September 1, 2023
Independent Christian music lost another legend recently. Jimmy Hotz (inventor/producer/solo artist/band member/producer/engineer/electronic music pioneer/author/multi-instrumentalist–and we’re not even exaggerating) died in June. Hotz first recorded in CCM in the 1970s with the group Dove, and then a handful of other mostly CCM artists before recording his solo album–and many would say his magnum opus–Beyond the Crystal Sea, released in 1980 on Oklahoma City-based Vision Records. Fortunately for fans, Born Twice (a division of Retroactive/Boone’s Overstock) re-issued the album in 2010. Hotz wasn’t content to release one of the greatest Christian rock albums of all time (this claim is verifiable too, repeatedly making appearances in all-time lists from reputable sources like HM, CCM, and various others).… Continued →
March 27, 2023
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 →
January 14, 2022
When Bloodgood’s lead guitarist left the band to go solo, fans of the 80s metal stalwarts weren’t entirely sure what to expect. We probably assumed more heavy metal–at least that’s what I expected. And while there is certainly some hard rock (almost glam metal) at times, The Other Side was much broader in scope. The album showcased Zaffiro’s excellent guitar work, as we’d already become familiar with through three albums with Bloodgood: Bloodgood (1986), Detonation (1987, often hailed as the band’s finest effort), and Rock in a Hard Place (1988).… Continued →
June 24, 2020
Dreaded Dale have just posted their brand new song in lyric video form that you can view below. The song is titled “Psalm” and it takes on a sort of Progressive Post-Hardcore meets Spoken Word like feel. It’s a great little track and I think many of you will enjoy it. Song is available now on all digital platforms and streaming sites.… Continued →
November 22, 2018
We're excited to give some pre-release press on this new band - check out our review and be sure to keep an eye on Gr8frt for an official release on 12/15!
August 31, 2018
Atlas is an artsy mix of post-rock and strong percussion grooves, paired with numerous sing-along moments.
August 18, 2018
Adjy's wordy, four-track EP is a whirlwind of driving percussion and proof that you didn't pay attention in English class.
June 16, 2018
The gentlemen of pop/alt/prog act Captain the Sky are setting out to release their second full-length, “The Butterfly Effect”, this fall. This serves as a timely follow up to 2017’s “Lions & Foxes” and 2016’s “Mary Celeste”. Their newest single, Hibiscus, showcases a resurgence of their technical-but-radio-friendly sound with a strong mix of technical guitar lines, vocal trade-offs, and a strong rhythm section. Learn more and take a look at the full list of perks at their Go Fund Me page and check out their latest single below.… Continued →
September 30, 2017
Sink In's debut album is a perfect answer to long-time fans. If you're in denial and still looking for a summer soundtrack, keep OPET in mind.
July 10, 2017
July 3, 2017
Stemson's ambitious thirteen-track sophomore release covers plenty of ground with its unique blend of rap, electronic, rock, and progressive elements.
November 18, 2016
This New Mexico quintet's ambitious sophomore release features lyrics on par with My Epic and everything you loved about early Thrice.
November 13, 2016
Tiger Drive, a Nashville progressive indie band featuring members of OceanSpeak, recently posted a video on Facebook from one of the group’s rehearsals. While the sound is definitely a departure from the groovy, post-hardcore elements that OceanSpeak showcased at times, there’s definitely plenty for old and new fans to enjoy. Check out the video here and be sure to give their page a like! … Continued →
August 8, 2014
Neal Morse has released a music video for the track “Heaven Smiled” which you can watch below. The song appears on his new album, titled Songs From November, that releases August 19th. The new album is more singer-songwriter based with mellower tracks as opposed to the progressive rock fans are used to. If you’re never checked out Neal or his several projects including Spock’s Beard you really should.… Continued →
July 22, 2014
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.
June 26, 2014
Numbers released their full length, titled Three, in March and you can check out the track “Legal Lee Speaking” from the album below. Don’t forget to check out the interview with Kyle Bishop (vocals & keys). If you like what you hear be sure to head to Bandcamp to pick up the album or the instrumental version of it as well. … Continued →
Numbers is a difficult-to-classify band out of Seattle. They released their full length, titled Three, in March and to be honest it was an instant buy. I was totally unprepared with what this unsigned band offered musically and was immediately hooked. Check out the interview with vocalist Kyle Bishop below and get to know the band before your friends do! Don’t forget to check out our stream of the song “Legal Lee Speaking” as well.… Continued →
May 21, 2014
March 31, 2014
One of the most overlooked records of 2013 is Lanterns by producer/composer Son Lux. It is beautiful, haunting, and thrilling in ways most music cannot be.
January 20, 2014
Falling Up's 2nd half of the Machine de Ella Project - Hours is a fantastic album.
December 26, 2013
December 21, 2013
Brandon Jones says it best, “This band plays a spirited blend of dreamy, progressive indie rock mixed with the ambience of post-hardcore, to create a sound all their own. This independent band is fast on the rise and it’s time you check them out”.
October 18, 2013
July 22, 2013
My Heart to Fear have a very bright future ahead of them. “Algorithm” is sure to garner the band some attention with the passion, skill, and unique elements that are presented.
September 9, 2012
Becoming The Archetype has regrouped and returned with a vengeance! Check out the review of their upcoming album, I Am.
October 9, 2010
Are you looking for a new Progressive/Indie rock band ?
January 27, 2010
Let me introduce you to Blank Page Empire...