It’s just heavy enough and yet you can still understand the lyrics perfectly. And that’s the style Seventh Day Slumber plays perfectly with a mix of harder music and ballads and Christ centered lyrics. I love heavy metal and really enjoy the real heavy stuff with screams and growls but my favorite style is plain old hard rock. Seventh Day Slumber is a Christian rock/hard rock band formed way back in 1996. Their first big record company release came in 2005 with Shattered Life. But on to my review of their new release, Found released in 2017. I’m not going to lie, I’m a huge fan of them and was really looking forward to this album. I was not disappointed. So far, I’ve probably listened to this album a dozen or so times in just a few weeks.
The first song release is the title track, Found and hits right at home. “You were the one who always came running, when all my world had come undone. You were the one bringing my healing. With open arms, You call me son. Deep in the valley, You were still calling. Deep in my heart, I heard the sound. All of Your grace for all of my failure, I was so lost but now I’m found.” The album continues to blend heavier and softer tracks but the lyrics continue to hit home and bring great meaning. Joseph Rojas is the lead singer and founder of the band and his voice just fits perfectly with the lyrics and when I saw them live, he’s a good preacher too. You can just feel this band has a strong heart for the Lord.
My favorite song on the album is, Mercy Meets My Pain. Here’s the chorus. “There’s no light without the darkness. And without my struggle, I can’t be given peace. And through all the chaos and madness, You are working for my pain. In my darkest night, is where Your mercy meets my pain.”
I just can’t seem to get enough of these songs. I don’t know if this will be the album of the year for me but right now it’s running at the top. If you like Spirit filled lyrics with a tinge of heaviness, then this is the album for you.
But I definitely rate this as 5 out of 5 stars. I think it’s worth the money to buy.
Five bands and almost 4 hours of awesome music. It was a $10 ticket that was seriously worth $100. Two weeks ago I drove up up to north country of New York in Carthage to see Seventh Day Slumber headline their Summer Rockfest tour.
Opening the show was an all girl band called Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. And I mean girl, cause these are all 3 teenage sisters playing their version of metalcore they funnily refer to as beautycore. Maggie is the lead vocalist and she can scream with the best of them and would give even Lacey Sturm a run for her money. So we were off and running and rocking.
Next up was the band, The Protest. An up and coming hard rock band. Though I’d say they’re metal. Very heavy set and just awesome. And no break at all. Drum sets being shared, meant there was only about a 10-15 minute break between acts. Really liked these guys and bought their album. Good stuff. Definitely on their way to hitting it big onto a bigger record label.
Next up was the band Scarlet White. They’re a hard rock band with more good original music glorifying God. They’re a band that has done extensive touring and another band on the edge of hitting it big. Everyone so far has played short 5-6 song sets but they’re rocking pretty hard.
Next up is the final opening act of the night, Random Hero. They played a little longer set and from looking at their merch table, they have a bunch of albums out. And man, are they good. They have a great stage presence and really got the crowd involved. They’ve got a great sound and definitely comparable to Disciple and Skillet. And that ended the opening acts and was I full of energy. All the bands were very open about their faith and glorifying God. Even though it was a tiny crowd there, these bands were giving their best and it was much appreciated.
Now onto the main event, Seventh Day Slumber. Took about 20 minutes to set up but they hit the stage guns ablazing. Full on assault of hard rock and fire for pyrotechnics. But they would put on more than just a rock show. Joseph Rojas is the lead singer and shared his amazing testimony including the 20 plus year history of the band. These guys hit all their hits(of which there are many) and some cover songs. Hunger Strike originally played by Chris Cornell and mother love bone was a well done cover. Worship song, from the inside out was beautifully done. But Joseph also threw in some preaching with an altar call. The music was phenomenal but feeling the Holy Spirit working at a hard rock/metal show was just amazing. Seventh Day Slumber put on a beautiful show. But it was more than that. It was a full on ministry of sorts.
This was one of my favorite Christian shows I’ve been to. It rocked hard but yet, there was testimony, preaching and full on honoring God. What a phenomenal experience that has put me back on a spiritual high of sorts. If you get the chance, definitely check out each one of these bands. I went on a spending spree and bought all the opening acts’ albums. I’ll be posting those reviews soon. I already owned the whole discography of Seventh Day Slumber except for their early stuff from the late 90s which is now mine. But they do have a brand new release that is blowing me away. Review coming.
But this was definitely a five star show for me. Just loved it and loving how it’s made me feel.