Although I’ve written a book, I first delved into writing via lyrics as a young lad. If you don’t know, I used to be in a band called Strongarm and I have done a new song as of late due to the influence that band has had on the hardcore music scene (FYI-that’s a genre somewhere between punk and metal).

No, it’s not a Strongarm song. But a band called VENIA asked me to write the lyrics and sing on one of the songs on their latest release “I’ve Lost All Faith In Myself.” (pictured to left). The song is called “The Call” and there is a video below of me recording it with them. You can read the lyrics here and an explanation of them here.

The press release it says:

“Featuring dueling vocals on closing track “The Call” with Jason Berggren, original vocalist of the legendary Strongarm!”

Legendary! How cool is that? It’s awesome to be part of the project. These guys are a great band and amazing guys. So click here to check it out and order it to support them. It is available on collectable 7″ vinyl and you get a digital download code when you order it. And you can listen to a song here.

I’ve been listening to the raw version of the whole EP and it is amazing. I’m not just saying that because I’m on it. I met VENIA 2 years ago. My family took a RV road trip and went to Cornerstone Festival where they put on a brutal show (that means good for any old folks reading this). I’ve been enjoying their blend of metal ever since and it’s raw.

Get it!

On Strongarm (if you’re new around here), I sang screamed (on the first album “Atonement”) and wrote the lyrics (for 15 of the 19 songs out there). Not to sound like a washed-up-never-was-been, but it has become a highly influential band. It was named one of the top 10 bands of the last 30 yrs, has inspired tattoos , and even been the the love-connection for some match-making resulting in marriage. In fact, here is a video we did and some FREE songs, if you’d like. I still get emails about the band from fans, which is why I will be posting a brief history soon. There is also, of course, the cursory stories of certain Christians who told us we were going to Hell for playing such heavy music (which I tell about in my book). Anyway, indie record label Blood & Ink Records has decided to do an LP reissue of the first album Atonement. (That’s a vinyl record for all you younglings.) I am totally honored by it. It’s available now. You can click below to order. That’s the first bit of new news about Strongarm. The second bit of news is, well…I’ll tell you that next week. Order and enjoy some heavy metal to brighten your day!


*And here is the video of me recording with VENIA.