Category Archives: Reviews

Ravenhill – Soul

Review : Ravenhill – Soul

How about some good ol’ blues rock ’n roll? Ravenhill manages to meld music from a by-gone era into something surprisingly new and fresh with their new release “Soul” Check out the review here. …continue reading

Copperlily – Copperlily

Review : Copperlily – Copperlily

My review of Copperlily’s first full-length album #PutABirdOnIt …continue reading

The Brilliance – Brother

Review : The Brilliance – Brother

I like vanilla ice cream. I really do. It’s simple, sweet, and to the point. No quirks, nuts, or slime to get in the way of what really matters. On the other hand, vanilla ice cream can get old really fast. Who would want to eat the same-ol same-ol “normal” vanilla ice cream 24/7? Nobody, that’s who. CCM worship music is exactly like ice cream (in fact, I sometimes confuse them and put sonicflood albums in my freezer). Vanilla …continue reading

Rapture – Trials

Review : Rapture – Trials

Frenzied grooves and uplifting messages are the calling card for this new hardcore band, Rapture. Check out this review of their debut EP, “Trials.” …continue reading

Mat Kearney – Just Kids

Review : Mat Kearney – Just Kids

Read my review of Mat Kearney’s latest (but not greatest) album yet. …continue reading

Tracings – Bloodlines & Anchors

Review : Tracings – Bloodlines & Anchors

From Fargo, ND post-hardcore band Tracings brings their newest EP, Bloodlines & Anchors. Read on for the full review. …continue reading

kids – Rich Coast

Review : kids – Rich Coast

A review of Kids’ debut LP, Rich Coast. …continue reading

My Ransomed Soul – Trilateral

Review : My Ransomed Soul – Trilateral

This album shows immense growth from the group, along with an unharnessed potential for continued growth. In short, this is the album that won’t let me forget about My Ransomed Soul anytime soon. …continue reading

Red – Of Beauty and Rage

Review : Red – Of Beauty and Rage

Following a middling album in “Release the Panic,” veteran rockers RED seek to redeem themselves with “Of Beauty and Rage.” Does this new album prove to be a return to form? Find out here. …continue reading

Atrocities – Demo

Review : Atrocities – Demo

Atrocities brings an energetic, robust hardcore sound into this short, but power packed three song demo. Read on for the review. …continue reading

6’10” – The Humble Beginnings Of A Rovin’ Soul

Review : 6’10” – The Humble Beginnings Of A Rovin’ Soul

Tobin Bawinkel and his new project 6’10,” dropped the thrashing guitars and bagpipes of in his usual gig, Celtic Punk band Flatfoot 56, and has gone unplugged. Read on for the full review. …continue reading

Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors – Medicine

Review : Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors – Medicine

Continuing their union of melancholy and redemption, the album is consistent from start to finish. Blending the traditional singer-songwriter template with contemporary sensibilities, it may be a modern classic. So if you’re sick of today’s mainstream music, Medicine is the perfect remedy. …continue reading

Aaron Strumpel – Bright Star

Review : Aaron Strumpel – Bright Star

Aaron Strumpel continues to push against the limits of Christian music, and although Bright Star may not be his most experimental, it’s a fine showcase for the care, creativity, and simple beauty of his music. …continue reading

Flyleaf – Between the Stars

Review : Flyleaf – Between the Stars

Click ahead to read my review of Flyleaf’s transition from metal to pop-rock. …continue reading

Mike Farris – Shine For All The People

Review : Mike Farris – Shine For All The People

Mike Farris brings an amazing combination of rock/blues, Gospel, R&B, New Orleans Jazz to his latest release. But, it’s really his soulful voice that does the real shining on the Grammy Nominated ‘Shine for All The People.’ Read on for the full review. …continue reading

Judgement X Day – The Altar

Review : Judgement X Day – The Altar

If you like your music raw, fast and heavy, then look no further. Read on for the review of Judgement X Days’s new debut EP, ‘The Altar’. …continue reading

The Gray Havens – Fire and Stone

Review : The Gray Havens – Fire and Stone

The Gray Havens’ debut full length, Fire and Stone, is a delight. …continue reading

The Soil & The Sun – Meridian

Review : The Soil & The Sun – Meridian

Meridian is a musical onslaught, an aural tempest which drowns out all else until The Soil & The Sun is all that you know. …continue reading

Derek Minor – Empire

Review : Derek Minor – Empire

With Minorville, Derek Minor came into his own as a producer, writer, and emcee. But minor flaws aside (pun intended), Empire takes the crown as his best album to date. From its gladiatorial beginning to it’s Twilight Zone-trap-music finale, Empire is a powerful statement on kingdom-building & has raised the bar for what could be a fantastic year for music. …continue reading

