Impending Doom guitarist Manny Contreras is a man of many talents, and he recently released “The Thoroughfare” under the moniker In the Absence of Fear. It’s a four-minute track from what he calls “sleep music.” It’s a beautiful background listen, and with the combination of the rise in instrumental records and vinyl sales, I’m excited to see how a full-length like this would do, and in the long run, the resurgence of the album as a whole.


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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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.


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