These are exciting times in the Christian rock and metal scene. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, artists have used their time to create new music and plan for the future. I have been seeing announcements of a few tours beginning to form and schedules for the future, while bands have continued to write and release music during this time.
I'm hopeful and excited about the future of live music, hoping that we can see all our favorite artists in person soon enough. I trust that God has everything under control and has the best plans for it all. I hope you find the content in The Rock Report to be helpful.
New Artist: Collision of Innocence
Hailing from South Carolina, Collision of Innocence brings hope and faith through heavy rock music to all who listen. They have released eight singles that consistently prove that they deserve the one million streams they collectively have earned thus far. They are independent, making great use of their own studio resulting in high quality, powerful music that fits their vision. The band wants to share this message, "Look for new material in 2020 with some possible collaborations and don't forget to subscribe to our Elohim Music Inc YouTube page. Stay Safe and Keep Hope Alive!"
New Tour: Freedom To Worship Tour
In a modern world society where concert venues have been closed for months, the only news about tours has been cancellations or alerts to postpone them. As discouraging as this has been, I have been encouraged by Seventh Day Slumber and their official tour that they are embarking on. The band has been a prominent voice in the Christian rock community for many years, especially with the leadership of Joseph Rojas, the lead singer. The Freedom To Worship tour is hitting over 30 cities in the first leg of the tour. They have been sponsored by ChildFund, Refresh LED and a few others. Seventh Day Slumber is complying the best they can with state and venue restrictions. But, most importantly, they are bringing live music back. See tour dates.
Cindy "Mothership" Blankenship is a beloved member of the Christian rock and metal community. Cindy's passion for artists and bands sparked in her a dream, a method by which she can support them outside of the traditional merch purchases. Cindy's favorite way to support artists is by personally meeting their road needs. Whether it be her famous banana pudding, meeting general road life needs, or being a prayerful and genuine friend to the artists, she has organized it all under the moniker of "Mothership." She works with many groups in the Christian Rock community and also contributes to Rock on Purpose, a Christian rock news website. Cindy is a founder of The Grizzly Awards, the Christian music industry's first all-rock awards. She also volunteers with Germany's CVJM Loud and Proud Festival. The new, best way to hear from her is the radio show titled "Backstage with Mothership." It streams every Monday, starting in July 2020, at Solid Rock Radio. Thank you for your ministry, Cindy.
Throwback album: Haste The Day, Attack of The Wolf King
I have a 10-year-old throwback coming at you from Haste The Day. With Attack of The Wolf King, the Solid State Records-signed metalcore act changed things up a bit, both musically and with members. The changes included only one original member remaining, a new vocal lead, and a yet-to-be-released concept album. The result was often cited as an improvement to their music (many fans consider Attack of The Wolf King to be the band's best album). It is full of superb guitar work, consistently great vocals, and all the traditional metalcore elements. If the story doesn't hook you, I hope those elements will.
Devotional: Man Ov God, "Black Sheep"
Brook Reeves is best known for his vocals in the iconic death metal band Impending Doom. As of July 2020, Reeves has released six songs of what he has coined, "death trap" music, a combination of death metal and trap music. He used this death trap sound on his Man Ov God songs. Death trap is a truly unique sounding style of music with Reeve's faith-based lyrics at the front of it all. About the newest song, "Black Sheep", Brook says, "I wrote the song based on the judgement you will face from the church of you speak on certain topics or sound a different way or even look a different way. Of course not all churches, but I would say a decent amount do and before they know your heart they already dismiss you."
Ryan Adams lives in Ohio but grew up in Boise, Idaho. He graduated Boise Bible College in 2018. He fell in love with the heavy music scene through a best friend and enjoys sharing his love for it through NRT.
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