Daniel Amos’ latest album, Dig Here Said the Angel, finds the veteran band in fine form with a sound both vintage and modern. As usual, these songs offer the combination of Terry Taylor’s genius lyrics backed by a group of sometimes underrated musicians. Taylor’s best new lyrics are inspired by shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus Wept.” It finds him meditating upon Christ’s humanity, leaving him feeling far less self-conscious about his own daily human struggles. He knows this life isn’t always fair when he sings, “Another bad guy wins/More good friends die/They mounted up like eagles/Now they’re dropping like flies.” We’d all like to honestly ask, “Death, where is thy sting?” but most of us simply can’t ask that confidently. Taylor concurs by begging, “Help me understand when death still stings.” Jesus, the man, did the only reasonable thing when observing the human condition — He wept. So must we, sometimes.
With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.Full Feature More from Imperial Triumphant
When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.Full Feature More from Guardian
At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.Full Feature More from Atreyu
Death metal is no longer strictly a one-kind-of-sound genre but a cloud under which many elements have formed. We have assembled five must-hear death metal acts you should be listening to now, each distinctly set apart from another in form, yet still brethren in the death metal community.Full Feature More from In-Conquered