Summer 2022 gave us exciting new rock music from heavy rockers, such as Becoming the Archetype, and promising news for future music. Facedown Records promises great releases ahead. Rockfest Records continues to help Amongst The Giants hone their sound.
Some exciting news. Recently, rock icon Demon Hunter's first independent studio album hit the market. There were also many summer tours and festivals, such as Rock the Smokies, Light The Way, and Amplify. So I hope you had the opportunity to see some of your favorite bands live and in living color.
Some sad news. Christian metal pioneer Ted Kirkpatrick, the founder of rock band Tourniquet, passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPS) in August. He was 62. Also, Kaleb Luebchow, the drummer for the Christian metal band, War of Ages, died at the early age of 27. Both artists will be missed.
On a high note, I'm optimistic about Christian rock and metal's future. We have very talented signed and independent artists killing it in the world. Here is other news in further detail.
Amongst the Giants - "Medicated"
Rockfest Records is continuing to help artists and bands, such as Amongst the Giants, craft their modern rock and metal sound. Since Amongst the Giants released their single "Black Box" in 2019, their lyrical focus has been on the mental health crisis in America. The newest single, "Medicated," continues this message. The song highlights the ill side effects of being medicated while trying to enjoy life. I'm excited about the band's future in music.
Then It Ends - "Chasm"
One of the best Christian metal bands right now is Then It Ends. They've only been active since 2020 but have made a name for themselves by continually dropping new music and interacting with fans and other artists. "Chasm," their newest single, features Convictions' lead vocalist, Michael Felker. Together, they sing a song that dives into the metaphorical chasm of life forever apart from someone with opposing spiritual beliefs. From a Christian perspective, they claim that "Even if the dead rise, you will never believe." It's a difficult position to be in: seeing someone you care about not follow Christ. This song is killer. And as always, I look forward to more new music from the band.
Norma Jean - "Deathrattle Sing For Me"
Hard rock band Norma Jean is no stranger to metal music. Unfortunately, they're not often talked about. Cory Brandon, the band's lead singer and songwriter, has a more interpretive songwriting style that doesn't always connect with the audience. But on their newest, ninth studio album, Deathrattle Sing For Me, Norma Jean has a perfect blend of songwriting and musical expertise. It covers heavy topics in life such as loss of friendship, apathy for the world's offerings, and victory over struggles. It is a straightforward, in-your-face album in terms of lyrics and sound. It also has no shortage of aggression and hardcore chaos in the classic Norma Jean style.