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Top 10 Old-School Christian Metal Bands (NoiseCreep)

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Awesome wallpaper featuring the best Christian metal bands on the planet!

Who are the top 10 Oldschool Christian metal bands (Heavy Metal)?

Noisecreep has given us a list of some of the greatest Christian metal bands from yesteryear (and one modern) that are worth checking out.

Top 10 Oldschool Christian Metal Bands

1. Stryper
2. Believer
3. Trouble
4. Zao
5. Strongarm
6. Mortification
7. Extol
8. Vengeance Rising
9. As I Lay Dying
10. Tourniquet

Out of all of these, the only bands I’ve ever listened to out of this list are Tourniquet (absolutely awesome but extremely nerdy metal band), As I Lay Dying (Of course, goes without saying) and Zao. The rest? Not a single song (although I’ve heard of some of them).

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A badass Jesus Metal logo.

I actually left a comment on this list complaining about how this is an old-guy’s list, and most kids who only started listening to metal post-Korn/Slipknot or post-2000 will not have heard of most of these bands.

All of the great modern Christian metal bands that have changed the WORLD OF METAL (not just the Christian industry), from UnderOath to Demon Hunter to War of Ages to August Burns Red to Becoming the Archetype to Norma Jean to The Showdown to The Chariot to Impending Doom to As I Lay Dying are no where to be found on this list (er, with the exception of the latter).

Which is a crying shame. But instead of finding this list to be absolute crap, I instead decided that it was a pretty good list of OldSchool Christian Metal bands that a lot of modern listeners of my generation (I’m 27) have probably not heard of or checked out.

So what are you waiting for? EDUCATE THEE SELF!

Tourniquet – If Pigs Could Fly
“If this song was put out by Metallica, we would’ve heard it on the radio daily.” Couldn’t agree more, this song is absolutely awesome.

Tourniquet – Trivializing the Momentous, Complicating the Obvious
One of my favorite songs of all time will always be this one. This song is nerd-metal to the core, but infinitely compelling and ultimately awesome beyond description. Before I even truly new what metal was, I knew this song was insane.

 

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Can Christians Embrace Horror? Scares, Thrills, Spills, Guts and Glory In Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Dead Space And Others

The Cross Repels Evil

The Cross repels evil. In the end, good always triumphs over the hellspawns of the underworld.

Can Christians embrace horror? Videogames like Dead Space, Silent Hill, and Resident Evil feature scares, thrills, spills, guts and glory (quite literally) as they charge gamers with overcoming demonic abominations of the highest order, and surviving a world that’s gone to hell.

Personally, one of my favorite genres is Survival Horror, however like metal music, full of demonic imagery, skulls and bones, gore-fiends and moshpit-loving violence-craving thrill seekers, the genre is often interpreteted to be inherently Satanic.

And yet one who is in the genre or a heavy partaker of it, understands that glorifying the underworld and its manifestations of violence, blood, guts, blasphemy and filth; is not always the case for all bands who go the metal route. Beyond that, those listerns who love the headbanging world; are not always doing so as a full embrace of the antichrist-position that often spills from the mouths of secular metal bands.

Horror is much the same way, with the exception that most created horror IS not glorifying the light in any way… a notion that Christian metal bands convey to those willing to listen; while keeping the grotesque and violent motifs that are staples of the genre… only they twist it so it points to the Cross and away from the Pit.

It is hard to make that argument when discussing horror in either film or in gaming however.

But it is my belief that embracing horror videogames is not a full-out endorsement of what most of the games preach throughout the majority of the duration of said adventure through hellish imagery.

In fact, to write horror off as nothing but a pure act of grotesque blasphemy and filth with no redeeming factors, is to vastly oversimplify it. It is true that some horror does just that with no redeeming qualities, but NOT all of it. And that mindset does a disservice and writes off an entire complex genre made up of hundreds of thousands of different tales, characters, stories and worlds.

