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Exit Elvis

Heavy modern rock
"You take offense in what I say/Can't have it any other way/We're all subject to the altar that we bow/And to those who disagree/And still believe they can be free/You're just clinging to a rotten sacred cow"
— from "Left for Dead"

Tribe of Judah is the latest artistic endeavor of Gary Cherone, the lead singer of the defunct heavy metal band Extreme, who later recorded one album as the lead vocalist of Van Halen. He also happens to be an outspoken Christian, and if you have doubts (like U2's Bono, he's occasionally prone to profanity), listen closely to the content of the songs he's written. Extreme's 1991 hit, "Hole Hearted," is about the search for fulfillment, and in Gary's case, the hole was God–shaped.

The new album re–teams Gary with Extreme bandmates Pat Badger on bass and Mike Mangini on drums, along with guitarist Leo Mellace and keyboardist Steve Ferlazzo. The result is a blend of Extreme's pop–metal bombast with modern industrial electronica — Van Halen or Def Leppard meets Nine Inch Nails. Even more intriguing than the sound, however, is the album's theme.

If you "read behind the lyrics" in the album's liner notes, you'll find a quote by Fyodor Dostoevsky: "If there is no God, then all things are permissible." Pair that phrase with the Apostle Paul's words from 1 Corinthians chapters 6 and 10 ("'Everything is permissible for me' — but not everything is beneficial.") and then listen to Exit Elvis. The opening song, "Left for Dead" (quoted above), argues over man's free will and essentially concludes that there is no room for both God's will and ours. In Rolling Stone magazine, Gary says: "If there is a God, an absolute law, then ultimately man has to be subject to that ...

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