The Collection – Ars Moriendi

Review : The Collection – Ars Moriendi

The Collection’s latest album, Ars Moriendi, is a set of poignant, beautiful reflections of death, doubt, and faith set against a lush, orchestral folk backdrop. …continue reading

Least of These – Mere Image

Review : Least of These – Mere Image

With latest release, “Mere Image,” Least of These is all set to continue their upward rise. Read on for the full review. …continue reading

Talkie – Talkie EP

Review : Talkie – Talkie EP

Talkie is the band that I always knew I needed to hear. Now you should hear them too. Check out my review of their grungy debut EP. …continue reading

The Frozen Ocean – Skeleton Key

Review : The Frozen Ocean – Skeleton Key

‘Skeleton Key’ is the passion product of a man named Dave. The name “Dave” might sound ordinary and not that interesting. Dave is one of the most common names out there. What could he possibly bring to the table that any other Dave can’t provide to us already? Dave Swanson is actually quite the contrary to that. …continue reading

Of Lions – Of Lions EP

Review : Of Lions – Of Lions EP

Released early last year, Hardcore band Of Lions (formerly Lion of Judah) has put together an impressive EP with much promise. Read on for the review. …continue reading

Misty Edwards – Little Bird

Review : Misty Edwards – Little Bird

Misty Edwards has been going to IHOP in Kansas City, KS for over 15 years now. No, not the pancake restaurant (though maybe she has, I don’t follow worship leader’s eating habits). This is the review for Misty’s latest album, ‘Little Bird’ …continue reading

Lil’ Dre – Homework

Review : Lil’ Dre – Homework

Lil’ Dre is back. Having tackled marriage and a few kids since his last album, Dre brings an amazing perspective on what it means to put Christ first and working on your home life second. Intelligent, catchy, and FREE (for following @lildrechurchboy on Twitter). Lil’ Dre’s “Homework” is perhaps the album to beat in the early part of this year. …continue reading

Chris Tomlin – Love Ran Red

Review : Chris Tomlin – Love Ran Red

Chris Tomlin’s latest praise album Love Ran Red reaches a level of self-parody. Read on for the full review …continue reading

Sleep for Dreaming – Reverie

Review : Sleep for Dreaming – Reverie

Check out this review of Sleep for Dreaming’s album, “Reverie.” …continue reading

Despite My Pride – Cold Blood/Simple Math EP

Review : Despite My Pride – Cold Blood/Simple Math EP

Despite My Pride has delivered an interesting work, that never really settles into any one particular form, and there is nothing wrong with that. Here’s the full review. …continue reading

Lacey Sturm – The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living

Review : Lacey Sturm – The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living

Provided with an advance reading copy from Baker Books, I reviewed Lacey Sturm’s first published book “The Reason”. …continue reading

Levi the Poet – Correspondence (a fiction)

Review : Levi the Poet – Correspondence (a fiction)

Levi the Poet is like Edgar Allen Poe minus the mustache, raven, and overall grimness. Basically, they both write poems. Here is a review of Levi’s latest spoken word/music mashup. …continue reading

The Classic Crime – What Was Done, Volume 1: A Decade Revisited

Review : The Classic Crime – What Was Done, Volume 1: A Decade Revisited

A review of The Classic Crime’s bookmark acoustic record. It has a tipping (or levitating?) chair on the cover which automatically makes it awesome. …continue reading

King’s Kaleidoscope – Becoming Who We Are

Review : King’s Kaleidoscope – Becoming Who We Are

Spoiler alert: This album is good.
Very good.
Like, really really good. …continue reading

Harbor & Home- Dark Days

Review : Harbor & Home- Dark Days

A review on the latest release from Harbor & Home. …continue reading

Sullivan – Heavy is the Head

Review : Sullivan – Heavy is the Head

My review of Sullivan’s recent comeback album, Heavy is the Head, from Spartan Records.

(There is that word again. Heavy. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with Earth’s gravitational pull?) …continue reading

Hearts Like Lions – These Hands

Review : Hearts Like Lions – These Hands

A review of the major label debut release from indie rock band Hearts Like Lion …continue reading

What We Do In Secret – The Migration EP

Review : What We Do In Secret – The Migration EP

Screaming truth against the backdrop of blistering riffs, Memphis based What We Do in Secret bombards the ears with a brand of Spirit-filled ruckus sure to excite even a casual fan of hardcore. Read the review here. …continue reading

Me and the Trinity – Crux

Review : Me and the Trinity – Crux

Me and the Trinity make a splash with their debut, “Crux” …continue reading

Copeland – Ixora

Review : Copeland – Ixora

A flourishing return from indie rock band Copeland …continue reading

The Modern Post – Lowborn King

Review : The Modern Post – Lowborn King

The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear. …continue reading

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