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This Patch of Sky – S/T

Review : This Patch of Sky – S/T

As a fan of instrumental post-rock, this is the kind of album I will keep coming back to. Read on for the full review.

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Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate

Review : Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate

One of the most underrated bands on the planet creates their finest work to date.

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Thousand Foot Krutch – Oxygen: Inhale

Review : Thousand Foot Krutch – Oxygen: Inhale

Thousand Foot Krutch follow their career defining “The End is Where We Begin” with a more somber offering in “Oxygen: Inhale.” A spiritual successor to “The Art of Breaking,” TFK fans are in for a ride with this incredibly faith affirming album. But, will the more somber tone alienate those who were drawn in by their more raucous recent offering? Read on to find out more.

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Darkness Divided – Written In Blood

Review : Darkness Divided – Written In Blood

The record oozes nostalgia as it channels the pure things that made metalcore shine in the early 2000s. Guitar solos, stellar clean vocals, and an overall gritty tone abound on this wonderfully fun record.

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House of Heroes – Smoke EP

Review : House of Heroes – Smoke EP

Recently independent House of Heroes have now gone the fan funded route, launching their IndieGoGo campaign earlier this month. Along with the new campaign the band will be soon releasing an EP, “Smoke,” Check out the review here.

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Mouth of the South – Struggle Well

Review : Mouth of the South – Struggle Well

Expect a heaping dose of down tuned guitars and pummeling drum beats, accompanied by Josiah Lyle’s furious howling and brutally honest lyrics.

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Swoope – Sinema

Review : Swoope – Sinema

It may take a few spins to recognize it, but Sinema may be Swoope’s true magnum opus. For now it remains the defining artistic statement of the Christian’s struggle with sin. And so far, most likely the best full-length hip hop album of 2014. I give it two thumbs up!

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Vailant- Transition EP Part 01

Review : Vailant- Transition EP Part 01

A review of the Norway-based Vailant’s debut EP, Transition EP Pt. 01.

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Forevermore – Telos

Review : Forevermore – Telos

While not breaking any new ground in the genre, Forevermore create a perfect blend of progressive metal that is equal parts technical and easy to listen to.

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B. Cooper – While The City Sleeps EP

Review : B. Cooper – While The City Sleeps EP

Relatable and encouraging to anyone who’s had a dream, While The City Sleeps easily accomplishes what it sets out to do. The EP is nearly flawless and proves that Cooper is an emcee you shouldn’t sleep on.

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War of Ages – Supreme Chaos

Review : War of Ages – Supreme Chaos

Following 2012′s modest “Return to Life,” War of Ages return to form with “Supreme Chaos.” But, is this album a worthy addition to WOA’s impressive discography? Find out here.

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Beleaf – Red Pills + Black Sugar

Review : Beleaf – Red Pills + Black Sugar

Unafraid and honest, Red Pills + Black Sugar is a powerful concept album that shines a light on issues that aren’t discussed a lot in hip hop.

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Forfeit Thee Untrue – Blood Soaked Splinter

Review : Forfeit Thee Untrue – Blood Soaked Splinter

Check out my review on Forfeit Thee Untrue for their album Blood Soaked Splinter.

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Suspiria Profundis – Divine Knowledge

Review : Suspiria Profundis – Divine Knowledge

Suspiria Profundis’ album Divine Knowledge may be the gateway into unblock metal you need.

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Essentials – Trials

Review : Essentials – Trials

From the no-frills, organic sound, to the powerful, faith filled themes, this EP from Essentials is a home run for me. Read the entire review here.

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Oh Tear the Veil – EP

Review : Oh Tear the Veil – EP

Four Brothers from Ohio form the metalcore band Oh Tear the Veil. Check out the review of their new self titled EP here.

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Remington Stallard – Houses

Review : Remington Stallard – Houses

The debut offering from Remington Stallard, a singer songerwriter from Waco, Texas, Houses, is a blend of worship and indie rock that sounds like it would be at home on Come&Live!

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Aaron Strumpel – Vespers III & IV

Review : Aaron Strumpel – Vespers III & IV

Vespers III & IV challenges the complacency of the listener and forces them to engage with the music beyond merely letting it wash over them.

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Sleep for Dreaming – Heartless

Review : Sleep for Dreaming – Heartless

Check out this review of Sleep for Dreaming’s “Heartless” EP.

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Numbers – Three

Review : Numbers – Three

Numbers carve out a niche for themselves with Three. The album smashes together technical metal riffs, copious electronic elements, touches of jazz, and strong vocals of both the clean and screamed variety. Read on for the full review.