Like in the metal realm, there are plenty of smart, intelligent, horror-themed videogames that have many redeeming qualities. I believe horror and the desire to be scared can actually run parallel to the beliefs we as Christians hold. “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

Ultimately horror, in almost ALL cases, is about overcoming evil, savagery and blasphemous beings bent on delivering grotesque hell upon others. Beyond the striking and violent imagery, much like the Cross itself, is redemption and horrific stories of those who conquered the arms of death and lived to tell the tale.

Pyramid Head Represents Satan Artwork By Calisto Lynn

… Pyramid Head is an unforgettable Silent Hill character representing pure evil. Interpret it as Satan himself. Always there, constantly seeking whom he can devour.

In addition, a smartly told horror story, will intersperse many other elements that elevate it above a simple gore-fest. Silent Hill for example is a dive into psychological horror, where demonic sights and sounds unsettle the player, and try to suffocate you in fear. The story however is extremely deep, vastly open to interpretation, and is ultimately a tale of love, sacrifice, overcoming fear and triumphing over the evils of Hell… literally.

The opening of Silent Hill 2, for example, tells the tale of a man named James, who receives a letter from his wife. His deceased wife. In it she talks of their “special place”, a town called Silent Hill. He knows she is alive, dead people cannot write letters? Right? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Features, God, News, Videogame News, Videos

 

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Christian Music Videogame References Rap and Metal. Songs From Bands and Artists of All Genres Celebrating Gaming

Christian Videogame Tshirt - Call of Duty Weapons of Our Warfare

Christians are gamers too and vice-versa. Including metal bands and rappers of all stripes!

Its no secret. Videogames and Christian bands and artists from metal to rap are often gamers, just like I am. The result is that many Christian Metal and Hip-Hop artists grew up with videogames and thus are inspired by them or pay tribute to them in their awesome songs.

So what Christian songs of Metal and Rap feature videogame references? PLENTY.

This list comes from my own personal observances where I’ve noticed videogame references in the Christian metal and rap songs I love.

Please leave a comment to let me know of other Christian songs where you’ve noticed videogame references and I’ll add them to the list! Eventually I hope this will become a masterlist to find videogame references in modern Christian music!

CHRISTIAN RAP/HIP-HOP VIDEOGAME REFERENCES

CHURCH CLOTHES By LeCrae (From the Church Clothes Mixtape)
What is the Videogame Reference? “Al and Jesse don’t speak for me. I’m probably gonna catch some flack, mayne/ But I’m gonna swallow this pill like Pac-Man” at about 58 seconds into the music video.

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Song Video of the Day – For Today Fearless Music Video From Immortal Album

DAT FOOTSTOMP is epic! For Today Fearless Music Video Band Pic

Caught in motion for an epic footstomp!

Song of the Day for August 9th 2012 is For Today’s Fearless Music Video (Not to be confused with the epic For Today Fearless Lyrics Video) from their fourth full-length album, “Immortal”, their first album on new label Razor & Tie (instead of Facedown Records).

This song is a BEAST (Dat footstomp!) and the music video is absolutely awesome. This band rocks as hard as anyone and gets the singing down pat. This album has truly elevated them into one of my favorite bands!

Enjoy!

Previous Songs of the Day
* Misconception By LeCrae Featuring Propaganda, Braille and Odd Thomas
* Fearless by For Today
* One Sixteen by Trip Lee Featuring LeCrae
* MAD by E.B.R.U. Featuring Durrty Goodz
* Through Struggle By As I Lay Dying
* School of Hard Knocks By P.O.D.
* Infected By 12 Stones
* The Sphere of Hip-Hop By Mars iLL
* God of Nothing By MyChildren MyBride
* Silent Hill 1 Videogame Soundtrack Full Download
* Rush By Aly & AJ
* Dreamdecipher by Miseration
* Let You Down By P.O.D.
* They Like Me By KJ-52 Featuring LeCrae
* Heavy Prey By Lacey Mosley Strum of Flyleaf From Underworld: Awakening Soundtrack
* KJ-52 Exclusive WatchUsPlayGames Interview
* Four Wall Blackmail by Dead Poetic
* Fighter By Manafest
* Immortal By War of Ages
* Crowns By Phinehas
* Hell March Remix From Red Alert 3
* The Latest and the Last and Grand Finale By Demon Hunter
* Storm the Gates of Hell and Lead Us Home By Demon Hunter
* Feel As Though You Could by Demon Hunter
* The Wind By Demon Hunter
* Get Well By Icon For Hire
* The Science of Lies By Demon Hunter
* Hounds of Love By Eivor
* The Gauntlet By Demon Hunter
* Pokerap Pokemon Anime Theme Song Season 1
* Perfect Weapon By Black Veil Brides
* Trollabundin By Eivor
* No Reason To Exist By Demon Hunter
* Tie This Around Your Neck By Demon Hunter
* I Play Dead By Demon Hunter
* Goodbye For Now By P.O.D.

