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Relentless Pursuit
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Relentless Pursuit
Promise in Creation

Artist Info: Discography
Street Date: January 20, 2024
Style: Heavy Metal
Official Site: AscendTheSoul.wixsite.com/relentlesspursuit
Buy It: Bandcamp




Coming off his latest single in November of 2023, Kentucky metal artist Matthew Konradt, known as Relentless Pursuit, is back with his newest album. Promise in Creation contains his last three singles - "Save Me," "Repercussions," and "Unending" - along with five brand new songs. As expected from Relentless Pursuit, Konradt dives into several different genres of metal and multiple sounds come out of this release.

"The Beginning" aptly starts things off in what is basically a three-part piece with different movements. Starting with an ominous acoustic guitar in Part 1, things move to a marching type beat with an electric guitar lead in Part 2. Part 3 sees things changing to a heavier chugging section with growled vocals. The biggest detractor with this unique opener is that the third movement has a clear decline in production as it sounds a lot muddier around the 1:58 mark. "Promise," featuring Eric Castiglia, follows and offers verses that contain chuggy riffs with growled vocals, but the chorus here is more open and melodic with clean vocals. From here, the previously released singles all hit in a row, ending on the album highlight "Repercussions." A couple of tracks later brings the djenty "Converge." While the aforementioned "Repercussions" is arguable the best Relentless Pursuit song recorded to date, "Converge" is a close second. There are a couple of more clunky sections from a lyrical standpoint, but musically, this one hits hard throughout, and the mix of growled and screamed vocals works well. The album ends with the piano-led epic, "To See the Invisible." The track is over seven and a half minutes long and features some of better clean vocals from Konradt -- as well as some spoken word sections over the piano, bass, and drums. The final minute and ten seconds of the closer really step things up with the metal flare. I do see what he was going for here, but I think the song would've stood out a little more if it would've ended about a minute sooner without the extreme finale.

Promise in Creation is Matthew Konradt's strongest work to date with Relentless Pursuit. It's far from a perfect album, but it does feature several bright spots and two really strong songs to take away. While the production value continues to improve with each release, it remains a noticeable area needing further improvement. Evening out the sound in a couple spots and cleaning up a few areas could go a long way towards making Promise in Creation sound as striking as intended. Clean vocals are the other area that brings things down a touch. While there are areas where they are solid ("Repercussions" and "To See the Invisible," for instance), there are several others where they take away from the growls and higher pitched screams offered. Perhaps it's just the more operatic delivery that creates this unusual juxtaposition?

Promise in Creation will have some appeal to certain metal listeners. It's raw and gritty, but there are multiple positives to take away from this experience. Metal fans should especially take notice of the two highlights in "Repercussions" and "Converge," but I'd recommend taking the time to give this entire album a listen. You may just find that his style is right up your alley.

- Review date: 2/8/24, written by Michael Weaver of Jesusfreakhideout.com



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JFH Staff's Second Opinion

    Relentless Pursuit's third album, Promise In Creation, is another step in the right direction for the aspiring solo act. The pace of improvement is slow and steady, but it's clear that lingering issues are being addressed and worked on. The evidence for this is the fact that Promise In Creation is Matthew Konradt's best work yet. The production sounds a lot cleaner than the debut (and the Ascend the Soul material), and his screams and guitar work sound more confident. It's not without its issues, though; for instance, some of the songs sound very uneven in their mastering, and "Repercussions" suddenly and mysteriously sounds very compressed about halfway through the runtime of an otherwise promising song. The main thing I would suggest for future releases (aside from utilizing a professional producer - but I get that that would increase the budget significantly) would be to either cut the clean vocals altogether, or bring in a guest vocalist. I like Konradt's dedication to the melodic aspect of the music, but clean vocals are not his strong suit, and the above suggestion would likely immediately improve the listening experience. As it is, though, Promise In Creation displays Konradt's continual growth as an instrumentalist and songwriter, and with each new release, I've found myself genuinely curious as to what he's done to improve. I'm hopeful for the day that he absolutely nails the whole thing. - Review date: 1/28/24, written by Scott Fryberger of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

 

 

. Record Label: None
. Album length: 8 tracks: 25 minutes, 36 seconds
. Street Date: January 20, 2024
. Buy It: Bandcamp

  1. The Beginning (3:24)
  2. Promise (feat. Eric Castiglia) (4:11)
  3. Save Me (3:58)
  4. Unending (4:18)
  5. Repercussions (3:13)
  6. Truth (5:26)
  7. Converge (3:22)
  8. To See The Invisible (7:31)
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  • Jesus Freak Hideout (Michael Weaver): You have been extremely prolific in your writing and recording. What gives you the drive to put out so much music on a regular basis?

    Matthew Konradt: Honestly, I would say God has played a humongous role in giving me the motivation to write, produce, and release my songs and albums on a steady basis. Ever since my work with Ascend The Soul, I have strived to better myself both musically and spiritually. Also, I think the fact I love what I do is another reason. I just really want people to hear what I have to say through my many songs and I suppose I lack the patience to be able to put longer time frames between songs and albums.

  • JFH (Michael): I think it's pretty obvious what the album title Promise in Creation is alluding to, but could you talk about the meaning behind the title and how that fits in with the theme of the album itself?

    Matthew: Promise in Creation, as a whole, deals with many topics. Suicidal thoughts, struggles, spiritual battles, depression and anxiety, and revenge. It also is a personal reflection of my feelings through my musical endeavors. It is always good to channel your feelings through something constructive rather than channeling through sin over and over again which will always lead to trouble one way or the other. Despite there being copious amounts of sin in the world there is that Light in the darkness. Where there is Light, there is hope, and there is promise in God's creation. That is my in-depth reason behind the title of the album.

  • JFH (Michael): "Repercussions" was your first "Spotlight" review from JFH. It's a really good song with tons of great elements. Can you talk about the writing process for this one?

    Matthew: This was a song that was created with some help. The lyrics came to my mind before the ultimate melody and were inspired by the hate that some people can have for each other. Even to the point of seeking revenge on someone. Ultimately never finding peace in the heart and ending up in a dark place. I initially composed the main melody by playing and recording a piano track. Then I sent it in to another musician, Jasmin Miši?, who actually played and produced the instrumental for the album. He also added a solid structure to the song. I produced the vocals last after receiving the instrumental.

  • JFH (Michael): "Converge" has you delving into a more djent inspired sound than I've heard from you in the past. Is this a style of music you personally enjoy, or is it more along the lines of something you just wanted to try out?

    Matthew: For this, I just wanted to be able to branch out from the norm and try something a little different. I like the djent style of metal but it's not something I want for each heavy melody.

  • JFH (Michael): You brought in a featured artist for this album. What was Eric Castiglia's role in the track "Promise"?

    Matthew: Eric Castiglia is an artist who is excellent at his craft. He played the guitars, bass, and drums for this song.

  • JFH (Michael): Do you have a favorite moment of song from this newest venture?

    Matthew: I suppose my personal favorite was "To See The Invisible". It is my personal heartfelt journey inspired by pain and struggles in life. Some of it is from God's perspective as well my own.

  • JFH (Michael): I'd love to hear if you have a particular scripture or something from the Bible that motivates you or guides you in your continued musical journey.

    Matthew: I would have to say Isaiah 40:31 would be a huge inspiration and motivation for me. "they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." A beautiful verse that can really encourage me to never give up.

     

     

     

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