Producer: The Lion of Judah Guitars, instrumentation, programming: Lee Miller Project Coordinator: Matt Wiedemann Photography: Dean Clifford Cover Design: Robert B. Lovato
With Future Kingdom Music as his first solo effort, guitarist-composer Lee Miller attempts to re-define the term worship, choosing to use fiery, guitar-driven histrionics as his way to offer praise to God. From the opening lines of the interstellar "Celestial Loving Touch" to the portentious finale of "My God Is A Consuming Fire", Miller sojourns through a dazzling world of 6-string complexity. Racing heavenward with radiant speed, his guitar emotes shimmering licks resplendent with the brilliance of the One who is at the center of creation.
While most contemporary Christian music is associated with pop/rock or traditional gospel, Future Kingdom Music derives its roots from fusion-jazz. This progressive genre of music is geared toward those who favor artistic endeavors by pioneers like The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Stanley Clarke, Weather Report, John McLaughlin and Jeff Beck, but haven't had that choice in Christian music because of it being virtually non-existent until now.
On Future Kingdom Music, Miller skillfully displays the results of 23-years in clubwork, touring and recording. In his own words, "I'm always searching for chords and progressions that express what I hear within. I've played all the popular styles of music for years, but I knew that it was time to go for what's really inside my heart. I prayed and listened to what God would have me say in each piece of music, and with his guidance, proceeded from there."
The psalmist urges everyone to "...praise the Lord with the sound of the trumpet, the stringed instruments and organs, and with the loud and high sounding cymbals." You'll hear all these sounds and more on Future Kingdom Music. Go with God.
THE SONGS OF FUTURE KINGDOM MUSIC Sonic landscapes of super-charged guitars!
Celestial Loving Touch - The album opens with sizzling hi-hat, descending bass lines, and majestic, revelatory chord voicings. A snare drum cracks with rapid, continuous strokes, ushering in a celerity of explosive guitar riffs spiraling ever upward to the Light.
Good Shepherd - Luminescent, jazzy chords with creamy, saturated leads on top. Swirling chorus harmonies, sweeping phase-tones, and swingin' tom-toms!
Waiting On The Lord - An acoustic guitar melody over inclining, harpsichord-like rhythms. With a beat that'd make a clock turn green with envy, this number truly captures the spirit of the wait.
Healing In His Wings - Solemn acoustics resonate spaciously against a backdrop of cascading streams. Here's one for the green pastures and still waters of the soul.
God Almighty - Sonic landscapes of super-charged guitars! God Almighty has it all: Syncopated jazz drumming, blazing lead-symphonics, trumpet reports, walking bass, and a crystal clean solo to bring it all home.
...Because He Hath Known My Name - This electro-acoustic ballad begins with flowing ice-guitar rhythm chords, and ends with a nickel-steel duet seeing which can burn the brightest and climb the highest.
Battle Is The Lord's/Victory Song - A straight-ahead rocker that builds to lofty heights. Just when you think you've heard everything, the progression erupts into a full-on, mideast jam replete with sitar drones, tablas and timbrels.
My God Is A Consuming Fire - Ominous 13th chords find a groove before blasting into a split-octave refrain and scalding exchanges between distortion and wah-powered axes. The centerpiece jam wails and screams with the voices of the damned.