I hope you had a summer filled with great music festivals and tours. Some awesome ones are coming up, such as Skillet headlining the Rock Resurrection Tour supported by mainstream rock bands Theory of a Deadman and Saint Ansonia. I'll be attending a show in Montana (tour list here).
Alternative rock band Switchfoot celebrates the 20th anniversary of their album, The Beautiful Letdown,with a special tour playing the record front-to-back. Check out the tour list here for dates and venues. I highly recommend watching the KingdomCore Podcast for news and discussions about Christian rock and metal. The hosts are two enthusiastic members of the community who provide excellent content. Keep an eye out for new music on NRT. Here are some of the latest releases that I think you will enjoy.
War of Ages -"Laodicea"
War of Ages is one of the industry's most influential Christian metal bands. They have been a paragon for the Christian metal scene since their second album, released in 2006. Would you believe me if I said their new singles are the best songs they've ever made? Listen to "Laodicea" and prime yourself for an incredible album. Their 9th record, Dominion, is made in honor of the passing of their late drummer Kaleb Lubechow.
Remedy Drive -"Begin Again"
Christian rock band Remedy Drive has been impactful in multiple ways through the medium of their rock music. The band actively supports child trafficking prevention through The Exodus Road organization. Their music has always been filled with hope and biblical truths that pair well with their mission. The band shared on social media about their upcoming record's first single and the band's future. They stated they are writing songs to unite people and bridge the gaps created by war, oppression, anger, fear, and divisive voices. Their goal is to use the language of restoration to heal the divides between people. This comes with completing a Kickstarter event for their next chapter as the band. The new song, "Begin Again," is a powerful, encouraging track.
I love sharing independent bands you may not easily find elsewhere that deserve your attention and support. A new solo metalcore band, Spiritwalker, released their debut album, Heretic. This record is full of nasty breakdowns, gritty and clean vocals, and a great depth of songwriting. The future of Christian metal continues to shine brightly when bands like this release such quality music seemingly out of nowhere. Check out the record and playlists for bands like Spiritwalker.