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PostSubject: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:14 am

I haven't followed many Christian bands for a while, aside from those that emerged in the 80s and 90s during the salad days of the Christian metal community. Just out of curiosity, are there any bands that have emerged in the past few years that still actually identify with this label/sub-genre?
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:45 am

Not anything i may be aware of. But some members of this board probably have more info in this respect.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:38 am

No doubt there are plenty of Christians playing metal, but I'm mostly wondering if "Christian metal" per-se is even a thing anymore.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:21 pm

glassprison wrote:
No doubt there are plenty of Christians playing metal, but I'm mostly wondering if "Christian metal" per-se is even a thing anymore.

I think it's still a thing. Just nothing like it once was.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:39 pm

Nothing to write home about.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:42 pm

I think back in the day, a lot of the Christian metal world seemed to follow on the coattails of whatever was popular at the time in the secular world. Not everyone mind you, but a large percentage was marketed as "The Christian version of [Band X]".

Seeing how there isn't as much secular metal lighting the world on fire these days in terms of sales, there isn't much for the Christian metal market to latch onto.

What's popular with the kids these days? Dub step? It that still a thing? Maybe there's a big Christian dub-step movement we're unaware of?

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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:55 am

I don't even know what dub-step is, but yes, there are Christian dub-step bands.

As for Christian Metal, not really a lot new other than some of the older bands have plans for upcoming releases including Bride & Scared Warrior with Rey back on vocals. And there are a few new bands playing older style music made up of "classic" musicians.



Roxx Records mainly does reissues but they also have new bands on the label (or if they aren't new I have never heard of them).
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:06 am

Deliverance put out a new release that ive read nothing but good reviews
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:38 pm

New(ish) releases from:
STRYPER
DELIVERANCE
HATING EVIL
ADORNED GRAVES
RITUAL SERVANT
GALACTIC COWBOYS
SARDONYX
ZAXAS
THEOCRACY

Yes, people still identify their band as "Christian metal".
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:33 pm

MetalGuy71 wrote:
I think back in the day, a lot of the Christian metal world seemed to follow on the coattails of whatever was popular at the time in the secular world. Not everyone mind you, but a large percentage was marketed as "The Christian version of [Band X]".

Seeing how there isn't as much secular metal lighting the world on fire these days in terms of sales, there isn't much for the Christian metal market to latch onto.

What's popular with the kids these days? Dub step? It that still a thing? Maybe there's a big Christian dub-step movement we're unaware of?

Bro, that Christian dub step thing sounds right up your alley.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:27 pm

For a while it seemed that all the new bands were metalcore. Maybe some black metal. I've gotten so bored with it lately. A lot of crappy produced stuff with generic lyrics for the most part.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:57 pm

Now it's the salad days for Christian metal re-releases.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:38 pm

Temple of Blood wrote:
New(ish) releases from:
STRYPER
DELIVERANCE
HATING EVIL
ADORNED GRAVES
RITUAL SERVANT
GALACTIC COWBOYS
SARDONYX
ZAXAS
THEOCRACY

Yes, people still identify their band as "Christian metal".

Galactic Cowboys don't identify as Christian metal. I could be wrong, but I think the only member that is a practicing Christian is Ben Huggins. They have sort of gone the way of King's X.

If there are any lyrics with a Christian perspective, it's a Ben thing...
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:49 pm

If there is any modern Christian metal bands, they are definitely not as straight forward "evangelical" as the bands from the 80s and 90s. I don't see any unashamedly Christian Steve Rowe/Mortification style preaching.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:51 pm

There is an intense band called "This Way Up". I think Doug Van Pelt is in it [but he has taken off the ski mask].
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:39 am

Troublezone wrote:
Temple of Blood wrote:
New(ish) releases from:
STRYPER
DELIVERANCE
HATING EVIL
ADORNED GRAVES
RITUAL SERVANT
GALACTIC COWBOYS
SARDONYX
ZAXAS
THEOCRACY

Yes, people still identify their band as "Christian metal".

Galactic Cowboys don't identify as Christian metal. I could be wrong, but I think the only member that is a practicing Christian is Ben Huggins. They have sort of gone the way of King's X.

If there are any lyrics with a Christian perspective, it's a Ben thing...

