listen to the new track, ‘exorcist’ from kevin max

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Friday, October 29th, 2010

listen to the new track, ‘exorcist’ from kevin max

today, via a newly launched (and admittedly atrocious, flash-based) website, kevin max released a new special track for halloween, titled exorcist. long-time fans of max know that halloween—for him—is the near equivalent of yom kippur for jews. ok, that may be a little strong…but only a little. 🙂

the track is good. not great, but good. it’s very cinematic and no doubt, it charismatically nods to halloween (a.k.a. it’s a little over-the-top). in describing the track’s meaning, via his tumblr, max writes,

The song was written as a love song, ‘The Exorcist’ being the person trying to get the negativity in their partner to rise to the surface, and eventually throw it out entirely. It can also be taken literally, in the spiritual sense, an ‘Exorcist’ can be anyone who seeks to help a person with some form of possession be it demonic or otherwise. The Roman Catholic church has sanctioned ‘Exorcism’s’ through time, but the original ‘Exorcist’ was Christ himself-throwing out demons in the name of the Father. I like to look at this song as more of a poem, and when i wrote it, it wasn’t to be taken in literal application, but more of a romantic dalliance between two tortured souls.

so there you go. very kevin max-ish.

without further ado, here’s kevin max’s exorcist:


  1. Anonymous says:

    YOU SIR, HAVE ATROCIOUS TASTE. As the song is indeed on the weak side, the website is dramatically impressive. What's a matter? Make your site feel a little limp in the wrist?

  2. Anonymous says:

    You are ridiculous! The new Kevin Max website is phenomenal. The track is not weak. Why must you throw your blanket of bad taste over wonderful art? The website is original, visually stunning and reminiscent of the music and the man himself. Your blogs bore me… And many other of my friends.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Agreed all! The website is fantastic! As a web developer for a record label I must say that the graphics are pitch perfect for the project and image that is Kevin Max. Hell, I'd even ask the dude who created the site for a few pointers. As for the track itself, intriguing. It will never be played on the radio but it is most suitably made for cinema.

  4. christen says:

    you three need to get a grip…and some taste. please and thank you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    suppose I must get a grip as well. I think the song is great and the website is great. Strange? My wife often tells me I have very good taste.

    Steven Pickler

    (don't have a google ID sorry.)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Ahh, Christen, you are Ryan's wife, the blogger who created this fun little scandal. Pretty bold and bias of you to tell all of these folk to "get some taste". After all, your husband speaks his mind. If you dish, you must take. Please and thank you. With all do respect.


  7. Katlyn B. says:

    As an avid reader of Ryan's blog I did find it rude to use the word "atrocious" when critiquing one's art, especially as believers in Christ. We are not here to put down. Pastor Byrd, the graphics on the website (which I find AMAZING as well as the single, just my opinion) are a foreshadowing of KM'S graphic novel "Fiefdom Of Angels"(sp?) All seems to be leading up to the book. God bless your ministry.

    Katlyn Brewster
    Sacramento, CA

  8. ryanByrd says:

    ok, this is some good stuff. i've laughed heartily as i've read these comments. thanks for keeping it fun. i appreciate the feedback. 🙂

    yes, some people do need to get a grip and maybe some perspective. this was a post about a new track that i like so much that i dedicated an entire post to it—much like the last 2 years of posting about newly released kevin max tracks.

    for perspective, you should probably go read this blog post about my brief music history (it includes a free, downloadable mix of max's music).

    regardless of how much i love kevin max's music (and consider him one of my top 2 or 3 all-time favorite artists), it's fair to offer a critique of a shockingly bad website. in addition to pastoring a church, i'm a full-time graphic designer, so i'm particularly interested in the accompanying visuals to the music. in this case, they're just bad. trust me, i hate to say it, but it makes it no less true.

    all points-of-view are more than welcome here, but it might serve us all well to peruse the history of this blog to get some perspective.

    thanks for visiting! (and enjoy the new kmax song.) 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    Very much enjoying the Kevin Max single AND his new site! Can't imagine a person who cannot recognize fantastic visual art? No offence to you, but if you are a graphic designer as well what is your excuse for this site? Don't get you man. Go to a movie. Look at a movie poster.

  10. Bryan Jones says:

    I agree with Reverend Byrd! Max is an amazing artist, but flash websites are sucky, sucky.

    Oh, and church harvest festivals are Satan's gateway drugs.

  11. Anonymous says:

    sucky sucky because you lack advanced technology. What year is this? '94, '95?

  12. Anonymous says:

    the website looks like an early 80s arcade game. it's terrible!

  13. Anonymous says:

    What arcade did you go to? THE WEBSITE IS AWESOME! Haha! This discussion is hilarious. Not to mention the fact that Rev. Byrd back tracked on his take of the single. All of the sudden he loves it! Kevin Max exudes CURRENT art, culture and style. Been to Europe anyone? Read a magazine that doesn't have Switchfoot or Jars of Clay in it?

  14. Anonymous says:

    wow wow wow! I want in on this one! Love you Pastor Byrd but I have to go with the "graphic novel" look to the site. I think we should look back a few comments ago and remind ourselves that Kevin Max has written a graphic novel. The art design reflects the book. Go to KM's tumblr page and see for yourself:

    Peace and love Rev.!

