“The Mission Bell is unafraid to challenge, chide and inspire all at the same time. From cavernous rock anthems full of swagger and scope, to intimate and at times painful confessions of failure and fear, this is worship music with teeth.” –CCM Magazine
“…a soaring Brit-rock worship album and everything you’d expect from the group.” –Worship Leader Magazine
“…fuelled by the unbridled passion of singer Martin Smith…they could be massive.” –Q Magazine
“This is Delirious? doing what they do best-capturing the prophetic heart cry of a generation, setting it to music, and then playing it big and loud.” –Christianity Magazine (UK)
“…a sonic feast that rivals their best work…”–Worship Musician
“The most diverse they've ever been, with a sound recalling Radiohead one moment, straight-up rock with a gospel choir the next, all with elements of a stripped-down, singer-songwriter feel… They still do what they do best—worship.” –Christianity Today (4.5 out of 5 Star review)
“Ten years on, front man Martin Smith has a knack for writing words and melodies that end up on the lips of a million people.” –Relevant Magazine
“The Mission Bell rings out with a defiant note of faith in these troubled times. It will surely resonate in the hearts of tens of thousands.” –crossrhythms.com.uk (10 out of 10 Bars)
“Once again, Delirious? manages to set a standard…” –CMCentral.com
“There is much to enjoy in The Mission Bell that could well deliver the band a new army of worshippers.” – indieLondon
“…raw passion…we’ve been aching for more of this sort of solid worship music...” –SoulShine Magazine (5 out of 5 Star review)
“Delirious? delivers a stellar collection of rock songs on The Mission Bell… that combines exciting music with deeply religious lyrics that lift one body, mind, and soul toward our Creator.” – Group Magazine’s MinistryandMedia.com
The birthday bash Dec. 1 in Durban was full of balloons, party hats, music, dance, food, friendship and ministry. Smiling faces in awe took in the splendor of the celebration, many eating for the first time in days.
“For us, and for the children this day had been just a very small oasis in what for South Africa is an overwhelming problem. The party in itself was great but I knew there was more to this day than just this,” says Tim. “It was about giving them a great time, but it was also about raising funds back home that would further help the work on an ongoing basis to help bring value to these children's lives and to help re-establish them into community. I also discovered too, that this day was about me changing, as there was no way any of us guys in the band will go home without being deeply affected by this experience.”
Money was raised for the event through gifts from Tim’s friends and fans. He sent out invitations for his birthday, informing his guests that they were not actually invited to a party, but instead were invited to give any money they would have spent on gifts and traveling expenses to go towards throwing a party for the children of Durban and the ministry established in South Africa.
Many of these precious children have been orphaned by AIDS, have been left with their wider families, abused and/or thrown out, and have then made their way into the city where they now live on the streets.
“The organization we are involved with as a band, HOPE HIV, is working with the Amos Trust in South Africa in reinstating these children into the community,” says Tim. “They put them into a stable family environment, back into education and give them hope for their future in the midst of this darkness that they live in.”
For more information about the ministry team in Durban visit: www.umthombo.org.
Known as the galvanizing force that changed the face of worship and for its compelling live performances that took them into 23 countries last year alone, Delirious? speaks directly to the Church through The Mission Bell, releasing Dec. 26 on Sparrow Records. Delivering a call of action to all believers, there is a sense of urgency, a challenge to the Church to quit talking about what it believes and to take action with all it’s been given. American audiences will be witness to this sentiment as the band tours the U.S. in April.