Tag: Strike First Records

January 27, 2024

December 18, 2023

Song of the Day: Convicted - Outcry vs Hope For the Dying - Orison

Hope for the Dying is a symphonic metal band which had its roots in metalcore. They formed under the moniker Convicted in 2003 & released 3 EPs/demos until 2007 when they changed their name. Seriously, If you haven’t heard their stuff check em out.  I haven’t heard anything new since their awesome 2016 release Legacy so here’s to hoping they release new music at some point. Continued →

November 1, 2021

Song of the Day: Bloodlined Calligraphy - America's Next Top Model

Blo0odlined Calligraphy was a hardcore/metalcore band hailing from Michigan that featured a female vocalist> They went from Selah to Strike First to Facedown Records in a matter of 3 years. Vocalist Ally also plays piano, but this SOTD is straight up heavy. I remember Jaddeus from RadioU’s hxc show playing this son on his show & I have dug it all these years. Also check out Isaac is the Champ. Continued →

November 22, 2019

Song of the Day: Hit the Deck - Heads You Lose

I’m a sucker for this style of hardcore–really fast, short songs, with equal parts melody and anger thrown in for good measure. For some reason, this subgenre didn’t have nearly as much of a following in Christian circles as their secular counterparts, making Hit the Deck stand out even more. They released one full-length on Facedown imprint Strike First Records, and had a couple of demos as well, all of which can be found as digital downloads if you know where to look.… Continued →

August 18, 2017

January 24, 2017

Facedown Records Announces Facedown Fest 2017 Lineup

Facedown Records has just announced the lineup for Facedown Fest 2017. The festival has hosted many bands that were signed to other labels or the subsidiary Strike First Records, including Clear Convictions (Strike First), Comrades (ex-Blood and Ink), Bloody Sunday (Strike First) and several others. This year is the 20th anniversary of the label so they have had many of their prominent acts come join in or even reunite. The label is also hosting the Fest for 3 days, which is very abnormal as it is usually a one day event.… Continued →

January 18, 2017

Clear Convictions Breaks Up

The Christian metalcore band Clear Convictions has announced their disbanding. Clear Convictions started in 1999 but didn’t release their debut album, Warning until 2004 through Strike First Records, the subsidiary of Facedown Records. The band recorded another album that came out through On The Attack! Records and most recently as of 2015, their EP, New Seasons. The band announced on New Year’s Eve that they had disbanded. The band stated that “some us wanted to bring this chapter to a close”. They ask their fans to go to their merch store and buy some stuff.… Continued →

July 10, 2011

REVIEW : Altars - Opposition

Altars (formerly Monuments) just signed with Strike First Records, their debut Opposition is a blast of positive metallic hardcore for fans of Venia / The Ghost Inside / Hundredth

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August 17, 2010

INTERVIEW : The Burial

Meet vocalist David Marshall of The Burial. How did you guys meet and how long have you been playing together? Todd (guitar) and Jake (bass) were both playing in a previous band by the name of Oh Captain, My Captain and after that band broke up, they decided to start playing metal together. Jake knew Randy (drums) from shows and hanging out and convinced Randy to pick up drums for The Burial, as he was a guitar player firstly. Then Jeff (guitar) joined after being approached by Jake to try out and stuck around until he decided to focus on school.… Continued →

August 5, 2010

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June 22, 2009

REVIEW : In The Midst Of Lions - Out Of Darkness

Band: In The Midst Of Lions Album: Out Of Darkness Label: Strike First Records Release Date: May 26, 2009 Reviewed By: Chris W Tracklisting: 01. Awaken the Dawn 02. Tongues Of Fire 03. Out Of Darkness 04. Field Of Blood 05. Paid In Full 06. Manifesto 07. Crucifixion And Burial 08. He Is Risen 09. Herod’s Demise 10. Into The Light As deathcore become more and more popular, just like all the other “xCore” genres, one band makes a wave and 100 more jump on for the ride.… Continued →

January 14, 2009

REVIEW : Hope For The Dying - Hope For The Dying

Band: Hope For The Dying Title: Hope For The Dying Label: Strike First Release Date: 11/25/08 Review By: JoshIVM Tracklisting: 01. City Of Corpses 02. A Beautiful Day For Vengeance 03. Into Darkness We Ride 04. Our Fallen Comrades 05. Where We Are Going We Don’t Need Roads 06. Would The Angels Say 07. In Loving Memory When I heard that the folks at Facedown were finally reviving the dormant Strike First Records I was excited to see what new talent they would pick up. The initial announcements were all familiar names and most of them positive for me.… Continued →