California or Bust

An Album By

False Idle

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False Idle’s California or Bust EP is a collection of acoustic versions of previously released songs by the band. (They come from a combination of the band’s I Refuse EP and their debut full-length album, Threat.) Hailing from Boise, Idaho, the Thumper Punk Records band, fronted by lead vocalist Sef Idle, has produced exceptional acoustic versions of several of his full band’s songs. As with any music, toning down the original to an acoustic version can be a bit of a challenge, but False Idle has managed to recreate its own songs into quiet-yet-upbeat treasures that still pack a punch. Notable tracks include “I Refuse,” “Retaliate,” “Threat” and “Where Do We Go.”


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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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Photo by Ashley Osborn

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Imperial Triumphant - 2021

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