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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In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.Full Feature More from HM Magazine
The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.Full Feature More from Comrades
On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."Full Feature More from Tigerwine