Poetry Inspired by Red’s Until We Have Faces

Aimee Otero | October 17, 2018

Finalizing this one last time.
My due process in this world abides.
The faceless crowd pointing, screaming, hatred in their plea.
But inside me lies a meaning, a release from this disease.
Where is the nighttime and has the Light walked into their hearts?
Because He is every piece of what reminds the evil to depart.
I suppose the wrenching pain is an acid raining death,
for when the shadows try to claim them,
their own cries die in their last breath.
Yes, this world needs better,
yet this is not my final testimony.
Bleeding on the brokenhearted is turning them into purity.
I am one. The sheep who fled to be swept away by feeling.
And now I know who Grace is.
He met me on this healing.

Poetry by Aimee inspired by Red’s album, “Until We Have Faces”.

 

 

 

 

Linda Fau

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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

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!

Two Band Merch Items That Can Start a Whole New Trend

Linda | March 31, 2018

Are you looking for items that will help you absolutely kill it on the merch table? For bands these days, merch is king. If you do it right, merch can massively increase revenues for your band’s business.  I have two recommendations that I believe can start a whole new trend.

Fans love band T-shirts, Jerseys and Sweatshirts but in addition to the classic merchandise that a band typically offers, new, fresh items will get fans excited. What can be that next big items that they will buy, wear and spark their friends to want too?  I’m getting to that. I believe these two items have the potential to go big. This can only happen if they are awesome, of  course. Just slapping a band logo on them without considering design and style won’t cut it. Are you ready to promote your music with some incredible new merch that will have your fans posting pics on social media? I propose the two next big items that have to the potential to bring more sales to the merch table.

 LEGGINGS 

In case you don’t know, leggings have made a big comeback for women. They have been reinvented to come in all kinds of funky patterns, worn with T-shirts, dresses and just about anything really. As excited as some women get about their Disney leggings, rockers can absolutely kill it with band branded versions and fans will rock them with style. Seriously, this trend is growing like wildfire but few bands sell them. Some metal bands have been selling them, mostly because they were part of the genre look in a sleek, spandex version. Today’s band leggings will go far beyond that to appeal to any style, sporty, girly, rocked out, simple with just a band name. Here are some styles to help you get a vision about the potential for leggings as band merch to go BIG!

 

 

 

  

 

 

 SOCKS

Fashion is always looking for a new twist on a staple item. Socks are that item that can be taken from common utility item to fashion statement. Rolling up those jeans to show off your socks, wearing them with sandals or even high heels are trendy ways to show your a fan. Sharing ourselves is what this era is all about, not only on social media but out in public too. Sock competitions at the workplace and at events are becoming a popular thing. Your fans can show off their band socks at these events and represent their fav bands. Awesomely created band socks with album art, cool band logo or lyrics can be the next collectible item that fans will wear. The more they wear, the more they share . This is an exciting opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. Everyone wears socks and who wouldn’t want to buy a pair of socks with their band on them? These styles are for inspiration. Just imagine the styles that you can create with your band’s style, logo and band name that will have your fans in a frenzy.

To Wrap it Up

There’s not much more to say but the success of how big this can go is in how creative you get in the design and how well you market them. You will want to keep your fans personalities in mind when creating designs and have simple versions as well as trendy. You can get in on increased merchandise sales and be part of the buzz that I believe will be happening in the world of band products and merchandising.

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!

Let the Sparks Fly, TFK

TFK, Let the Sparks Fly

Linda | March 21, 2018

Let the Sparks Fly

-There’s no such thing as maybe,
burn it like it’s fading,
No more hesitating,
Let the sparks fly baby.
Drive it like ya race it,
You can call me crazy,
I’m just tired of waiting,
Let the sparks fly baby.

Give me one if it’s real
And two if you can feel it
Give me three signs that you’re awake
It only takes one spark
For two to fall apart
And three more to blow it away

Give me one if it’s real
And two if you can feel it
Give me three signs that you’re awake
It only takes one spark
For two to fall apart
And three more to blow it away

Let me take you into the light
There’s nowhere to hide
There’s nothing but darkness left here
Shake it off and let’s take a ride
‘Cause heaven’s not far away
And I’m not gonna leave you here

There’s no such thing as maybe
Burn it like it’s fading
No more hesitating
Let the sparks fly baby
Drive it like ya race it
You can call me crazy
I’m just tired of waiting
Let the sparks fly baby

Give me one good reason
Two more to believe in
And three shots at why I should wait
‘Cause I got one more match
Two strikes left
You got to three to get out of my way

Give me one if it’s real
And two if you can feel it
Give me three signs that you’re awake
It only takes one spark
For two to fall apart
And three more to blow it away

Let me take you into the light
There’s nowhere to hide
There’s nothing but darkness left here
Shake it off and let’s take a ride
‘Cause heaven’s not far away
And I’m not gonna leave you here

