Lead Us Forth

Lead Us Forth

 Auckland, Auckland, NZL
BandMetalAlternative

Lead Us Forth is a progressive metalcore band which offers a message of hope conveyed through uplifting melodies, intricate riffs and compelling lyrics.

Biography

Lead Us Forth is a metal band born in Auckland, New Zealand with a passion for heavy music that holds a melodic edge and a progressive influence in its songs. It is forged from a desire to speak out a message of hope and encouragement from a platform of intelligent and intense music. The band formed in 2010 by vocalist, Kent Hartmann and guitarist, Luke Welten who started writing songs while studying at a performing arts school. Lead Us Forth then went through several line-up changes before it was completed with the additions of Andrew Rush (guitar), Thomas Butler (bass), and Tom Yates (he hits things).

Each of the members of Lead Us Forth come from various backgrounds of musical influence, spanning jazz and gospel to hardcore and various forms of metal. They strive to bring to the table a sound that is fresh and also incorporates elements which lie outside the box of what is traditionally metal. Offering crushing riffs, and memorable grooves, Lead Us Forth is an upcoming band that demands attention.

Common factors that unite humanity are their experiences, their losses, victories, hopes and failures, and within the lyrics of Lead Us Forth lies a resounding call that even in the midst of brokenness and darkness, the light of redemption and purpose can be found. The journey of a band endeavouring to take its music to the masses is not a road easy to travel, but it is one that Lead Us Forth has chosen to embark on with resolve and purpose.

Lyrics

Cause Brings Effect

Written By: Kent Hartmann, 2011

This carries on, so unrelenting,
Tearing, burning, raging!
There is no rest here
I have come to accept, what I’ve done, and where I stand!

Looking inside, I see so much wrong
I want to throw it away
But attempts to escape never cause the problems to fade

Cause brings effect, and I’m the cause!
Cause brings effect, and I’m the cause!

I’m the resting place of consequence,
I have so much to answer for
Now gained is the realization
I’ve fallen so far short

I won’t see the end to this,
Until I yield to You

There is only one way to be free,
And as sure as the sun rises, it’s not found in me

How easily distraction clutches me,
Trying to pull me down from the way of truth
I’ve done this all alone, and now I see
Travelling in circles won’t lead me to You

I won’t see the end to this,
Until I yield to You
I won’t find resolution
Until I embrace You!

Cause brings effect, and I’m the cause!
Cause brings effect, and I’m the cause!

Forge A Revolution

Written By: Kent Hartmann, 2011

I’ve seen the darkness that is tainting this world
And I’ve felt its cold and choking grip round my throat
But I refuse to be enslaved by the compromise I see
Lord save me from becoming a fallen casualty

So tear everything off that tries to hold me down,
And kill the selfish greed that is dwelling inside of me
I realise I can’t do this on my own
Treading water gets you nowhere!

Oh God!
Forge a revolution in my heart (x3)

Let your uprising take over in me!
Teach me Your Way of Life, Come and breathe!

This is my act of resistance!
To live this life in love.

There is so much that is grieving to see,
So much wrong in this world that makes us bleed

But I know there is hope, and I fully believe,
I can see a change, but it starts within me!

Forge a revolution in my heart (x2)

Let your uprising take over in me!
Teach me Your Way of Life, Come and breathe!

This is my act of resistance!
To live this life in love.
This is my act of resistance!
To live this life in love.

Rise of The Devoted

Written By: Kent Hartmann, 2011

I want to see the wayward sons and daughters come running home
I want to see the broken and the hurting, find healing and hope

There is truth that outshines, every lie
And freedom that can liberate, every life

And I want to see an army arise,
With fire in their eyes
Devotion to their Maker,
That consumes their minds

I want to see the love, of the Saviour, invade every heart,
And the power of His sacrifice break strongholds apart

For there is truth that outshines, every lie
And freedom that can liberate, every life

I want to see Your Army arise!
I want to see Your Army arise!
Raise us up!

Love and Sacrifice

Written By: Kent Hartmann, 2011

Our war is not waged by shedding blood with our hands,
But by living in love and making a stand,
Against the corruption that is tainting man,

We won’t give in to the hate staring us in the face every day!
And we won’t compromise to the traits glaring us in the face every day!

For too long now we have lived this way
Pointing the finger but we’re the ones to blame
As selfish as close minded,
Boasting in ourselves, we live like we’re blinded

Can we be the change we want to see?
Are we willing to go where others don’t care to be?
What difference will we make if we don’t look to see?
Reaching out with the hope that we believe

What difference will we make if we don’t learn to love?
If we don’t care?
We can make an impact if we just stop judging!

Retrace! Retrace!
It’s time that we retrace!
And face, and face,
The myriad of our mistakes

We are called to live the Better Way,
Following the footsteps of the Greatest alive
On a path etched with purpose
May our lives reflect His Sacrifice

Can we be the change we want to see?
Are we willing to go where others don’t care to be?
What difference will we make if we don’t look to see?
Reaching out with the hope that we believe

If our faith doesn’t change the way we live,
The way we live is meaningless!
If our faith doesn’t change the way we live,
The way we live is meaningless!

Love!
Love and Sacrifice!
Lord help us follow!

Discography

The Wayward EP (Summer 2012/13)

Set List

As We Rise (intro)
Love and Sacrifice
Rise of the Devoted
Forge A Revolution
Cause Brings Effect