New Releases For November 8th and 11th, 2011

Auburn-Parallels
Parallels
Auburn

CI Records
Metal
Buy: Amazon MP3

The Life And Death Of A Plea For Purging
The Life And Death Of A Plea For Purging
A Plea For Purging

Facedown Records
Metal
Buy: Amazon

As I Lay Dying-Decas
Decas
As I Lay Dying

Metal Blade
Metal
Buy: Amazon

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The Color Of Red
Brock Human

Independent
Dance rock/worship
Buy: Amazon MP3

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The Sound Of Victory
Maurette Brown Clark

Atlanta International Record Co.
R&B/Gospel
Buy: Amazon

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Wed White And Wu Mixtape
Playdough & Heath McNease

Independent
Hip-Hop
available for free or pay-what-you-feel through Bandcamp

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Lawless
Righteous Vendetta

Red Chord Records
Metal
Buy: Amazon

New Releases For November 11th, 2011

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All Or Nothing
Big Nick

Crenelja Entertainment
Rap

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Rich & Poor
Robbie Seay Band

Independent
Folk/Worship
available through robbieseayband.com

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Yours Truly
Tru 2 Da Name

Independent
Rap
available for free…….somewhere

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The EP
Wavorly

Independent
Rock

Music Video: A Plea For Purging-Heart Of A Child

Another awesome video from the doods in A Plea For Purging for their song “Heart Of A Child” which will be on their upcoming, November 8th, 2011 release The Life & Death Of A Plea For Purging.

Ignore the fact that this is for a metal song, if you don’t laugh at this video, we cant hang out.

Free MP3 Album Download:Facedown Summer Sampler

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I want everybody to know that I have not been purposely posting samplers exclusively lately. I find this free music and I just put it out there as quickly as I can. This week we got some hard and heavy tracks form the Facedown Records family and Alt Press. 12 tracks of their finest and brightest, they even threw in a few unreleased songs to boot. Check the track listing below and then click through to download the album. You are welcome…..

1.For Today “Devastator”
2.My Epic “Lower Still”
3.War Of Ages “Collapse”
4.In The Midst Of Lions “The Machine”
5.A Hope For Home “The Overman”
6.Impending Doom “Orphans”
7.Call To Preserve “Empty”
8.A Plea For Purging “Shiver”
9.The Burial “Demons Never Sleep”
10.Onward To Olympas “Sink Of Swim”
11.As Hell Retreats “Poor God”
12.Wrench In The Works “Project AK-47″

Download the Facedown Records/Alt Press Summer Sampler

New Releases For June 24th and July 6th, 2010

We were at Cornerstone Fest 2010 last week, and I forgot to post the new releases for June 24th, so we doubled up the post this week. GO SUPPORT YOUR MUSIC!

New Releases For June 29th, 2010

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Rain’s A Comin’
Children 18:3

Tooth & Nail Records
Punk/Rock
Buy NOW:
iTunes
Amazon

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Inside Out
D-MAUB

Dedicated Music Group
Rap
Buy NOW:
iTunes
Amazon

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Travel III EP
Future Of Forestry

Credential Records
Progressive Rock
Buy NOW:
Amazon
iTunes

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Attack Of The Wolf King
Haste The Day

Solid State Records
Metalcore
Buy NOW:
Amazon
iTunes (Deluxe Edition)

Kristina Halloway-Free
Free
Kristina Halloway

Psalms Group
R&B
Buy NOW:
iTunes
Amazon

Patrick Paegel-Find Me Pure
Find Me Pure EP
Patrick Paegel

Penny’s Gang Records
Contemporary
Buy NOW:
iTunes
Amazon

Phil Tarver-Place Of Worship
Place Of Worship
Phil Tarver

Kingdom Records
R&B/Gospel
Buy NOW:
iTunes
Amazon

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Voices In The Night
Silverline

Vertical Shift Label
Pop Rock
Buy NOW:
iTunes
Amazon

Tru Serva-Paper Boy
Paper Boy
Tru Serva

Psalms Group
Rap
Buy NOW:
iTunes
Amazon

New Releases For July 6th, 2010

A Plea For Purging - The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell - 500
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
A Plea For Purging

Facedown Records
Metal/Hardcore
Buy NOW:
Amazon

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Feast Of Crows
Corpus Christi

Victory Records
Metal
Buy NOW:
Amazon

John Mark McMillan-The Medicine
The Medicine
John Mark McMillan

Integrity Music
Pop Rock
Buy NOW:
Amazon

my epic yet
Yet
My Epic

Dreamt Music
Rock
Buy NOW:
Amazon

Facedown Records’ Young & Wreckless Tour Announced

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Yesterday, Facedown Records (home of War Of Ages, For Today, A Plea For Purging, ect.) announced a monster tour featuring their newest artists to the label. the tour will feature A Hope for Home, Hands, Onward To Olympas,In The Midst Of Lions:

We are happy to announce the Facedown Records “Young & Wreckless Tour” that spotlights our up and coming bands. This will be a full US tour that kicks off in mid March and runs through April. The tour consists of In The Midst Of Lions, Hands, A Hope For Home and Onward To Olympas. Check out the tours section for all the dates and make sure to check out all 4 of these great bands. The “Young & Wreckless Tour” is brought to you by Outburn Magazine, Merch Now and Black Rose District Clothing.

