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Project 86 Week – Extra – P86’s Ten Best Songs?

Project 86 Week – Extra – P86’s Ten Best Songs?

What are your favorite Project 86 jams? Here are some of mine. Let the debate ensue.

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In The Silence of the Mind – Is there Just Too Much Music?

In The Silence of the Mind – Is there Just Too Much Music?

Today’s world has more music than ever. Are we music fatigued? Is there just too much music?

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Project 86 Week – Day 1

Project 86 Week – Day 1

Our massive Project 86 Week kicks off today in honor of tomorrow’s release of “Knives to the Future.”

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Ten Faith-Based Bands Every Heavy Music Fan Must Listen To

Ten Faith-Based Bands Every Heavy Music Fan Must Listen To

These are the ten faith-based bands that every hard rocker/ metalhead owes it to themselves to check out.

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Apple Puts an End to the iPod Classic

Apple Puts an End to the iPod Classic

Apple quietly put an end to the (much loved) iPod Classic this past week. As you can see in their official store, it is no longer available for sale. That doesn’t mean you can’t find it for sale on sites like eBay, but for the rest of us I think we can safely say… RIP. I am very much still a user of the iPod Classic since that is the connection my car uses, so for me…

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Staff Blog: Brandon Jones – #PrayforCharis

Staff Blog: Brandon Jones – #PrayforCharis

Update: A friend has set up a “Fundraising” page for our family if anyone is interested in helping us out. If you want to stay updated on Charis’s condition please visit this special CaringBridge page set up right here to get daily updates and sign the guestbook. I’ll try to update as frequently as I can. Update on my wife’s condition and her turn for the worse can be found below….What seemed like a routine Sunday afternoon filled with anticipation for the viewing of the new Guardians of the Galaxy film turned into a personal nightmare. Read on for details….

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Staff Blog: Brandon Jones – 2014, A Strong Year in Music, So Far?

Staff Blog: Brandon Jones – 2014, A Strong Year in Music, So Far?

Since weekends are typically slow time of posting here on IVM I figured i’d post a little something for you guys to ponder. I did post this on Facebook to generate some comments so feel free to repost those comments here and join in the discussion right here on IVM.

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20 Years Ago…..

20 Years Ago…..

I posted this on the IVM Facebook page and I am going to re-post it here for discussion purposes. View the pic below and read the text.

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In the Silence of the Mind – Becoming a Band – Part 3: Rebranding – Feat. Seth Hecox of Becoming the Archetype

In the Silence of the Mind – Becoming a Band – Part 3: Rebranding – Feat. Seth Hecox of Becoming the Archetype

In the Silence of the Mind returns from it’s long and silent slumber to tackle one of the great questions of our day… will Community get a sixth season and a movie? Well, actually this is about rebranding…

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In The Silence of the Mind – Becoming a Band – Part 2: What’s in a name?

In The Silence of the Mind – Becoming a Band – Part 2: What’s in a name?

In the Silence of the Mind: March 7, 2014

Being a Band – Part 2 – What’s In a Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The immortal poet William Shakespeare penned these words as a way to point to the deeper meaning that a thing (in this case a rose) was defined by what it was, not what it was called. In the same way, a band is more…

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Questions for The Overseer

Questions for The Overseer

In honor of the sophomore album, “Rest & Let Go”, from The Overseer which comes out on March 4th I will be conducting a written interview with the band. Submit your questions you would like asked here.

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The “In The Silence of the Mind” Interviews – Part 2 (Silverline, My Ransomed Soul, Merge, This City Awaits)

The “In The Silence of the Mind” Interviews – Part 2 (Silverline, My Ransomed Soul, Merge, This City Awaits)

Continuing the “In the Silence of the Mind” Interviews, I pick up with Silverline, This City Awaits, Merge, and My Ransomed Soul.

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The “In The Silence of the Mind” Interviews – (Eyes of Eli, Righteous Vendetta, Southbound Fearing, more)

The “In The Silence of the Mind” Interviews – (Eyes of Eli, Righteous Vendetta, Southbound Fearing, more)

In preparation for this year’s “In the Silence of the Mind” articles, I reached out to some key people in the industry to get their thoughts. This “super interview” compiles the answers from Righteous Vendetta, Eyes of Eil, Dorean Lives, Declaration AD, and Southbound Fearing.

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Streaming Service vs. Streaming Service: Who Will You Choose?

Streaming Service vs. Streaming Service: Who Will You Choose?

