Final Notice

by The Metal Monks

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Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord And He shall lift you up Higher and higher And He shall lift you up Out of the pit of hell He shall lift you up Up into heaven He shall lift you up Jesus loves me, this I know For the Bible tells me so Little ones to Him belong They are weak, but He is strong Yes, Jesus loves me Yes, Jesus loves me Yes, Jesus loves you Yes, Jesus loves you.
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Can't you see Him hanging On a cross made out of wood? The nails were hard and real And you could touch them if you would Can't you understand Just what He did for you and I? How He paid for our forgiveness When He came to earth to die Oh, oh, can't you see that He loves you? Oh, oh, can't you understand He loves you? Once I caught a glimpse Out of the corner of my eye Of the cross; but I never will forget What I saw there On His lips he formed a word Through tears and agony it came I listened to Him there And then I heard Him speak my name Oh, oh, can't you see that He loves you? Oh, oh, can't you understand He loves you?
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Out of this living hell I have called your name I will carry you I will bear your shame I breathed your first breath into you I gave you more than you ever knew All I could give I freely gave But indépendance wrapped its chain In tightening circles round your brain You chose to run I chose to bear the pain Out of your living hell I have called your name I will carry you I will bear your shame So let the prisoner now break free Let the blind man's eyes now see Let the fearful one God's mercy now receive You are the slaves of what you serve False gods get what they deserve But I will save all those who call to Me Out of your living hell I have called your name I will carry you I will bear your shame Out of your living hell I have called your name I will carry you I will bear your shame ...
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Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True and in righteousness He judges and makes war His eyes were like a flame of fire And on His head were many crowns He had a name written that no one knew except Himself He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood And His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen White and clean, followed Him on white horses Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword That with it He should strike the nations And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron He Himself treads the winepress Of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. These are the true sayings of God Blessed is he who is called These are the true sayings of God Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven Having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old Who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years And he cast him into the bottomless pit And shut him up, and set a seal on him So that he should deceive the nations no more Till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while And I saw thrones, and they sat on them And judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded For their witness to Jesus and for the word of God Who had not worshiped the beast or his image And had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years These are the true sayings of God Blessed is he who is called These are the true sayings of God Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away Also there was no more sea Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem Coming down out of heaven from God Prepared as a bride adorned for her husband And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things And I will be his God and he shall be My son." These are the true sayings of God Blessed is he who is called These are the true sayings of God Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord These are the true sayings of God When the Son comes down When the Son comes down ...
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Hear Our Cry 08:41
We are messengers of the Light Ambassadors of the Most High God This world is not our home The Kingdom of God is where we belong Hear our cry ...
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“Man of Sorrows!” what a name For the Son of God, who came Ruined sinners to reclaim Hallelujah, what a Saviour Hallelujah, what a Saviour Bearing shame and scoffing rude In my place condemned He stood Sealed my pardon with His blood Hallelujah, what a Saviour Hallelujah, what a Saviour Guilty, vile, and helpless we Spotless Lamb of God was He “Full atonement!” can it be? Hallelujah, what a Saviour Hallelujah, what a Saviour Lifted up was He to die “It is finished!” was His cry Now in Heav’n exalted high Hallelujah, what a Saviour Hallelujah, what a Saviour When He comes, our glorious King All His ransomed home to bring Then anew His song we’ll sing Hallelujah, what a Saviour Hallelujah, what a Saviour
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The Eastern world, it is explodin' Violence flarin', bullets loadin' You're old enough to kill but not for votin' You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin'? And even the Jordan river has bodies floatin' But you tell me over and over and over again my friend Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction Don't you understand what I'm trying to say? Can't you feel the fear that I'm feeling today? If the button is pushed, there's no running away There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave Take a look around you boy, it's bound to scare you, boy But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction Yeah, my blood's so mad, feels like coagulatin' I'm sittin' here just contemplatin' I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation Handful of Senators don't pass legislation And marches alone can't bring integration When human respect is disintegratin' This whole crazy world is just too frustratin' And you tell me over and over and over again my friend Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction Think of all the hate there is in Red China Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama Ah, you may leave here for four days in space But when you return, it's the same old place The poundin' of the drums, the pride and disgrace You can bury your dead but don't leave a trace Hate your next door neighbor but don't forget to say grace And you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend You don't believe we're on the eve of destruction You don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.
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Untouchables 04:10

about

Final Notice was the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) base in downtown Vancouver circa 1988-89. Situated at Granville and Helmcken in one of the darker corners of the city, Final Notice emerged from the five-month School of Evangelism (SOE) held in a Reformed church in East Van. Besides classes and ministry to street youth, our SOE also included a month in Chicago with Jesus People USA and two months of outreach (preaching, music ministry, puppetry) in India.

During that selfsame SOE the Metal Monks were born, serving as the original house band at Final Notice for our many services, as well as leading "Feast for the Least" concerts and playing any other venues open to Monk Metal. Whilst in Chicago, the band recorded the four-song EP "When the Son Comes Down" (tracks 1-4, remastered for this collection).

All of these tracks were recorded to cassette tape and have been in the upkeep of Doug Peterson, archivist par excellence who, besides schlepping the tapes around over his journeyman life has, moreover, hung onto the only copies of tracks 5-14 these past three decades.

(Doug has recently spearheaded another unique 80s Christian music reclamation project on Bandcamp, Crossroads & Beyond):
crossroadsandbeyond.bandcamp.com

Behind the board for tracks 6, 7, 11-13 was Randy "Bear" Lacey. Randy, in my humble opinion the best treasure to come out of the crucible that was Final Notice. He pre-dated the SOE students and was one of the first street kids Victor and Nathan initially connected with. I'm proud to say of both Randy and Doug that we've remained friends these 33 years.

With regards to his career as a techie, in Randy's own words, "I believe I was voluntold I would be the sound guy for the wandering minstrels aka The Metal Monks/Final Notice. That's a lot of blame if it sounds terrible. I'm ok with it." (For the record, we're ok with it too, Brother).

Returning to the Metal Monks and their short-lived, illustrious rise and fade into oblivion: Lane left the band, Tim took his place on acoustic guitar, then Nathan and Tim both left, leaving Victor and Sean, the latter of whom was unceremoniously replaced on lead vocals by the superior-singing Scott from Montreal.

Sean dropped back to straight bass, joined by Jim on electric guitar and Roxanne on keyboards. They, along with Victor on drums and Scott on lead vox/acoustic guitar, formed the Final Notice Band (of which no known recordings are extant) and were all part of our second (and last) SOE.

The Metal Monks -- with their vision and grand aspirations, elaborated upon in Doug's interview (track 14) -- officially and without fanfare ceased operations in early '89. The Final Notice Band, which in a sense morphed out of the Monks, played together into the Spring of '89 when the base closed. For many, it marked the end of an era.

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released August 28, 2021

Album cover: Final Notice sign above the door of Granville YWAM base, drawn/coloured (red and black indelible ink on white) by Sean O'Leary

The Metal Monks (1988-89)
Victor Brassard: drums, vocals
Nathan Rieger: electric guitar, vocals
Lane Walker: acoustic guitar, vocals
Sean O'Leary: vocals, fretless bass
Tim Bacon: acoustic guitar

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