Springfield, MO-based pop-punk band Hold Close is proud to premiere the first single, “Temper,” from their upcoming EP, I Was Never Meant to Stay. The EP is set to drop in early October, recorded with Seth Henderson at ABG Studios, who worked with other pop-punk headliners Knuckle Puck. The video was done by Zach Mayfield of Mayfield Creative.

We spoke with vocalist Braxton Smiley about the new track:

“The song is very close to home. It’s about something that was really important in my life, and it slowly fell apart. But after everything that happened, it’s better to get through it and figure life out on your own. It’s actually a very positive song. I think ‘Temper’ really defines the EP and what Hold Close is. We can’t wait for everyone to hear the rest of this record. Shoutout to Seth Henderson at Always Be Genius Recording for helping us create something that means so much to us.”

The band will be touring immediately after the release of the EP in October. More information on dates and times will be available closer to the release of the album.


Atreyu- 2021

Atreyu's Baptism

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.


Photo by Ashley Osborn

Full Feature
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.


Full Feature
All Features