I remember the moment well; I was about four days into my first bout with COVID-19 and couldn't smell or taste anything. To make matters worse, I had brain fog that only lifted if I was doing something besides laying around, which was all I wanted to do. It was in that state I found myself sweating on my treadmill, silently wondering why I was doing this to myself. You see, I'm a runner, I enjoy putting in miles outside in all weather, but I just felt like death and I hated the treadmill. It's in that moment that I was introduced to this fun little unknown band by the name of Deep Al | Brindle. I'll be honest; my disposition is inclined in a way that I am more of a metal head, which makes the fact that the song I heard that night, "CTRL V" (which wound up on their stellar EP, No Rush, No Curfew) all that wilder. I'm glad to say that their second EP on Tooth and Nail, Late Night, Early Morning has the same sense of borderline wonder and enjoyment...
Tommy Green is certainly a familiar name to fans of Christian heavy music; his origin with Facedown Records metal band xDEATHSTARx now dates back more than two decades. Still, he's likely better known for Sleeping Giant, the hardcore band that he led through five studio albums, including their blistering Facedown-released 2018 swan song, I Am, one of this writer's favorite releases on that label. Green is finally back with a new Facedown project called HolyName, a duo with guitarist Joe Holt. And to be honest, it feels a little odd to be writing this review in January of 2023, because HolyName has been on many heavy playlists for a long time -- the first two singles from this project date all the way back to April 2021, and two-thirds of the album's nine core songs (an additional three interludes complete the 12 tracks) have already been released individually...
Showbread is not a band. But if they want to release new music that serves as a companion piece for the lead singer's new book which contains a secret website and password that you need in order to access the music, who's gonna stop them? Nobody, that's who. And so that's what they did - a whole album's worth, even! Our Fathers Were Models For God is an album fans never thought would happen from a proudly showdead entity, but its sudden appearance is cause for said fans to celebrate, as it's everything we could've wanted and more.
First things first: this album is designed to complement Josh Porter's new book, Death To Deconstruction: Reclaiming Faithfulness as an Act of Rebellion. Admittedly, the album is wholly...
Hope Darst, most famous for her recent singles "Peace Be Still" and "Promise Keeper," is back with If the Lord Builds the House. While her previous singles did not particularly stand out to me, I was compelled to give her another shot.
The EP begins fairly strong with the title track, a Joshua 24:15-inspired song that is elevated by Darst's soulful singing. I would not be surprised to hear this song on the radio soon. However, Darst's vocals are unable to save "Breakthrough Coming" from mediocrity. The cloying, generic lyrics about speaking God's name have good intentions, but fans looking for more depth will be sorely disappointed...
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