 

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Album Review: Conclusions By Altars, 1st Full-Length Album On Facedown Records

Alters Conclusions Cover Artwork

The cover artwork for the album “Conclusions” by the Facedown Records band “Altars”.

Conclusions by Facedown Records band “Altars” will appeal to those who like hardcore music and extremely heavy breakdown music, with vocals that are more yelled than screamed. You won’t get any deep growls here!

The band also tries their hand at more melodic pieces, and has some pretty good lyrical and thematic content from what I can gather. I had to listen to the album without the luxury of having lyrics available; something I typically REFUSE to do with metal albums. But even so I was able to enjoy the album pretty well. I know I’ll enjoy it even more once I get the lyrics for my review copy of the album from Facedown Records.

I enjoyed this record, even though the songs are not entirely distinctive from each other in my humble opinion, and the album really blends into itself; making it hard for me to remember any standout tracks. There are also several instrumental filler tracks that transition into the songs, although they are slower and thus are a welcome addition, but it lowers the full amount of real songs included on the album. Despite the forgettable nature of the album, I still had a good time listening to Altars, and this is band I’ll definitely continue to follow in the future. Give it a shot.

Song #1. Red Brick Army
This first track is a very heavy, mostly instrumental piece that sets the tone for the album extremely well. “We are the Red Brick Army, and we are hear to take a stand!” This is a fine little intro, although its nothing impressive.

Song #2. Scum
This is an awesome song and I really enjoyed it. It’s extremely heavy, and the anthem of “I am the scum of the earth! I deserve nothing” is done well and singable.

Here is the Scum lyrics video.

Song #3. The Coward
This song features a really cool portion at the bridge of the song where the band starts talking, with great lyrics about how God is reality and he believes. After that part the osong picks up again with the quick pace. Of which I’m less a fan of, but this is good song regardless.

Song #4. Portlen
This song starts out with a really slow, emotional sounding instrumental. Leading into the next track.

Song #5. Lower
The quick screams and yelling start off right off-the-bat in this next track. This song gets a lot better at about 1:30, which is the pace that I prefer from this band. I’m not a fan of the quick-screamed lyrics. Didn’t care too much for this song, although the themes are good. And the track ends on a high note.

Song #6. Unknowning
Now this is more like it! This track brings the heavy right from the gate just like we like it. The beginning of this track is when this band is at their back IMHO. However it then transitions into a more sing-y vocal style that I don’t care for. Before heading back to heavy and alternating the two. “This is my turning point”. Cool line, and directly after the two screams of that line, the song gets AWESOME. Overall I enjoyed this track.

Song #7. Ryland
This is another slow and quite beautiful little instrumental track.With a sad feel to it.

8. Montreal
EXTREMELY HEAVY intro. This is when this band is at their best and the intro here really impresses. “Look at me, I cannot seem, to hold my own.” At 1:10 this song gets totally insanely awesome. However its not carried throughout. Even so this song is one of the coolest on the album IMHO.

9. Shephards
A more emotional song with yelled lyrics from the start. This song goes in a bit of a different direction, with some really odd noises mixed in. Thematically I really like the lyrics I can understand from this song. At around 2:00 this song has a really awesome moment. Overall this song tries to take a somewhat more slower approach without totally slowing things down, which is interesting. Not a bad track.

