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April 22, 2023

April 21, 2023

Song of the Day: Not for the Crowd - Gain Back Lost Youth

Not for the Crowd was one of the few Christian ska bands who didn’t go the third wave/ska-core/ska-punk fusion route, instead focusing on more traditional and/or two-tone style ska sounds. In this they shared some similarities with The Israelites, except NFTC featured faster tempos. Sadly, I don’t know anything about this band–where they were from, who the members were, or anything of the sort. I first heard of them through a few ska compilations in the late 90s, and IVM’s own “Ska Lives” series. I only recently discovered that the band had released an 8-song album in 1997 called Morningstar Radio Hour for indie label Morningstar Records.… Continued →

April 20, 2023

Song of the Day: Global Warning - Chasm

This band has put out some decent music over the years. They are one of the few bands that has been around since the late 90s whose website is still active (although it doesn’t appear to have been updated in a while). They even have a page dedicated to their songs that charted on Christian rock radio.¬†Check em out If you like the hard rock sound. Continued →

April 19, 2023

Haste The Day Reunite and Trenches Also Return

I’m going to try and post some news we’ve missed reporting on the past few weeks/months. First up, the band Haste The Day have announced their reunion and are already scheduling some comeback shows. They will be playing Furnace Fest this year and also have 4 shows scheduled in Indianapolis, IN. at the Hi-Fi in October but unfortunately for some of you, this has already sold out. In other good news, the band Trenches which started as a side project of Jimmy Ryan who was the first vocalist of HTD until he left, are back as well.… Continued →

The Mandalorian Season 3 x Indie Vision Music Discussion Thread

I’m going to try something new here for a bit. We love discussing music and trying to stay (somewhat) updated on the latest happenings in our realm of independent Christian music but, so many of us also share a common thread of partaking in other forms of entertainment such as films, comics, arts, etc. so what better way to start it off than a discussion about the latest season of The Mandalorian. This was written before I made it to this last final episode of Season 3 so bare with me.… Continued →

April 18, 2023

Song of the Day: Lordchain: In This Place vs Life Aside

Lordchain is a hard rock band that has released tons of music over the years, but formed in 1990.¬† Their latest released in 2022. In This Place was the first I heard from them, but Life Aside is my fave. Check out the lyrics & maybe you can relate also. No matter how dark this life may get, Jesus is always there waiting for us to return to HIM with open arms. Sitting in this darkness I think about my wasted life Every time I’ve failed you I sit around and cry How could I let you down?… Continued →

April 15, 2023

April 14, 2023

Song of the Day: Tunnel Rats - Trz

The most legendary holy hip-hop cipher of them all? Perhaps. Tunnel Rats’ debut Experience (1996) was truly mind-blowing. It’s one of those rare albums where the line between art and artist was completely blurred, if it even existed in the first place. The lyrics (as well as the passion behind them) reflected absolute love of hip-hop music and culture, and absolute love of God and his Gospel. Very few artists, very few albums or artistic endeavors reach that climax of full integration where neither the message nor the artistic medium was compromised in any way whatsoever.… Continued →

April 13, 2023

April 11, 2023

Song of the Day: Nouveaux - All That Glitters

This Michigander band seemed to span the bridge between grunge, 80s metal & modern rock. They only released 2 LPs, but their music actually found its way onto CCM radio back in the early 90s. Check out all the songs in their discogs as they are all good. Their vocalist Paul Alan also released a pop rock solo album. Also, check out the YouTube instrumental for this SOTD so you can sing it at your local karaoke bar!   Continued →

April 10, 2023

New Releases: March 31, 2023

Rock & Metal Pop & CCM Hip Hop & R&B Worship & Gospel Continued →

April 8, 2023

Best of 2022: Noah Hardwick

I’ve been sitting on this draft since January thinking eventually I’d get around to writing some short blurbs about each of my picks. But here we are in April and I still haven’t done it so I figure I might well go ahead and publish it as-is (especially now that Brandon has shared his list!). So here is, my best of 2022:… Continued →

New Skillet Video "Psycho In My Head"

Skillet recently dropped a new video for their track “Psycho In My Head”, off the deluxe edition of their most recent release “Dominion: Day Of Destiny”. The track is certainly more reminiscent of some of the bands older material and both the video and the music here are well worth checking out.… Continued →

New Relent Ep Drops

Nu metal band Relent has released their newest offering, “World War Me” on Rockfest Records. While this release brings the groove heavy riffs fans have come to know and love, the ep also heads into some newer territory, relying more on beats and melodic vocals. In all, this ep brings something to the table for fans of the old while it’s also certain to appeal to new fans as well.… Continued →

