The Altar And The Door

The Altar And The Door

by Casting CrownsCasting Crowns


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Expectations ran sky-high for Casting Crowns' third studio album following a couple of years as Contemporary Christian Music's best-selling and most-played artist. The looming question wasn't whether lead singer and songwriter Mark Hall would drastically change his formula -- that was doubtful after the group's first two albums were certified Platinum faster than any other artist in CCM history (Jars of Clay was the only other group to accomplish the feat). The question for fans was whether or not the runaway success would change the band's heart. Casting Crowns rose to prominence due to Hall's "painful but true" storytelling of the Christian condition and his comforting calls to reform. The Altar and the Door picked up where Lifesong left off, this time with a slightly greater dose of rock. This time around, songs centered on the disconnect between the faith believers feel during worship and the doubt that plagues them during the rigors of daily life. In other words, how to overcome the spirit being willing but the flesh being weak. Where former albums drew their strength from ballads and AC pop, Altar gave the world upbeat rock classics. The first three tracks showcase more grunge guitar than could be heard on all of Lifesong. "What This World Needs" is a tense, fast-paced rocker that opens the album with the same urgency as Jars of Clay's "Work." "Every Man" and "Slow Fade" also draw on mature rock themes. The band still offers a handful of its signature ballads, reaching a pinnacle on "The World Is Alive" and "I Know You're There." Casting Crowns gave fans no reason to be disappointed on The Altar and the Door, and anyone living under a rock who was unfamiliar with the band at the time of its release would find little to dispel the group's reign among CCM artists.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2007
Label: Reunion
UPC: 0602341011723
catalogNumber: 10117
Rank: 47578


  1. What This World Needs
  2. Every Man
  3. Slow Fade
  4. East to West
  5. The World Is Alive
  6. The Altar and the Door
  7. Somewhere in the Middle
  8. I Know You're There
  9. Prayer for a Friend
  10. All Because of Jesus

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Casting Crowns   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Mark Hall   Vocals,Group Member
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Cello
Monisa Angell   Viola
Jim Gray   Conductor
Tonya Nolan   Guest Appearance
Gunnar Miller   Guest Appearance
Logan Miller   Guest Appearance
Madison Miller   Guest Appearance
Juan DeVevo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Hector Cervantes   Electric Guitar,Group Member
Melodee DeVevo   Violin,Background Vocals,Group Member
Chris Huffman   Bass,Group Member
Megan Garrett   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Group Member
Stefan Petrescu   Violin
Chris Farrell   Viola

Technical Credits

Steven Curtis Chapman   Composer
Blair Masters   Contribution
Dale Oliver   Engineer,Contribution
Mark Hall   Composer,Author
Bobby Huff   Contribution
Terry Hemmings   Executive Producer
Bernie Herms   Composer,String Arrangements,Contribution
Nichole Nordeman   Composer
Adam Nitti   Contribution
Mark Adam Miller   Audio Production
Tim Parker   Art Direction
Steve Fee   Composer
Stephanie McBrayer   Art Direction
Hector Cervantes   Composer
Michael Hewitt   Engineer

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