10. Revelation
This song has a really quick pace, but with yelled lyrics that are spoken very deliberately. This is a really cool style. After the quick spoken first half, an awesome worship chorus kicks in with the band singing and speaking the name of Jesus. The whole worship vibe is AWESOME and I absolutely adore this track because of it. This is definitely THE standout. And the chorus is fantastic and singable. “Jesus, reveal your presense to me!”

11. Realization
This is another instrumental track leading into the next one… it’s a quick one.

12. Conclusions
I’m loving the intro of this track and the way it is done. Once again it goes into the quickly spoken vocals, which I’m less a fan of. But the vibe of this song is strong and I’m a fan of it. At around 1:12 we get some really cool music. It’s heavy without taking away from the melodic nature of the song. This song has an end-of-album emotional vibe to it that elevates it above a lot of the tracks on the album. Especially given the lyrics, which talk about how God is the answer to everything. A definite HIGHLIGHT.

Here’s a Conclusions album preview lyrics video from Altars!

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2012 in Album Review, Lyrics, Music, News, Videos

 

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Song Video of the Day – MAD by E.B.R.U. featuring Durrty Goodz

E.B.R.U. MAD Music Video

Yes the music video is as fun and awesome as this pic suggests!

Mad by E.B.R.U. – Sometimes you just need something a little bit different…

Enter this absolutely electrifying performance by the band E.B.R.U called “MAD”. It’s a really, really interesting song, with rapper “Durrty Goodz” coming in to spit a couple lines for the bridge. But it’s the female lead singer’s incredible performance that really steals the show. Not to mention the awesome instruments!

A friend of mine recommended I share this on the site so here it is! But I really, REALLY enjoyed this song! Color me surprised and impressed! – Thanks Angel Moe! :D

This song is from the debut album for E.B.R.U. (who is the girl, not the band) and this is her debut single! It will be released digitally on July 9 where you can pick it up on iTunes, Amazon, etc.

Check out the official E.B.R.U. Twitter and official E.B.R.U. website. Subscribe to her official E.B.R.U. youtube page, where you can see the rest of her videos. Here is an E.B.R.U. fansite you should also check out!

Last but not least, head to this website and vote for E.B.R.U.!

Previous Songs of the Day
* Misconception By LeCrae Featuring Propaganda, Braille and Odd Thomas
* Fearless by For Today
* One Sixteen by Trip Lee Featuring LeCrae
* MAD by E.B.R.U. Featuring Durrty Goodz
* Through Struggle By As I Lay Dying
* School of Hard Knocks By P.O.D.
* Infected By 12 Stones
* The Sphere of Hip-Hop By Mars iLL
* God of Nothing By MyChildren MyBride
* Silent Hill 1 Videogame Soundtrack Full Download
* Rush By Aly & AJ
* Dreamdecipher by Miseration
* Let You Down By P.O.D.
* They Like Me By KJ-52 Featuring LeCrae
* Heavy Prey By Lacey Mosley Strum of Flyleaf From Underworld: Awakening Soundtrack
* KJ-52 Exclusive WatchUsPlayGames Interview
* Four Wall Blackmail by Dead Poetic
* Fighter By Manafest
* Immortal By War of Ages
* Crowns By Phinehas
* Hell March Remix From Red Alert 3
* The Latest and the Last and Grand Finale By Demon Hunter
* Storm the Gates of Hell and Lead Us Home By Demon Hunter
* Feel As Though You Could by Demon Hunter
* The Wind By Demon Hunter
* Get Well By Icon For Hire
* The Science of Lies By Demon Hunter
* Hounds of Love By Eivor
* The Gauntlet By Demon Hunter
* Pokerap Pokemon Anime Theme Song Season 1
* Perfect Weapon By Black Veil Brides
* Trollabundin By Eivor
* No Reason To Exist By Demon Hunter
* Tie This Around Your Neck By Demon Hunter
* I Play Dead By Demon Hunter
* Goodbye For Now By P.O.D.