April 7, 2023

Song of the Day: Vengeance Rising - Human Sacrifice

The first time I heard this band, I was completely blown away. The year was 1988. I was about 14 years old, and I had just started getting into Christian metal via bands like Jerusalem, Whitecross, and Barren Cross. Sacred Warrior was probably the heaviest I’d heard at the time. Then one night I was listening to KOKF 91FM out of Oklahoma City, a Christian radio station that had a late night metal show. I heard the most intense, loud, gnarly thing I’d ever heard in my life.… Continued →

April 6, 2023

April 5, 2023

Best of 2022: Brandon Jones

I’m finally getting around to doing a quick write up on some favorite releases and songs from the past year. These may or may not be in any particular order and is based upon a mix of memory and my 2022 Spotify playlist where I throw everything new onto it for continual playback throughout the year. Read below and feel free to post your own favorites of 2022 that I’m sure were accidentally skipped on my own list (and maybe even have yet to be discovered).… Continued →

April 4, 2023

April 1, 2023

Indie Vision Music Presents "Until Hell Freezes Over Tour" With Newsboys, Underoath, Mercy Me, Gideon and more

[April Fool’s Joke 2023] We are proud to present a one time Indie Vision Music “Until Hell Freezes Over Tour” featuring 6 heavy hitters sure to bring about the apocalypse. As we have done tours so well in the past, this one time only Tour will be just that. These bands were never expected to Tour together so indeed, Hell is about to be frozen over. Tickets are on sale now at indievisionmusic.com (*tickets will sell out fast and will only be up for sale today only!).… Continued →

March 31, 2023

Song of the Day: Grave Declaration - Change of Heart

Grave Declaration is (was?) a symphonic/atmospheric black metal project from Norway. While that’s not so unusual, what set the band apart was its distinct emphasis on worship. Self-touted as “worship metal” the band’s lyrical emphasis was on a praiseworthy connection to the Creator. Their sound is firmly within the atmospheric branch of black metal, as opposed to the more raw, primitive sounds often associated with the genre. With ties to stalwarts Antestor, and underground legends Vaakevandring, Grave Declaration had the pedigree and the chops to prove their worthiness.… Continued →

March 30, 2023

Song of the Day: Five Iron Frenzy - A New Hope

This song “A New Hope” by underdog heroes – Five Iron Frenzy, was released after the tragic Columbine shootings that took place in Colorado back in 1999. It is just as touching and relevant today as it was almost 25 years ago. I will not spend any time on getting political here. The world has enough activists, and my voice is but a tiny speck of dust on a pile of needles hidden within a massive haystack. What happened in Nashville and frankly around the world on a continual basis is about more than just weapons, drugs, mental health, hate, anger, pain, fear, etc.… Continued →

March 29, 2023

Song of the Day: Gary Chapman - Heal Me

Pulling from my childhood, Gary’s The Light Inside was a constant in my CD player. I know he’s country, but he also rocks w/ Floodgates & other tracks Finally, Sweet Glow of Mercy & album opener Where are the Broken Hearts? are 90s staples. He was formerly married to Amy Grant which was pretty big news back in the day. Check him out as he has done multiple endeavors over the years. And, he is NOT the Gary Chapman who wrote the Five Love Languages. Continued →

Theocracy Announce New Album and Record Label

Theocracy came out and announced that they are releasing a new album this year and it’ll be on a new label home for the first time after releasing 4 incredible albums through Ulterium Records. No bad blood and Ulterium will still release other music on a more scaled down level. I’ve embedded the full statement below. No word yet on the album title or even a new song just yet. All will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!… Continued →

Fallstar - Timebender & The Jet Engine (Official Music Video)

Fallstar has dropped 2 new songs in the past couple weeks and they rule. The latest song titled “Timebender & The Jet Engine” has a music video tied to it and once you watch it, the song becomes the video and vice versa. Go check it out below this message and watch some great Godzilla stomping metal(core) action. New album “Sacred Mirrors” out July 14th on Facedown Records.… Continued →

Red Weather Release "Start Again"

Red Weather just relased their brand new track titled “Start Again” and it’s quite simply the best thing to emerge from the independent emo/indie rock scene in 2023. THey have this certain classic 00’s emo sound but it rises far above the mundane with unique, soaring choruses and catchy songwriting. Reminds me a little of Midtown, Name Taken, Bayside, Armor for Sleep, The Classic Crime, Letter Kills, and Taking Back Sunday. Make sure to give it a listen below and get ready to get crazy with Red Weather in 2023.… Continued →

March 27, 2023

Song of the Day: Narcissus - The Commons

This early Christian metalcore band has roots in a few other musical endeavors. including (Inhale Exhale whom I saw live), Not Beneath (which did a Living Sacrifice cover) & Symphony in Peril. I did see Narcissus live also & this song is a rarity from them that came from the rerelease of Becoming Leviathan. They did play Furnace Fest 2021 & from what I gather might be releasing some new music at some point. Enjoy from the archives! Continued →