[note by author: The left cover is the one from the MP3-only release and the right one is that of the CD promo.]
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." (Wikipedia, 2010.).
This sentence is the 16th verse in Chapter 3 of the Book of John, and thus the biblical quote that the project name refers to. The album is purely instrumental and there doesn't seem to be any biographies on the Internet that give any clues as to why Angie, the person behind the one-man project, chose this theme. However, the title of the final track somehow seems like an ironic comment to me. It lasts a mere 38 seconds, as if to say "yeah, right!" On the other hand there is seven tracks and that's a holy number according to Judea-Christian beliefs. No matter how you view it, the only conclusion I feel comfortable in drawing is that everything is much too vague to be certain.
The music contains both calm drones and floating dark ambient. It is in many cases very similar to the style of Fall of the Grey-Winged One, though John 3:16 have a sound that's a bit more distinct. There are some parts, in particular on 'The Price of Redemption', that can almost be claimed to be drone/doom in the Sunn O)))-vein. The general sound is ethereal and with a feeling of being overwhelmed, but other than that I can't find anything that connects it to the verse above. The composers intentions and motives remain in quite dense mist.
The marked for this release within the doom community is probably limited to those who like Fall of the Grey-Winged One and some similar stuff. This is a release for those who prefer music with a void-like feeling of astral waves.
1. Who Am I
2. The Price of Redemption
3. The Marks of Sin
4. Eternal Life
5. Whosoever Believeth
6. Shall Not Perish
7. ...Justice Served
Duration : Approx. 44 minutes.
Visit the John 3:16 bandpage.