This solo artist has added much maturity and songwriting prowess to his repertoire since his last release (2011’s self-titled). Kid Heart sounds somber, sober, emotional and melodic – like the more flowing tunes from Derek Webb’s Mockingbird album. The title track beckons the listener (probably finding the singer preaching to himself) to “get back, get back” to that heart that trusted in God like a child. “Daddy’s Broken Down Car” grades high as a poetic metaphor that a child believes when their parent’s arrival doesn’t happen – hoping for the best and believing a convenient excuse. It turns into a reminder that our Father in Heaven won’t let us down. Definitely give it a listen.
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
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
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
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