Heath Hollensbe | The Grand Narrative

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The Grand Narrative

by Heath Hollensbe

A blend of specifically formulated frequencies designed to stir the emotions for eternal purposes and to transmit timeless realities that result in your limitless joy.
Genre: Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental
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1. Hovering
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2. Creation
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3. Failure
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4. Atonement
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5. Covenant
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6. Re-Creation
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Grand Narrative is a 6 song concept EP that was written to document the journey from the creation of the earth through the future of Christians.

The starting track combines etherial guitars, cellos, and experimental percussion to form a chaotic open sound that by the end of the track evolves into a symphonic piece that hints at the impression that The Creator has arrived and is starting to form the world into a beautiful place.

Throughout the 27 minutes, the album deals with a vast array of both natural and synthetic instruments to create music with the hopes that emotions to be stirred and affections towards Christ will be raised.

From walls of sound and anthemic melodies (Creation/Re-Creation), to simple haunting reversed piano moments (Failure), to driving rock songs (Atonement), to sweet orchestrated wedding-esque (Covenant) sounds, this is a diverse and power-packed album that encompasses a large amount of the musical spectrum.

One artist described "The Grand Narrative" this way: "it is a mix of Coldplay's ease, U2's passion & drive, Sufjan Stevens' creativity in instrumentation, Derek Webb's intensity in vocals and prolific poetry, Dan Haseltine's easy to listen to voice and William Cowper's honesty & mystery."

There is no doubt that this project will be impressive, and could very easily become the standard from which many other albums are compared.


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Carol Fish

The Great Narrative
Excellent inspirational work by a great upcoming Christian writer/singer. I recommend it highly

Kevin McMahan

Worship + Praise to God
This IS a unique album. I thought it was odd to see the genre - Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental. After listening through once, I understood. But after listening through twice, I think it needs a "Christian Experimental Worship" category. Starting with the mostly instrumental "Hovering" and the words "the next six days You were the mastermind..." Moving to "Creation" with "You make all things beautiful..." On to "Failure", "in an instant my innocence has vanished... I need a Savior to resuscitate me." Then "Atonement" (one of my favs) with "Yet before the dawn of time, a plan has been designed, to purpose this Son, as a suffering sponge to absorb the wrath of God." And on to "Covenant" (another fav) including, "Oh Bride don't focus on your scar, He's coming for our hearts." Concluding with "Re-creation", a 6-1/2 min track that is mostly Pastor John (Piper) speaking the truth that the Gospel is not just a get-out-of-Hell card; there is so much more, there is the craving of Christ. "Christ suffered once for us - righteous and unrighteous - so that He might bring us to God. That the world was created, that everything was put in place, that the Son would have to come to suffer to die to be raised from the dead to ascend to the Father's right hand ... for the glory of God." In all, it's a 27-min condensed "sermon" written and sung as only Heath could do. Thanks man!

Justin P. Gibson

Heath Hollensbe's 'The Grand Narrative' is Short in Stature but Vast in Depth
I'll be the first to admit that I am no expert at knowing the intricacies of musicianship. Sure, it is beneficial for an album to sound competent both in composition and aesthetics but ultimately what I'm simply looking for is something that sounds good to my ears. Heath Hollensbe's The Grand Narrative takes no shame in reaching across both spectrums and does so with gravitas. This six-track concept EP manages to grab hold of the listener and take them on a 27+ minute journey that ultimately leaves them wanting more. And when an EP manages to do that then it has clearly done its job. -J.P.G.