in this cd as I have been.
Music: Phenomenal Lyrics:repetitive repetitive repetitive...  Apr 13, 2005
Benjamin Gate were a South African Christian alternative rock band led by female vocalist Adrienne Liesching. ("The actual Benjamin Gate was one of the original gates in the walls of ancient Jerusalem that they used to herd the young sheep through," explains the band's drummer, Brett Palmer. "For us, that directly relates to youth, and our music being a gateway between the church and the world." Now you know where the odd name comes from...) They released 2 albums before breaking up when Liesching wed fellow Christian rocker Jeremy Camp. Along the way, the group traded in gnarly guitar riffs but with plenty of "techno" touches (phased keyboards and filtered vocals) and the powerhouse tender or tough vocals from 19 year old Adrienne. The comparisons to Garbage are probably about the best in terms of sonics, though this group tends to be "heavier" than Garbage usually is.

"All Over Me", the big radio hit, is undoubtedly the finest tune here. The charging "Blow my Mind" is an all-out assault on the senses coupling a throbbing club drumbeat with a thick instrumental track full of production tricks. It's probably the most "techno" song here. "Lay it Down" overcomes its weak chorus (say "lay it down" again and again and again...) with sheer shredding guitar power and vocal fury. "Hands" is a beautiful but menacing piano ballad that resembles Evananescence's huge hit "My Immortal" (though it predates it by 2 years). It proves Liesching has the voice for ballads.

Biggest criticism overall is boring choruses lyrically. As another reviewer pointed out, they're often nothing more than the song's title ad infinitum and as a result sap the power away from a lot of the songs. "Rush" probably is the worst offender where the chorus is "Your grace/Your grace/Your grace/Your grace/Oh Jesus/Oh Jesus". (No, really, that's it..) The tragic part is the song has a VERY cool Psalm 1 rap but it's hard to take it fully seriously in the midst of the rest of the lyric.

After 4 years of distance, this album doesn't sound as good to me as I once thought. The music's still phenomenal but it's harder not to snicker at the lyrics on some of the tracks. Worth having for the best tracks but not one that will be a favourite of mine in 10 years or so.

There's a hidden track (sort of) called "(Did you Know that) I Love You?" It's track 77 on the CD.
The best Christian release of its year  Mar 4, 2005
I find it so sad that the Benjamin Gate did not become huge stars. Granted, their singer married Jeremy Camp and then broke up the band, but before then, they were still not at the level of success they deserved.

Out of thousands of Christian releases that year (2001?), the Benjamin Gate's "Untitled" stood out head and shoulders. Their songs are melodic, futuristic, worshipful, thrilling, grooving, powerful, and just plain GREAT rock and roll.

They remind me of Missing Persons circa 1983. They are techno-sounding but without the use of keyboards. Their guitarists are genius. There are so many sonic elements to chew on and their rhythm section never fails to make me want to drive fast!

I have never met anyone who was disappointed with this CD. Live, they were tremendous, which is sad that they no longer exist. If you are interested in Christian music that goes beyond the three-chord pop format, this is an excellent listen. I cannot rate them highly enough.
Music from Heaven?  Dec 23, 2004
This gospel group is my favourite one. Adrienne Liesching can sing very good and the band has something to tell...about Jesus. "Scream", "All Over Me", "Blow My Mind", "Halo", and "True" (the hidden bonus track) are all praising songs. I get to know with this band when I heard "All Over Me" in some gospel collection. "Lay It Down", "True", and "Live Out Loud" are great rock songs...almost heavy rock...that's why I like them so much. "Lay It Down" is so fast rock song...yeah! The peaceful songs "Heaven", "Halo", "Secret", and "Hands" are so great tracks I wanna dance. "Nightglow" is a little bit boring track but I guess that can be forgiven when they have done so many other good tracks.
Stars: How Long, All Over Me, Heaven, Hands

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