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Review : Disciple – Attack
Veteran hard rockers Disciple return with their newest album, “Attack.” Functionally their first independent album since “Back Again,” and bringing a sound that combines that album with their later works, “Attack” is an assault from start to finish. But, does this album live up to its massively successful kickstarter campaign? Read on to find out.
Review : Lecrae – Anomaly
Finding him at his most confident, this album is a shining example of who Lecrae is as an artist and individual. It’s structure & production may be wide-ranging, but Lecrae is attempting to present his eclectic sound to the widest audience possible. But in the end, what do you expect on an album called Anomaly?
Review : Sleeping Giant – Finished People
For anyone familiar with Christian hardcore legends, Sleeping Giant, you already have a pretty good idea of what to expect on their newest release, “Finished People”. A raw production style, riffs focused more on getting the crowd moving than technicality, and front man Tom Green’s passionate vocal performance. “Finished People” takes this basic formula the band have used in the past and refines it to become perhaps the best Sleeping Giant record to date.
Review : SPZRKT – Bonfire
Streets ahead of the music found on the Top 40 charts, Bonfire is one of the best pop/R&B albums in “Christian music.” It may ruffle some feathers, yet all his influences & ambitions are compiled into a clear picture of who he is as an artist. This is the best representation of the eclectic and unique sound of SPZRKT.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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,
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.