In a heated battle between popular streaming services, I am coming to you our most loyal readers to get an opinion on which one you use (if you use one) and what your thoughts on it are. Do you use Spotify, Rdio, Beats, Google Play, iTunes Radio, Pandora, or other new service? Name your service and why YOU like it best. What features do you look for most in selecting a “Streaming” service? What media device do you “stream” these…

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First Listen: With Increase “Death is Inevitable”

First Listen: With Increase “Death is Inevitable”

OH MY GOSH!! Thank you Blood & Ink Records for sending me quite possibly the best HARDCORE release of the past few years. The album is called “Death is Inevitable” and it’s from an on the rise Florida band by the name of With Increase. You fans of that classic 90’s hardcore sound from bands like Focal Point, early Overcome, Strongarm, along with Snapcase, Poison the Well, and Shai Hullud will fall in love with this band’s music. It has that “classic” sound yet they develop it into so much more than just the mundane, over done sound of yesteryear. If you’re hunting for that new band who embraces the hardcore culture and sound, look no further than Florida’s own With Increase. SFHXC 2014

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Super Bowl Weekend 2014

Super Bowl Weekend 2014

As most of you are aware, the biggest sporting event of the year is taking place tomorrow in New Jersey. It is the matchup many of you have been waiting for the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Denver Broncos. If you enjoy football, I am sure you’ll be watching tomorrow. For me, I’m just excited about all the great commercials and movie trailers that’ll air during the event. I have to be honest, I am admitting right now that I…

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In the Silence of the Mind – Being a Band – Part 1 (Featuring Seth Hecox of Becoming the Archetype)

In the Silence of the Mind – Being a Band – Part 1 (Featuring Seth Hecox of Becoming the Archetype)

Lee invites Seth Hecox of Becoming the Archetype to share his thoughts on a key element of being a band, branding. Read on to find out more and see what life would have been like if Magnified Plaid hadn’t rebranded.

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What three shows have made the biggest impact on your life?

What three shows have made the biggest impact on your life?

After we had such awesome discussion regarding the ten most impacting albums, this seemed to be a natural progression. List the three shows that you attended that had the biggest impact on your life. Feel free to share why they had a lasting impact or any fun details from your experiences.

Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now: Bill Power of Blenderhead

Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now: Bill Power of Blenderhead

Check out my new Fast FWD Feature with Bill Power of Blenderhead on his life making music and what he’s been up to lately.

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Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now: Chris Carbonell of Strongarm

Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now: Chris Carbonell of Strongarm

We are following up our Strongarm “Fast FWD” feature with Part 2, this time with Chris Carbonell answering some deep questions. Let’s relive the past and travel back to the time of DIY hardcore spirit and celebrate the accomplishments of this great Florida band.

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Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now: Jason Berggren of Strongarm

Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now: Jason Berggren of Strongarm

I started a feature late last year that sort of fell to the wayside. I apologize for slacking on my job. Here is the latest edition of “Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now” with Jason B. of Strongarm. Enjoy!

 

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What 10 Albums Have Made the Biggest Impact on Your Life?

What 10 Albums Have Made the Biggest Impact on Your Life?

This is a spin off of the Facebook thing floating around that prompts you to list your top 10 favorite albums that have made the biggest impact on your life. List those 10 albums below and let’s start a discussion on what music continues to impact your life. Maybe some of you will find some new bands to check out.

In the Silence of the Mind – Ultimate Christmas Playlist

In our final (?) In the Silence of the Mind for 2013, I examine the ultimate Christmas Music Playlist. Be sure to chime in with your favorite songs!

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In the Silence of the Mind – The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Read

In the Silence of the Mind – The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Read

As Christmas approaches “In the Silence of the Mind” examines the single most important aspect of life, theology, the universe, and everything.

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In the Silence of the Mind – Love Songs to God

In the Silence of the Mind – Love Songs to God

In this edition of “In the Silence of the Mind” we take a look at some songs that are completely passionate “Love Songs to God.”

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In The Silence of the Mind – Positivity, Passion, Power, and Praise (Part 3/3)

In The Silence of the Mind – Positivity, Passion, Power, and Praise (Part 3/3)

In the Silence of the Mind: November 27, 2013

Positivity, Passion, Power, and Praise (Part 2)

Lee Brown: FaceBook l Website l Twitter l Pick up a copy of Lee’s book: Here’s How: An Introduction to Practical Discipleship

Trek back through the Silence: Anthems to Overcome the Grave; Positivity, Passion, Power, and Praise Part 1 l Part 2 ; Purity in the Media Part 1 l Part 2 l Part 3

Happy Thanksgiving to all. With just one more day until Turkey Day,…

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Have Hope My Friends (To Him We Give Thanks)

Have Hope My Friends (To Him We Give Thanks)

Since not a ton of news has been reported today and/or submitted, I felt it appropriate to share a little with you. I have run this site since July of 2000 yet I haven’t talked about my Faith in God and what it means to me nearly enough. Faith is something of the utmost importance and something I hold dear to my heart. I grew up in a Christian household and I accepted the Lord as my savior at the…

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In the Silence of the Mind – Positivity, Passion, Power, and Praise (Part 2)

In the Silence of the Mind – Positivity, Passion, Power, and Praise (Part 2)

Part two of our investigation into a positively powerful playlist continues with Project 86, Audio Adrenaline, For Today, Blindside, and more.