    Marty Cantone

  15. erniebufflo says:

    I'm no graphic designer, but I have eyes. And Kevin Max's website is eye-burningly ugly.

    But, big ups to Ryan, for finally making me realize that I had Kevin Max confused with Toby Mac all this time. I didn't understand why a guy with such great taste would love crap, but then I realized he wasn't talking about Toby Mac. So, thanks Ryan, for having great taste in design AND music and not hyping Toby Mac all over the place.

  16. Bryan Jones says:

    It's cute when Christians judge others anonymously. (that way Jesus doesn't know who's sinning)

  17. Anonymous says:

    I am a Christian. My name is MICHAEL WISNER. I am not anonymous. I am a graphic designer and photoshop instructor. GREAT WEBSITE. Ugly? Because it's not christiany and bland. Great guys. One more reason the rest of the world thinks we're backward. How about we get off the website topic and onto the song. Pretty good. I'm a mainstream guy myself but this is a god tune.

    Are these posts backing the pastor's opinion from his friends/family? No judgment. Just very oddly the same.


  18. Bryan Jones says:

    His holiness, Monsignor Byrd, would never judge another's taste. I know this, because I have met him once, and at that meeting he did not judge my cargo shorts and cowboy boots.

    What Byrd is taking to task is the employment of a Flash site. The year is 2010, and flash sites are the realm of educational software and the narcissism of frustrated, unemployed film producers. Code has advanced beyond the heavy resource demands (both $$ and CPU cycles) of flash.

  19. boots mc says:

    that website is the internet version of an ed hardy tshirt.

    it's just tacky.

    that is all.

  20. christen says:

    1. can we please stop with the "pastor byrd?" i can't handle it.

    2. he does not back track his opinion. in fact, i (his wife) have expressed that i dislike the song…and he has been arguing with me. he says it's good, not great, but good. how is that bad? this is probably the least he's ever liked a kmax song…and he still likes it.

    3. let's give a little more history of ryan's love for kevin max…
    • our son is named Max. coincidence…i think not.
    • i have a kevin max song title engraved in my wedding ring.
    • we have driven hundreds of miles and spent tons of money on kmax concerts.
    • of all the money ryan has ever spent, he's probably spent the most on kevin max music.

    4. we rarely listen to christian music in this house as most of it is horrible. as is most all christian art and design.

    5. do you know how many times i've told ryan i disliked one of his designs? many times….and he lived through it. and he's done the same to my designs. this is the word of design. so everyone can get your panties out of a wad, and move on with your life. i don't think kevin max is going to cry himself to sleep over this.

    6. i dislike anonymous comments.

    so thank you for all your comments and judgements, we appreciate them 🙂

  21. melissa says:

    These comments are better than fight club or the Eat Arkansas blog flamewars. Thanks Pastor Byrd. (sorry I couldn't resist)

    Eh fine song, feh website. IT doesn't hurt my retinas but I'm not pimping it anytime soon

  22. Kimberly says:

    ‎1. I will henceforth only refer to you as "His holiness, Monsignor Byrd"

    2. I ♥ Christen.

    3. Thanks to the absurdity of this conversation, I am now going to pull out my Squad Five-0 cds, just so I can compete…

  23. Kimberly says:

    …and, yes, for the record, I have blogged about Squad Five-0:

  24. Anonymous says:

    Ok before you read "anonymous" please know that i dont have a blog identification photo. i too downloaded to kevin max single. i have been enjoying it very, very much (especially in my car on the way to work this morning). this conversation has gotten very sour. now everyone is just art bashing because it seems to be the thing to do if you know ryan byrd. i called my wife over to the computer last nigh to look at the website. that's how incredible i thought it was. flash or no flash. no matter. just a difference of opinion. thank you for letting us share.

    Tim Gordon

  25. Anonymous says:

    Love everyone here and love the ol' K Max! Bold move naming a song "Excorsist" Haven't downloaded yet. Just heard the first few seconds on his site. I'm an art lover. I see nothing "tacky" about a website tailored to fit a specific ethereal theme (for a book and album). Not discounting anyone's opinion. I've just never seen anything like it. That throne is killer. Please don't hurt me ; = ) Much respect Ryan!

    Kyle Rowe

  26. Elliott Morgan says:

    Whoever said it looks like an Ed Hardy shirt is a correct. It does. But just because flash isn't used as much these days doesn't mean every site has to be groundbreaking in design.

    I think if the Flash works, it works. Whether it works in its current state at is debatable. It's certainly not as professional looking as it could be.

    Also, awesome to know there are other huge Kevin Max fans out there. REPRESENT.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Agreed Elliot. But I think what we're all missing here is that his visual effects are gearing up for his graphic novel "FOA". It would make perfect sense if his artwork on the new site (not even the final site. Kevin said it would change after halloween and if you take notice, it's only 2 pages. No bio, album history, etc.) So as far as "professional looking", how could it be when the graphics are suppose to look kind of like a comic book. That's what a graphic novel means! I think it's a great marketing plan! As a comic book reader his graphics are out of this world. It's just that I think everybody was expecting different.

    Rock on Kevin my man! Favorite artist of ALL time! And thanx for this forum Ryan!


    Carl Morgan

  28. yehonatan says:

    the song is wonderful kmax, you are the best singer in the world.

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