Seventh Day Slumber was one of the opening bands for the first rock show I ever went to. I was a sixth grader. In person, I was mesmerized with the band’s energy and sound on stage. They impressed me so much I bought my first band shirt from them, which I still have in a tote buried in the depths of my closet. Even though I’ve obviously changed since then, I still find myself loving the music this band is producing. I find so much to appreciate about their most recent release, a five-track EP named Redline. The instrumentation and breakdowns on Redline still sound like the band’s older music, reminiscent of one of their first releases, Once Upon a Shattered Life — the album I saw them perform live over a decade ago. Perhaps the nostalgia myself and a number of fans of the band may experience with this EP could have us seeing through rose-colored lenses, but Christian rock’s notoriety for being cheesy in both content and musical output should be considered. However, there is not a single music connoisseur who would listen to this album and not find genuine talent on this well-written collection of songs. Tracks such as “Lost in the Lights” exemplify the typical pop-rock song format, but the redemption is found in the instrumentation, with impressive guitar work and a groove that anyone can bang their head to. For an EP, it’s a venture that proves this is some of the band’s best work yet, and if it’s a stage-setter for a future full-length, it upholds the band’s worth in their arena.
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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
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
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