The folksy aspect of Costly, the sophomore studio EP from worship band Ghost Ship (formerly of Mars Hill), makes the album a breath of fresh air in the overly saturated “worship genre.” Perhaps the best way to describe Ghost Ship’s unique, down-to-earth sound is that it’s reminiscent of warm summer nights, sitting on a porch with good friends and family, laughing and sharing stories. The songs are inviting as well as intimate, with lyrics focused on God’s love and what that love means to us. Notable tracks include “Invitation,” “The Way,” “Fear and Love” and their adaptation of the hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” Add a little folk and country to your worship playlist; you won’t be disappointed.
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
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
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
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