There’s no such thing as maybe
Burn it like it’s fading
No more hesitating
Let the sparks fly baby
Drive it like ya race it
You can call me crazy
I’m just tired of waiting
Let the sparks fly baby

Let the sparks fly baby

Let me take you into the light
There’s nowhere to hide
There’s nothing but darkness left here
Shake it off and let’s take a ride
‘Cause heaven’s not far away
And I’m not gonna leave you here

Let me take you into the light
There’s nowhere to hide
There’s nothing but darkness left here
Shake it off and let’s take a ride
‘Cause heaven’s not far away
And I’m not gonna leave you here

Let me take you into the light
There’s nowhere to hide
There’s nothing but darkness left here
Shake it off and let’s take a ride
‘Cause heaven’s not far away
And I’m not gonna leave you here

There’s no such thing as maybe
Burn it like it’s fading
No more hesitating
Let the sparks fly baby
Drive it like ya race it
You can call me crazy
I’m just tired of waiting
Let the sparks fly baby

Linda Fau

Owner/Blogger

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!

Ghost Ship

Theocracy, Ghost Ship

Linda | March 10, 2018

Messenger of ages, carried on the wings of second birth
Unto the silent secrets of the earth
Justice generation, anthem for the sense of purpose we lost
We rise above and count the cost
We are the ones the others left behind
Breath of life from the four winds
Watch these bones of death now march again

Pay the piper, here we go
Got a ticket for a one-way journey
Slay the viper, come follow, even if you’re ordinary
There’s a place for you here
Raise the anchor, all aboard as the Captain calls his misfits
This Ghost Ship
Sets off to shake the world, Let’s go!

Cast off for the journey, join us as we sail the open seas
Unto the great adventure – follow Me
All the world’s unwanted
Come aboard and leave your darkness behind
Desperate to count, redeem the time
We are the ghosts awakened to the light
Forged and branded in His name
Ancient workmanship before ordained

Pay the piper, here we go
Got a ticket for a one-way journey
There’s revolution in the air
Slay the viper, come follow, even if you’re ordinary
There’s a place for you here
Though you were dead, come alive
Raise the anchor, all aboard as the Captain calls his misfits
This Ghost Ship
Sets off to shake the world – let’s go!

Linda Fau

Owner/Blogger

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!

2017 Best Songs

Best Rock Songs of 2017

Linda | January 16, 2018

Another memorable year for Christian rock and metal to celebrate. These songs will be with us for years to come, adding to the legacy of music exploring life from the view of a believer in Jesus Christ, unashamed, honest and transparent even when some may not understand. Bands that express faith are often criticized for some lyric that stirs up the Christian community or by others who feel that there’s audacity in strongly sharing faith in your music. Honest music can push the boundaries on either side. That’s what makes the music real and not the status quo. We hope you enjoy this playlist of music released in 2017.

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Linda Fau

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Red, Gone

Red, Gone

Donn King | December 19, 2017

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. 

 

 

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!

12 Stones, Picture Perfect

12 Stones – Picture Perfect

Donn King | August 21, 2017

The 5th release from 12 Stones, Picture Perfect, is a good hard rock release with twelve tracks and two bonus songs make for a nice long album. 12 Stones is an American Christian post-grunge band that was formed in 2000 in Louisiana.  Their last release was Beneath the Scars in 2012, so they probably had plenty of material stored up to put into this album. My personal complaint is that the lyrics aren’t printed on the jacket and I love reading the lyrics. Picture Perfect is the title track. This is the official video released for it.

The songs are all solid mixing of heavy rock with some ballads. Lerlene stands out as a great ballad. I really like Blessing too. I’ve listened to the album a bunch of times and it’s just solid material. Nothing blows me away and doesn’t break new ground for them but they don’t need to. They put out consistently good music like bands Disciple and Skillet. They’ve had a few big crossover hits and just keep rocking along. If you like solid grunge to hard rock music, check these guys out and definitely give this album a listen. I’m giving it 3.5 stars out of 5. I think it’s a very solid release. Just wish they included the lyrics. They lost a half star for that.

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!

The Letter Black

Linda | May 1, 2017


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.

DISCOGRAPHY

2007, Stand, Independent

2010, Hanging on By a Thread, Tooth & Nail Records

2013, Rebuild, Tooth & Nail Records

2017, Pain, EMP Music Group/Kickstarter

EP’S

2009, Breaking the Silence

2011, Hanging on by a Thread, Sessions Volume 1

2011, Hanging on by a Thread, Sessions Volume 2

STAND – 2007

HANGING ON BY A THREAD – 2010

REBUILD – 2013

PAIN

In stores May 21, 2017, Preorder https://www.amazon.com/Pain-LETTER-BLACK/dp/B06XHK8W6K/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1520811817&sr=1-1&keywords=the+letter+black&dpID=51xb0IaL7%252BL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

 

 

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