I think all the guys are Christians but they never considered GC to be a Christian band. You know, the whole labeling thing.

BioGenesis is another newer band that I think are Christian.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:45 am

Thrasher73 wrote:
Troublezone wrote:
Temple of Blood wrote:
New(ish) releases from:
STRYPER
DELIVERANCE
HATING EVIL
ADORNED GRAVES
RITUAL SERVANT
GALACTIC COWBOYS
SARDONYX
ZAXAS
THEOCRACY

Yes, people still identify their band as "Christian metal".

Galactic Cowboys don't identify as Christian metal. I could be wrong, but I think the only member that is a practicing Christian is Ben Huggins. They have sort of gone the way of King's X.

If there are any lyrics with a Christian perspective, it's a Ben thing...

I think all the guys are Christians but they never considered GC to be a Christian band. You know, the whole labeling thing.

They were all Christian when they started, but some things have changed over the years. I read that Dane is into Buddhism and Monty has said on his podcast that he no longer follows organized religion. Although he did say that he still believes in God. I'm not sure about Alan Doss...
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:24 am

Unfortunately (or not?), the recent Guardian/Whitecross "Revival" EP seems to me to encapsulate the state of Christian Metal at the moment. That is: a crowd funded EP with various members of classic Christian bands re-recording their own songs with worse production and less energy and attitude than they had 30 years ago.

I mean, if you didn't tell me otherwise, I would have thought the re-recorded version of †"Never Say Goodbye" was actually some kind of unreleased demo for the actual song on Fire and Love. It's almost embarrassing to listen to.

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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:38 am

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Unfortunately (or not?), the recent Guardian/Whitecross "Revival" EP seems to me to encapsulate the state of Christian Metal at the moment. That is: a crowd funded EP with various members of classic Christian bands re-recording their own songs with worse production and less energy and attitude than they had 30 years ago.

I mean, if you didn't tell me otherwise, I would have thought the re-recorded version of †"Never Say Goodbye" was actually some kind of unreleased demo for the actual song on Fire and Love. It's almost embarrassing to listen to.

Your post reminds me of this:

The re-recorded version of Tourniquet's Stereotaxic Atrocities on the Tourniquet/Kirkpatrick all-star mishmash album Onward to Freedom must be one of the more unnecessary re-recordings out there. And I say this with heavy heart, being a superhyper fan of everything Tourniquet and Kirkpatrick.

It kinda also hurts me to know this was Luke Easter's last recording with Tourniquet.

The original song wasn't ever my favorite and it certainly was my least favorite song on Psycho Surgery, but the original at least didn't sound sloppy in any way and had way better energy to it and was way tighter AND Guy Ritter's unique vocals gave it a special edge. Not that Luke's vocals ruins the new version as I think Luke was perhaps the strongest part of that. It's just that it's musically waaaay under the quality of what the original was - and I don't care if there is Marty Friedman laying down the solos. It just didn't work.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:13 pm

I agree with your Tourniquet comment. The guitar is detuned too much, the playing is slower and the vocals don't work... I'm not much of a Luke fan to begin with, but that female backing vocal is really lame! The only interesting thing imo is the Marty solo.


The original is much better. Although it's the weakest song on Psycho Surgery.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:46 pm

Doesn't Believer have a new album coming out?
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:10 am

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The re-recorded version of Tourniquet's Stereotaxic Atrocities on the Tourniquet/Kirkpatrick all-star mishmash album Onward to Freedom must be one of the more unnecessary re-recordings out there.

Yikes, that re-recording is dreadful! How on earth did they convince Marty Friedman to be a part of it??
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:37 am

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How on earth did they convince Marty Friedman to be a part of it??

Blackmail photos involving Marty and various farm animals?

Just a wild guess. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:45 am

I know Saviour Machine is working on a new release I think 3:2 finally?
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PostSubject: Re: Anything happening in the Christian metal world of late?    Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:02 pm

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The re-recorded version of Tourniquet's Stereotaxic Atrocities on the Tourniquet/Kirkpatrick all-star mishmash album Onward to Freedom must be one of the more unnecessary re-recordings out there.

Yikes, that re-recording is dreadful! How on earth did they convince Marty Friedman to be a part of it??

$$$$. Marty probably spent 20 minutes tops on it. The man can improv decent solos with little effort.

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