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Donn’s Top 10 Christian Albums

Donn King | July 26, 2018

This is a rundown of my top ten favorite Christian albums. This was tough. I had to leave out a ton of albums and I broke my rule of no live albums. Don’t forget that I’ve been saved since 2006, so it’s mostly newer stuff. Okay, let’s get this started.

NUMBER TEN is Relient K – MMHMM – released 2004
This one might surprise people but this is my favorite album of theirs and they have some really great songs over the years. Who I am hates who I’ve been, is a stand out song for me. But there’s a bunch of hits here back when air1 played cool music like this. Miss those days.

NUMBER NINE is Underoath – define the great line — 2006
They may now say they’ve walked away from the church and are no longer a Christian band. But in 2006, they had a powerful belief and faith and this album took secular and Christian metalheads by storm. I was just born again and found this album and was blown away. Forget that it was Christian music because I didn’t think any metal could sound like this. In Regards To Myself and Writing On The Walls are my favorite songs. If you’re in to metal then this is not an album to miss.
I don’t care what they’re saying now about they’re faith. Their music is awesome. We should pray for a revival for them instead of judging their current comments. Haven’t you been hurt before by a church? Really, never? Then you’re a lucky one. Pray instead of abandoning.

NUMBER EIGHT is Fit For A King – Deathgrip — released 2016
This album is awesome. It’s dark and attacks our thinking that everything as a Christian is just fine and dandy. I got to see these guys live and meet and talk with lead singer, Ryan Kirby. Just a great guy with a great heart for the lost and hurting. This might be a little heavy for some of you. But to me, this is Christian metalcore at its best. It was hard not to rank this higher.

NUMBER SEVEN is Project 86 – and the rest will follow – released 2005
This was a tough choice for me. This is a great band, that I don’t listen to nearly enough, and they don’t have a bad album. So I knew I needed them on my list but which album to put there. So I listened to them all and still couldn’t decide on just one but I had my rule of one album from each artist on the list. So this is it. And I love this album. It is heavy and in your face metal just like I love it. It hits hard right on the first track and never lets up. Released only a year before I found salvation and was my first album I bought from them. Still holds as one of their best, in my opinion. But they don’t have one bad album on their list.

NUMBER SIX is Crowder – American prodigal – released 2016
I was never a huge David Crowder Band fan but when he went solo as just Crowder, I fell in love with his new sound. And with his second release here, I can’t get enough of the album. Yeah, I’m a metalhead. But I know awesome music in any style and this album is just that good. Got to see him live last year and maybe this year too, and he makes these songs come alive.

NUMBER FIVE is Demon Hunter – Storm the Gates of Hell – released 2007
Like Disciple at 5, I had a hard time choosing which album was my favorite. They’re all awesome. But for me, 2006-2007 stuff will always stand out. Not a bad song here. Blend of screams and clean vocals. Perfect stuff. Lead us Home stands out for me. These guys just pump out good strong straight metal. Give this one a listen. Check out their live album for a good mix of their early stuff.

NUMBER FOUR is Demon Hunter – Storm the Gates of Hell – released 2007
Like Disciple at 5, I had a hard time choosing which album was my favorite. They’re all awesome. But for me, 2006-2007 stuff will always stand out. Not a bad song here. Blend of screams and clean vocals. Perfect stuff. Lead us Home stands out for me. These guys just pump out good strong straight metal. Give this one a listen. Check out their live album for a good mix of their early stuff.

NUMBER THREE is Kutless – live in Portland – released in 2006
We have arrived at number 3 and the one I broke my rules with. I said no live albums or greatest hits albums. Well, I love Kutless and particularly love their live performance, so I just had to pick this album. Released the same year I was saved and I was blown away by not just how good the CD was but the accompanying DVD was even better. This is early Kutless and what made them such an awesome Rock/Hard Rock group. They have a great heart for the Lord. And this album hits all their early hits. Definitely give it a listen or a hundred listens.

NUMBER TWO is Switchfoot – where the light shines through
We’ve arrived at number 2 and this one will be controversial.. Yes, I know and I agree, this is not their best album. But the songs on this album speak so deeply to me and where I’m at in my life and what I’ve been through in my life and especially the last 5 years. I can’t get enough of this album. “The scars are where the light shines through”. If the house burns down tonight. The day that I found God. Hope is the anthem. I feel like this album gets me and was written to me personally. So even though I agree it’s not their best work, to me it is easily my fav

NUMBER ONE is Skillet – Comatose — released 2006
Well, we’ve arrived at number one. Drumroll please…….. and here it is with probably little surprise. I was born again in 2006 and this was my first hard rock/metal album bought at the Christian living store. I listened to a few tracks there and was blown away. There is Christian music like this, I thought? Being just born again, Rebirthing became my theme song. And with my mental health history, The Last Night felt like it was speaking directly to me. Not a bad track on the album. Felt like good ole 80s hard rock/metal to me. But I felt the coolest track was the finale, Looking For Angels. This is Christian hard rock that I still love to here. So that closes out my top ten.