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Sundance – Midlife Marauders

Review : Sundance – Midlife Marauders

dvocating that high-quality and creative hip hop still exists, Sundance’s debut album isn’t perfect although it’s a step in the right direction. Midlife Marauders may have a few weak spots and a short length but it’s a solid project with inventive production and just the right group of guest artists.

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The Old-timers – Be Reconciled

Review : The Old-timers – Be Reconciled

The Old-timers are releasing ‘Be Reconciled’, their brand new album on July 1st. Check out the review below!

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Those Who Fear – Death Sentence

Review : Those Who Fear – Death Sentence

Those Who Fear’s newest album is about as subtle as a sledgehammer blow to the skull. Following last year’s brutal “Unholy Anger,” “Death Sentence” is an even more lyrically aggressive follow up. Check out the full review here.

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Sleeping At Last – Oceans

Review : Sleeping At Last – Oceans

Sleeping At Last’s Oceans may not be a complex cornucopia of sounds and instruments, choosing instead to rely heavily on the piano, but its deceptive simplicity will reel you in.

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NEEDTOBREATHE- Rivers In The Wasteland Tour

Review : NEEDTOBREATHE- Rivers In The Wasteland Tour

Let me start off by saying *spoiler alert* if you are planning on going to this tour and don’t want to know any of the surprises, stop reading now.

Now that that’s out of the way, on to the review.

Opener Foy Vance took the stage at 8pm in a jaunty cap and with an impressive handlebar mustache. If his looks aren’t your style, his voice and stage persona would probably win you over within a few minutes of his set. The Irish singer-songwriter…

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This Is The Giant – Speak Every Word

Review : This Is The Giant – Speak Every Word

New to the Come and Live roster, This Is The Giant deliver an ambient full-length that is subtle, reflective, and avoids being dark or moody. Read on for the full review.

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Viktory – R4 (Relentless 4ever) Vol. 2

Review : Viktory – R4 (Relentless 4ever) Vol. 2

Reach and Collision Records might have got it down to a movement, but Viktory has delivered yet again the soundtrack for anyone who desires or walks out a relentless faith.

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Preson Phillips – In Our Winters

Review : Preson Phillips – In Our Winters

In Our Winters is undoubtedly Preson Phillips’ best album to date. Check it out below.

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Sleep For Sleepers – Discovery

Review : Sleep For Sleepers – Discovery

“Discovery” is a delight of nostalgic and energetic indie rock that remains in the realm of familiarity that the band has produced.

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Sound the Ruin – Bloodsong EP

Review : Sound the Ruin – Bloodsong EP

Chaotic Hardcore band Sound the Ruin brings us their new EP “Bloodsong.” Check out the review and see what the band brings to the table with this new release,

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Twin Radio – The Coast of Indigo

Review : Twin Radio – The Coast of Indigo

Twin Radio have a sound that will appeal to anyone and everyone. They are able channel some of the great classic rock acts of our parents era while also adding their own youthful spin on things and rolling it all up into one enjoyable package.

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The WAY – I Keep Falling

Review : The WAY – I Keep Falling

The Way have released their new album ‘I Keep Falling’. Check out the review!

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Paul Demer – Canvas of Sky

Review : Paul Demer – Canvas of Sky

Check out this review of Paul Demer’s first solo full-length album, “Canvas of Sky.”

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Audrey Assad – Death, Be Not Proud EP

Review : Audrey Assad – Death, Be Not Proud EP

Thought, emotion, and spirit provoking, meditative worship.

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Shai Linne – Lyrical Theology Part Two: Doxology

Review : Shai Linne – Lyrical Theology Part Two: Doxology

While some may find it underwhelming on first listen, repeated rotations reveal that Lyrical Theology Part Two: Doxology is risky but rewarding. Concentrating on songwriting over rhymes, though not always successfully, Linne’s hip hop prowess may be missed but the album has his fingerprints over every aspect of the music.

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Joseph Pfeifer – Lost Boys EP

Review : Joseph Pfeifer – Lost Boys EP

Check out this review of Joseph Pfeifer’s EP, “Lost Boys”

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Wolves at the Gate – VxV

Review : Wolves at the Gate – VxV

While not reinventing the wheel of what they have previously done, their sophomore album finds them more focused and spiritual than ever.

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The Architect – The Benevolent EP

Review : The Architect – The Benevolent EP

The Architect has only been around just over a year, and as such a young band it’s unfair to expect them to have it all figured out. This EP is a realistic reflection of that idea, and even through loose songwriting and poor production it’s plain to see that The Architect has a future.

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Southbound Fearing – Undefeated

Review : Southbound Fearing – Undefeated

You can always count on Southbound Fearing for some no-frills, blue collar, rock and roll, and their latest release “Undefeated” is certainly no exception.

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Hillsong United – The White Album

Review : Hillsong United – The White Album

Where feet may fail, remixes may rise.

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