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In the Silence of the Mind – Positivity, Passion, Power, and Praise (Part 1)

In the Silence of the Mind – Positivity, Passion, Power, and Praise (Part 1)

There are songs that proclaim your death, and there are songs that speak life. In the Silence of the Mind examines some songs that speak life that you need to listen to when you’re down or when you just need a little pick me up.

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In The Silence of the Mind – Anthems to Overcome the Grave

In The Silence of the Mind – Anthems to Overcome the Grave

In honor of Living Sacrifice’s track “Sudden,” In the Silence of the Mind examines the best songs out there for overcoming the fear of death.

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In the Silence of the Mind – Thinking/Over/Thinking – Part 4

In the Silence of the Mind – Thinking/Over/Thinking – Part 4

In the Silence of the Mind concludes our Thinking/Over/Thinking series with a powerful challenge.

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Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now: The Altar Boys

Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now: The Altar Boys

Welcome to another new installment of our new feature, “Fast FWD: What They’re Up 2 Now”. Today’s edition will focus in on legendary Christian punk pioneer and vocalist/guitarist for The Altar Boys, Clash of Symbols, and currently: The Altar Billies.

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In the Silence of the Mind – Thinking/Over/Thinking – Part 3

In the Silence of the Mind – Thinking/Over/Thinking – Part 3

In the Silence of the Mind continues our trek though the way we think about ourselves on route to what we think about others.

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In the Silence of the Mind – Thinking/Over/Thinking – Part 2

In the Silence of the Mind – Thinking/Over/Thinking – Part 2

In the Silence of the Mind: October 25, 2013

Thinking/Over/Thinking – Part 2 – Thinking about Ourselves

Lee Brown: FaceBook l Website l Twitter l Pick up a copy of Here’s How

Trek back through the Silence: Thinking over Thinking Part 1Pastor’s Appreciation Month Part 1 l Part 2 l Purity in the Media Part 1 l Part 2 l Part 3
“I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one

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Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now: Dogwood

Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now: Dogwood

I announced a little while back a new feature that would appear on IVM called “Fast FWD-What They’re Up 2 Now” which would give a little insight on former bands and their members. Well it has become a little bit more involved process and is taking a little longer than expected. I did however manage to get our very first interview done with Josh Kemble of Dogwood. Check out what Josh is up to these days along with a discussion on all things Dogwood.

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In the Silence of the Mind – Thinking/Over/Thinking – Part 1

In the Silence of the Mind – Thinking/Over/Thinking – Part 1

The In the Silence of the Mind column starts taking us on a journey into… our minds. Don’t miss it.

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In the Silence of the Mind – Here’s How to “Double Honor” Your Pastor this Month

In the Silence of the Mind – Here’s How to “Double Honor” Your Pastor this Month

Part two of our look at pastor’s appreciation month is here. To conclude this series, we look at how to “double honor” your pastor.

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In the Silence of the Mind – Here’s How to Destroy Your Pastor (w/ Book Excerpt)

In the Silence of the Mind – Here’s How to Destroy Your Pastor (w/ Book Excerpt)

In honor of Pastor’s Appreciation Month, this edition of “In the Silence of the Mind” examines how you can destroy your pastor, their ministry, and their sanity. Fun times had by all.

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In the Silence of the Mind: Purity in the Media – Part 3

In the Silence of the Mind: Purity in the Media – Part 3

In the Silence of the Mind: September 27th, 2013
Purity in the Media: Part 3.
Lee Brown: FaceBook l Website l Twitter
“Music is God’s gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven.”
- Walter Savage Landor
Now, I know my thought for today won’t be a popular one. Anytime a “preacher/teacher” speaks out about questioning our media…

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Fast FWD: What They’re Up 2 Now – Feature Coming Soon

Fast FWD: What They’re Up 2 Now – Feature Coming Soon

I am proud to introduce a new feature I am working called “Fast FWD: What They’re Up 2 Now”. It’s essentially a Where Are They Now type deal where we dive into the past, present, and future of these legendary song makers. I have already sent off questions to members of Strongarm, Focused, Dogwood, and The Altar Boys. The possibilities are endless for future features and there is a wide variety of artists to choose from. I am thinking of…

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