Christian Rock Group Hammers Out A Message In Metal

November 10, 1991|By Jodi Bizar | Jodi Bizar,Contributing writer

You'll find Edgewood resident William Wojcik spreading the word of God from center stage.

You may not be able to actually hear all thewords. They have a way of getting drowned out by the pulse of the heavy metal rock music that accompanies Wojcik.

As the lead singer for the Christian rock music band Two Edged Sword, Wojcik, 30, sees the music as the perfect medium for spreading the word of Jesus Christ to teens.

"This is music that glorifies God," said bass player Wayne Keller, 27, of Abingdon.

He said that while the four-member band intends to teach youth about faith, "We're not recruiters for any church."

The Harford-based band played Monday night at Logo's Restaurant Strand Room in Fallston before the International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen.

Band members said they had to tone down their usual heavy metal sound because they were playing for an older audience.

They hope to hold a concert at C. Milton High School in the next few months.

They have already performed for teen-agers at Tollgate Mall and the Bel Air Youth Center, in addition to a show at Club K, a non-alcoholic club in Essex.

Band members attend the Chesapeake Covenant Church in Joppa, a nondenominational church.

Wojcik, who also writes songs for the group, describes the band's music as progressive hard rock 'n' roll, including ballads set to heavy metal music.

Themes for the songs are religious,and sometimes attempt to dissuade teens from using drugs.

One of the songs, titled "Kenny," tells of a friend of Wojcik's who died of an overdose.

"The youth are our future," Keller said. "And there'sso many bad influences in high school and in junior high school. Andthe schools have washed their hands in terms of morality."

He said setting religious philosophy to rock music enables young adults to relate to it.

"It shows them that you could become a Christian butyou are not doomed to a life of short hair and ties. You can be cooland know the Savior," Keller said.

Rhythm guitarist and back-up vocalist Brian Wojcik, 28, of Edgewood, says the band's hip aura helpsdraw their audience they are trying to reach. "If they saw us in tuxedos, they wouldn't come hear us."

Band members sport long hair and earrings.

Band members say their personal experiences as teens have strongly influenced their desire to show teens that there is a better life to be found in Christian beliefs. "I was a real messed up character in high school," said William Wojcik. "I was a nasty little kid."

By age 10, Wojcik said, he was a user of amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana and other drugs. He said he ran away from home fora while when he was 13, stealing when he could, and he dropped out of high school. Since then he has gone back and received a GED.

Wojcik blames his former drug use, in part, on his home life, but adds that peer pressure and cultural influences also encouraged him to use drugs.

Now married, the father of two and holding a steady job as truck driver for Martin's Potato, Wojcik said a turning point came for him when he saw a movie titled, "Thief in the Night" at a Baptist church in Baltimore. It was then, he says, that he decided religious faith was going to be the conduit he would use to quit drugs and become a better person.

He started a prayer group that eventually led to starting a rock band with members of the prayer group. The Wojciks,Keller and John Bomhardt make up the band.

Currently the band performs once a month, but band members hope to increase their shows to once a week. And they are also in the process of making their first CD.

"We have some exceptional ability in our group," Wojcik said.

Bomhardt, 20, of Edgewood, is the band's drummer despite the fact that he is 84 percent deaf in one ear and 94 percent deaf in the other.

"I can hear a little sound," he said. "But mostly I read lips." Bomhardt, who was born with impaired hearing, has been playing drums since he was a toddler. By the time he was 4 he was already taking lessons.

He manages to play music by listening carefully to bass sounds, which he can hear, and by "reading" the hands of the guitar players.

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