Listening to Red’s new album, Gone for probably the tenth time or so on Amazon prime music. Still want the physical copy but I love this album. I don’t know yet, if it’s their best work but either way, it’s awesome. It opens with my favorite track – Step Inside, the violence and it’s just right in your face. I love it. The whole album has their signature sound that so many of us have grown to love. Some of it is almost haunting and dark with the sound but that’s a cool sound to me. They remind me a little of the secular band from around 2000, Stabbing Westward. If you’re a fan of Red, then you must have this album. If you’re new Red, give them a try. They’re not a heavy, heavy metal. Their lyrics are powerful and well thought out. As soon as I get the hard copy, I’ll quote some of the lyrics. But right now, they are definitely in the running for album of the year. I can’t find a bad track on the album. Take the time to pick up the deluxe version.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
This is a new group started by Ryan and Brandon Leitru from the band For Today. They bring in Danon Saylor on vocals from a bullet for pretty boy and Alex Camarena on drums from Silent planet. And so was born a new supergroup. Make no mistake, this is not For Today and not Mattie Montgomery on vocals but it is still without a doubt awesome metalcore music. Danon is great on vocals and the lyrics have a darkness to them examining things the impact of losing a friend to suicide. This is definitely in your face metal but not in your face with Christ-like their former band. But their love of metal shows and they are still having playing the heavy stuff. No, this isn’t For Today but it’s still awesome metal. It’s a short 16 minute, 6 track ep but it’s a glimpse of great metal to come from these guys. Hands of Death is my favorite song and looks at losing a friend to suicide.
I give the album a solid 4 out of 5 stars and a definite recommendation to get this album.
Exciting news for The Letter Black fans. The band is releasing their heavier rock/metal album, Pain in May. Their last album, Rebuild was released back in 2013 so it’s been a while, creating a great excitement from their fans for new music from them. In recent live streaming, Q & A’s the band members have stated that they have discovered they were meant to carry a heavier sound. Sara Anthony enjoys screaming and has incorporated more of it into this album. Mark Anthony, on the other hand, revealed that he doesn’t really enjoy doing vocals so is focusing more on guitar this time around. To get you ready for the new album, we will take a little journey down The Letter Black’s music memory lane.
The Letter Black was formerly known as Breaking the Silence and started in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in 2006. The band consists of Sarah (vocals) and Mark Anthony (guitar), who are married, Matt Beal (bass) and Justin Brown (drums). They are classified in the genres of rock, hard rock, alternative metal, post-grunge and nu-metal. Many of their earlier songs reflect the feelings they had as a result of being hurt by people in their church. You can experience the feelings of working through bad relationships with people and coming out on the side of forgiveness, yet a severing of ties with those that did damage in their lives. Former members of the band were Adam DeFrank, Keith Anselmo and Matt Slagle. Although they raised money for their upcoming album on Kickstarter, they have signed with
Although they raised money for their upcoming album on Kickstarter, they have signed with EMP Music Group to help with release and marketing of the album after talking to (Megadeth bassist) David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert of EMP LABEL GROUP.
2007, Stand, Independent
2010, Hanging on By a Thread, Tooth & Nail Records
2013, Rebuild, Tooth & Nail Records
2017, Pain, EMP Music Group/Kickstarter
2009, Breaking the Silence
2011, Hanging on by a Thread, Sessions Volume 1
2011, Hanging on by a Thread, Sessions Volume 2
In stores May 21, 2017, Preorder http://empmerch.com/product/letter-black-pain-cd-pre-order/
This is Dire, an indie metal band from Georgia’s release from 2016. We can expect great things from these guys. The first track All Glory just hits you in the face with Christian metal. The growling in the chorus singing all glory to the one true God just blows you away. This is hardcore metal at its best. But wait, they also mix in some melodic hard rock. And they mix it in perfectly. It’s a well produced and mixed metal album. They are full-on Christ-centered lyrics. There’s some doubt these days as to how Christian some of these metal bands are but this is not one of those bands. They bring Christ to the forefront here. I read that they have signed with a record label and hoping for new music from them either late this year or early next. We can expect big things from these guys.
I give them a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
With lead vocalist, Ryan Clark’s side project of electronic pop, we were worried that they’d go soft. But worry no longer. The new release is plenty heavy. There is some electronic sound but it fits nicely. The album is a great release from a band that is just straight heavy metal. They don’t really fit a genre. They’re just straight up metal and they are in your face with it. One Less and Jesus Wept are the hardest tracks on the album. Died in My Sleep has that electronic sound I talked about but it’s still solid. The lyrics are solidly Christian. They’re in your face with their faith and I just love it. I may be biased but I love this album. It’s the release of the year so far in my opinion.
I give it a full 5 out 5 stars. I recommend you pick it up immediately.
Lacey’s highly anticipated album, Life Screams was released in February of 2016 living up to the expectations of Lacey’s Flyleaf fans as well as taking her music in some new directions. Lacey’s band includes husband and guitarist, Josh Sturm, Tom Gascon, drummer and Ben Hull, bass player. After spending a decade fronting rock band, Flyleaf and gaining quite a following, it took some time for fans to adjust to Lacey’s new endeavors. She shares some of the reasons that she made the decision to step down from Flyleaf in this short, explanatory VIDEO. Having been given amazing gifts Lacey’s talents come with many responsibilities and decisions. After having been saved out of life’s hard places and meeting God along the way, she knows who to go to for answers. Lacey peforms Flyleaf songs as well as her new solo music. Watch her video performance of the Flyleaf song, Rot HERE.
Having a story to tell, Lacey has been using her life experiences with not only her music but by speaking and writing. Lacey has written, The Reason, How I Discovered a Life Worth Living and most recently, The Mystery, Finding True Love in a World of Broken Lovers. Pouring herself out the way that she does has been a hope and encouragement to so many. We all need the hope that only God can provide, ultimately, and Lacey is quick to share where her hope comes from. She is a beautiful flower in the garden of hard rock, metal, post grunge and alternative music. Beauty pours from her lips, but also honesty. Nothing about her is cliche or scripted. She is genuine to the core. Listen to the song, Impossible from the Life Screams album HERE.
With Flyleaf’s vocalist, Kristen May leaving the band there has been talk of Lacey’s return. When asked about it, she doesn’t rule it out but also doesn’t have any current plans to return. Lacey and Josh Sturm have two sons, Joshua “Jack” Lewis Sturm (Lewis after C. S. Lewis, one of Lacey’s favorite authors) and Arrow David Sturm. Life is busy, for sure with touring, writing new music, writing books and being a family. With both mom and dad endowed with musical gifts, it will be interesting to see whether Jack and Arrow will be blessed wth musical talent like mom and dad or their own unique gifts and talents.
Lacey has made quite a splash with the Life Screams album last year, even being the first solo women to top the hard rock billboard charts. We knew the album would be amazing and we were not disappointed. The album has certainly been one of the highlight album releases of 2016. We look forward to any future projects that Lacy and the team, as she calls her band, embark upon.