The Rock Report exists to be a tool and an encouragement for you and those around you. This week, I'm making a change to this report: I highlight music festivals with great bands and artists, instead of tours. We're sad that artists and labels are canceling tours due to the COVID-19 virus. But, nonetheless, great music has already been released this year. Not to mention that great tours have already reached many people. Here's to a fantastic rest of year, full of awesome shows and excellent music.
Texas-based band, Relent, brings a hard rock/nu-metal sound with some unique rap and hip-hop elements mixed in their songs. They released their first full-length album, Heart Attack, in 2019. This, consequently, impressed many in the Christian rock community. Their album consists of seven powerful songs, such as "Send a Miracle." Shortly after the album's release, the band dropped a cover of DC Talk's legendary "Jesus Freak." I fully expect Relent to become one of the biggest upcoming Christian rock artists, one of Rockfest Record's best bands, as well as a great force in sharing the gospel to those who need to hear the message.
New Festivals: Alive, Kingdom Come, and Chains Unchained
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting tours greatly. Many of them are either canceled or postponed. But, I do have exciting news about great opportunities to see your favorite rock and metal bands--music festivals. The Alive Festival, based in Ohio, takes place on July 17 to 19. Possible featured acts include Memphis May Fire, Demon Hunter, Fit For a King, Skillet, and Death Therapy.
The Kingdom Come Festival, based in Indiana, happens on June 19 and 20. Featured acts include Spoken, Disciple, The Protest, Random Hero, Zahna, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, Relentless Flood, and The Persuaded.
The Chains Unchained Festival looks promising, as well. It takes place in Missouri on July 24 and 25. The line up includes Disciple, The Protest, Chaotic Resemblance, Zahna, Relent, Amongst the Giants, and Light Up The Darkness. Note: rock veterans Disciple is a common headliner at summer festivals.
News Headline: Joshua Fest On Indefinite Hiatus
One of the greatest supporters of all the sub-genres of Christian music outside the contemporary and worship genres is Joshua Fest. Joshua Fest was a California-based, multi-day Christian music festival that brought different alternative music genres to its stages. Rock, metal, rap, hip-hop, you name it; they would find a way to support artists.
Unfortunately, with the direction Christian radio has gone, internal issues, and some of the modern music trends, their attendance was declining. As a result, they can no longer continue the festival. In other words, the festival is now on an indefinite hiatus; 2019 was their last year. Joshua Fest featured some big names: Disciple, Lacey Sturm, Fireflight, Remedy Drive, Canon, and WHATUPRG. The festival also featured lesser-known, yet talented, artists.
The hosts' love for sharing the gospel through artists were often overlooked because of their genre made a powerful impact on the lives of fans and artists. Thank you to every volunteer, worker, and artist that made an eternal impact on many lives.
A Throwback Album: Living Sacrifice, The Infinite Order
Living Sacrifice are true Christian metal pioneers. Many of today's renowned metal bands, such as August Burns Red, Haste the Day, Demon Hunter, Saving Grace, and others, credit Living Sacrifice as having a major impact on their music. The band started making music in 1991. And, released six albums before disbanding in 2003.
Many fans were ecstatic to learn that Living Sacrifice returned. They released The Infinite Order with Solid State Records in 2010 (their "return" included two albums: The Infinite Order and Reborn. The band is still active, just no new music.). The Infinite Order is one of the greatest return albums one could ask for. The strengths of each band member shine on the album. And, even though the music doesn't sound like their older stuff, the signature sound of Living Sacrifice is evident.
The lyrical writing is outstanding; you can hear the talent of veteran musicians with every song. Vocalist Bruce Fitzhugh delivers his best on every track. For me, if any band returns from a breakup and wants to make music, they have a few lessons to learn from Living Sacrifice. They can give counsel on how to utilize their strengths and make a killer comeback.
A Song Devotional: Dens, "Even"
Christian rockers Dens has been with Facedown Records for a few years. They just released Taming Tongues, their debut full-length album with the music label. I believe it's not only their best music they have ever made but one of the best in Facedown Records history. The album's opening track, "Even," speaks the truth that when we face struggles, "It's not about getting even." We know that "they say vengeance is sweet, but the remnants are bitter." And, if we keep going back and forth between those we are at odds with, it only keeps the tension. So, let us learn from Dens and the wisdom they share, which is abundant on the whole album. Let us forgive one another and forget about trying to get even. After all, the Lord promises that he will avenge us (Romans 12:19). Who do you need to forgive in your life? How can you remedy a conflict between one another instead of trying to get even?
Ryan Adams grew up in Boise, Idaho for most of his life. He fell in love with rock and metal music through his high school best friend. He currently lives in Ohio and loves sharing his passion of music with NewReleaseToday.
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