 

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Song Video of the Day – Through Struggle By As I Lay Dying Music Video (From Shadows Are Security Album)

Through Struggle Screenshots As I Lay Dying

From the head windmill to the hole in the….. door ;) This video rocks!

One of my favorite metal videos of all time is, without a doubt, Through Struggle by As I Lay Dying.

There is just such a raw power in the music, and yet the pacing of the video is perfect and perfectly fits to the tune of the vocals and the sound of the music. Not only that, but this music video tells a story… and while it is lost on you at first, by the end you’ll understand what was going on.

The story of the video also fits in perfectly with the lyrics from Through Struggle…. as you can read below. Through Struggle was the 8th track on As I Lay Dying’s third major-label full-length album, called “Shadows Are Security” (I love that album!) on Metal Blade Records.

Enjoy. :)

Keep in mind, if you’ve never heard Tim Lambesis’ vocals before from As I Lay Dying, you may have a really hard time keeping up with the lyrics and understanding what he is saying. Watch the video first, then go back to the lyrics. Tim does not clearly speak some of the words, and he says them in a quick fashion at points. So the word “assembled” is barely spoken and sounds like “smbo thoughts”, that’s because he is saying it very fast and not speaking the whole word, which is common in songs and bands, and a lot of times songs and bands will leave out introductory words like “It” or “The” in a line or barely utter the word; making it virtually impossible to hear. I think the lyrics in this song are fantastic though. In my typical style, I have tried to accentuate certain words and to write it out to match the vocals of the actual song as you are listening to it.

Through Struggle As I Lay Dying Lyrics:

Only through struggle
Have I found rest
With a piece of me … TAKEN
AWAY!
I BEGIN
To UNDERSTAND!
HOLLOW… OUT
This machine like CHEST

With its gears….
That turn to make me feel
And assembled thoughts
That fade away

Only through struggle
Have I found rest

Only through struggle
Have I found rest

Remove from me!
This DE-ception
That I call love
That I call love

With its gears….
That turn to make me feel
And assembled thoughts
That fade away

Remove from me!
This DE-ception
That I call love
That I call love

Only through struggle
Have I found rest
With a piece of me … TAKEN
AWAY!
I BEGIN
To UNDERSTAND!

I BEGIN
To UNDERSTAND!

I BEGIN TO UNDER——
STAAAAAND!

Previous Songs of the Day
* Misconception By LeCrae Featuring Propaganda, Braille and Odd Thomas
* Fearless by For Today
* One Sixteen by Trip Lee Featuring LeCrae
* MAD by E.B.R.U. Featuring Durrty Goodz
* Through Struggle By As I Lay Dying
* School of Hard Knocks By P.O.D.
* Infected By 12 Stones
* The Sphere of Hip-Hop By Mars iLL
* God of Nothing By MyChildren MyBride
* Silent Hill 1 Videogame Soundtrack Full Download
* Rush By Aly & AJ
* Dreamdecipher by Miseration
* Let You Down By P.O.D.
* They Like Me By KJ-52 Featuring LeCrae
* Heavy Prey By Lacey Mosley Strum of Flyleaf From Underworld: Awakening Soundtrack
* KJ-52 Exclusive WatchUsPlayGames Interview
* Four Wall Blackmail by Dead Poetic
* Fighter By Manafest
* Immortal By War of Ages
* Crowns By Phinehas
* Hell March Remix From Red Alert 3
* The Latest and the Last and Grand Finale By Demon Hunter
* Storm the Gates of Hell and Lead Us Home By Demon Hunter
* Feel As Though You Could by Demon Hunter
* The Wind By Demon Hunter
* Get Well By Icon For Hire
* The Science of Lies By Demon Hunter
* Hounds of Love By Eivor
* The Gauntlet By Demon Hunter
* Pokerap Pokemon Anime Theme Song Season 1
* Perfect Weapon By Black Veil Brides
* Trollabundin By Eivor
* No Reason To Exist By Demon Hunter
* Tie This Around Your Neck By Demon Hunter
* I Play Dead By Demon Hunter
* Goodbye For Now By P.O.D.

 

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