Here is the final list of my top ten favorite Christian albums:

10) Relient K – MMHMM
9) Underoath – define the great line
8) Fit For A King – Deathgrip
7) Project 86 – and the rest will follow
6) Crowder – American prodigal
5) Disciple – scars remain (extended edition)
4) Demon Hunter – Storm the Gates of Hell
3) Kutless – live in Portland
2) Switchfoot – where the light shines through
1) Skillet – Comatose

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Awake O Sleeper – A River Wild

Linda | January 22, 2017

A bluesy, Southern rock style guitar riff in a short introduction beckons you into A River Wild, the latest album released by Awake O Sleeper in 2015.

All Hands On Deck uses imagery of navigating a ship in rough waters, requiring “all hands on deck” mustering all faith and proclaiming “this ship ain’t going down. When tough times come we need to give all that we have to get through, helping those around us to stay the course. Using our God-given determination we can overcome insurmountable odds.

Saw This Coming is a very realistic look at love. “Love ain’t always what we think it should be” the lyric goes, “we know all about it” and “we saw this coming,  now we’re wiser.” Unrealistic expectations can destroy a relationship. A more realistic approach with commitment provides staying power. ” I will choose and I have chosen to love you every single day”. This is great advice.

Gethsemane is a powerful song of imagery going back to the garden where Jesus prayed sweat as drops of blood while his disciples, instructed to watch and pray, fell asleep. “Early morning dream like state, sleep comes for me but I try to stay awake.” You can just feel yourself identifying with the disciples, struggling with the flesh, trying to do what Jesus asked but failing to pull it off. Isn’t that the way we feel sometimes? God has a plan for our day, to reach someone, serve them or to spend time with Him but we aren’t awake to his plan. We sleep right through it.

Into the Water has my favorite lyric on the album, “I face my demons, they wear their scars. I call on Jesus, He’s overcome”. The song ends repeating this several times, emphasizing it. Like a victory song against the enemy of our soul, it creates a rise of faith in me. 1 JOHN 4:4  says “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” God is greater. Call on Jesus because He has overcome!

Ghost of a Man speaks to our humanity. “I wish I were a finer man, like the ones who came before. If I were an angel, would the mountains be dissolved? If I were an angel, maybe then I wouldn’t fall.” How we fail God time and time again in our lack of faith, in our disobedience, but he loves us still. Bearing the heart of failure with the line “In the end, it’s all I’ve been, a ghost of a man.” is a despairing thought but then “Like a river wild, you forgive.” speaks of God’s great love for us. I love the bluesy guitar ending.  The song leaves you with a feeling of surrender to our Savior who forgives our sin.  Like a river wild, you found me and washed my sin away.

This is an album you can listen to over and over. It soothes the soul with reflection, demands repentance and leaves you with the hope of a Savior who gave it all so we could be forgiven and love others. Listen to the album here:

 

Linda Fau

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With a passion for Rock and Roll with a purpose-driven message, I've dedicated myself to providing you with all the best news and resources possible for Rock 'n Roll with a Purpose. Rock on!

Not Stryper, Stryken

Linda | October 21, 2016

Stryken a Chord for Christian Metal Music

The eighties had some Christian Metal bands with personality. You’ve no doubt heard of Stryper but have you heard of Stryken? Starting out in Arizona the Band started out with the name Stryker, founded by Dale and Steve Streiker in the 70’s. They hired a drummer by the name of Joey Knight, moved to Austin, Texas and added lbassist, Ezekiel Vade, completing the band. The band created their own record label, Chrystal records on which they released singles and their debut album “First Strike”.

With Stryper becoming more and more popular, the band changed its name to Stryken because the names were too similar. They were sometimes branded as a Stryper copycat band, but their sound has its own distinct sound.

The band members used stage names to conceal their identities. A glam metal band with a flair for drama, the band was once escorted out of a Motley Crue concert in San Antonio, Texas and detained for carrying a wooden cross wearing full body armor representing the armor of God. They were later released without being charged. The “armor” concept came from the Ephesians 6:11 description of the armor of God. The band was criticized by some Christians for their violent tones in songs such as “Crush the Head of Satan” which eluded to passages in the Bible, namely Genesis 3:15.  Stryken was an 80’s band radiating a rock/metal sound with their own unique biblical twist. Not as popular as Stryper, Stryken made some noise in their own time.

Stryken – 1987 – Fisrt Stryke (Christian Hard Rock) Complete Album
Pastor Ricardo Castro

 

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