Church-go­ing Jody mixes up some hot Chris­tian metal

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - By KRIS DANDO

Jody Mor­timer is an­other ex­am­ple of a Porirua mu­si­cian try­ing to make an im­pact out of his clut­tered spare bed­room.

There, the Chris­tian metal singer has a mi­cro­phone and mix­ing deck set up to record his mu­sic. He has plenty of ma­te­rial left over from his most re­cent band’s record­ings, but is al­ways striv­ing to make a more orig­i­nal sound.

Un­der the moniker Sergeant Christ, Mor­timer has pro­duced a two-song CD, fea­tur­ing songs Run to the Cross and Hor­ror. It took him about three months work­ing in his Siev­ers Grove home.

‘‘I’ve been in hard rock, punk and thrash metal bands and the mu­sic I’m pro­duc­ing now is mix­ing all that to­gether to come up with a dif­fer­ent sound. I’ve had the songs there for a while, it was just a case of re-record­ing the vo­cals.’’

The songs have a Chris­tian theme, with Mor­timer a reg­u­lar church- goer, and he says the Chris­tian metal genre is go­ing strong. He hopes to make a mu­sic video for one of the songs in Porirua, but the costs and red tape to film it are pro­hib­i­tive at this stage.

‘‘I’m really keen to make one based on Franken­stein, I love the old hor­ror movies.’’

There are no plans to play any­where live, with Sergeant Christ just ‘‘a stu­dio band’’ at this point, but Mor­timer is keen to record a full al­bum in the fu­ture.

While the Sergeant Christ songs are not avail­able to lis­ten to on­line yet, they can be pur­chased for $7 from Lo-Cost Records in Pe­tone.

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