Dens 2021

Richmond-based rock force Dens dropped a nostalgic lyric video for “Were,” the latest single from their upcoming acoustic LP, Tamed Tongues. The stripped-down version voices the same powerful message as the original – which featured guest vocalist, Laura McElroy (Comrades) – through the lens of reflective Americana.

“We tried to faithfully represent the meaning of the originals while also giving the listener the chance to experience the lyrics in a completely new way.”

Shaun Hypes

This is the third entry in the band’s re-worked acoustic collection of their 2020 release, Taming Tongues.



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Heaven's Metal: An Oral History of the Genesis of Christian Metal

Heaven's Metal

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.


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