March 12 – Carthage, MO @ The Powerhouse
March 13 – Camdenton, MO @ The Warehouse
March 16 – Terre Haute, IN @ THMV The Venue
March 18 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Broadripple
March 19 – Grand Ledge, MI @ Imagine This
March 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
March 22 – Montclair, NJ @ The Meatlocker
March 23 – Baltimore, MD @ Macc
March 25 – East Ridge, TN @ The Warehouse
March 26 – Cape Girardeau, MO @ 4H
March 27 – Bartlett, TN @ T.H.A.T. Church
March 28 – Dacula, GA @ Awake
March 30 – Jacksonville, FL @ Murray Hill Theatre
March 31 – Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery
April 1 – Kissimmee, FL @ Second Saturday Showcase
April 3 – Madison, AL @ Cornerstone Church
April 5 – Little Rock, AR @ Vinos
April 6 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
April 7 – Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
April 8 – Dallas, TX @ Fat Daddy’s
April 9 – Waco, TX @ Art Ambush
April 10 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
April 11 – Wichita Falls, TX @ Falls Music Complex
April 13 – Albuquerque, NM @ TBA
April 14 – Tempe, AZ @ 23 West
April 15 – Yucca Valley, CA @ Joshua Spring Calvary
April 16 – Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
April 17 – Rancho Cucamonga, CA @ The Nitty Gritty
April 18 – Palmdale, CA @ The Crossing
April 19 – Sebastopol, CA @ Mt GIlead
April 20 – Klamath Falls, OR @ Contemporary Artist Kitchen
April 22 – Twin Falls, ID @ River Christian Fellowship

Free MP3 Album Download: Another Way To Fight Vol.2

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So you may not have any idea about the website Beehave.fr (great name by the way), and that is ok, because we don’t really know much about it either.  It looks like a really cool website, so it is entirely in  language that we cant read.   It seems though that the kind people over at Beehave.fr were nice enough to put together a little sampler for all of us.  Im sorry, I misspoke, they put together a MONSTER sampler for us!  60 freakin tracks, from all kinds of bands and artists!  There is hardcore, worship, some electronica, quirky indie rock, progressive experimental rock, and so much more!
So I will shut up in a sec and let you dive in, but here is how it goes: the sampler is divided into four smaller parts, and below is the tracklisting for each part with the link to download below it.  Simply save the .ZIP file to your computer, EXTRACT ALL FILES once it is done, and start tearing through this amazing collection of music….

Another Way To Fight Vol.2-Pt.1

01. Maylene and the Sons of Disaster – Step Up (I’m On It)
02. Holding Onto Hope – Between Failure and Fraud
03. Escape From Sickness – How Few Can Destroy Much
04. Sleep for Sleepers - Thieves And Bones
05. Through Solace – We Were So Sincere
06. X-Sinner – World Covered in Blood
07. The Tug Fork River Band – Grave Digger
08. Venia – Seeker
09. The Blue Letter – Philadelphia
10. The Devil Wears Prada – Dez Moines
11. Sacrificium – I Am the Enemy
12. Underneath the Gun – Cutting Ties, Breathing Lies
13. Escape From Emptiness – Age of Conflict
14. Nitengale – Secret Police (4:20)
15. Everett – The Crown (4:37)
Download Another Way To Fight Vol.2-Pt.1

Another Way To Fight Vol.2-Pt.2

16. Fallstar – Open Hands
17. Parade Schedule – Backyard
18. The Rose McCoy – The Weather Outside Is Weather
19. Sons of God - Caution
20. Thieves & Liars – Fight Song
21. Abandon Kansas – I Wonder If It’s Me
22. Capybara - The Wimp
23. I Am Alpha and Omega – The Stars Will Bleed Your Name
24. Wolf Dragoons – A Voice in the Desert
25. Grave Robber – Altered States
26. The Red Baron – Latest Hot Shot
27. Great Awakening – New Life
28. Caleb Winn – Dunlap House
29. The Frozen Ocean – Ghosts
30. Hands – Of the Flesh
31. The Ember Days -Run to You
Download Another Way To Fight Vol.2-Pt.2

Another Way To Fight Vol.2-Pt.3

32. So Long Forgotten – Hills Humbled, Mountains Made
33. Yours for Mine - Call Me Distant
34. A Plea for Purging- Misanthropy
35. Anchors – Airplane
36. The Neverclaim – Revival
37. Perhapsy – Bow Song
38. Ian McIntosh – Come Away>
39. Cobra – Lady on the Bricks
40. Daniel Bashta – Awakening
41. Redemption – Lifeboat
42. Earth From Above - Numbered with the Transgressors
43. Max Justus – Bending Space and Time
44. The Normans – I Finally See
45. Abel – Dressed Like a King
Download Another Way To Fight Vol.2-Pt.3

Another Way To Fight Vol.2-Pt.4

46. Believer – Redshift
47. Sleeping Giant – Gang Signs
48. October Light – Hands High
49. All In – Charles Barkley
50. The Billen Brothers – Little Russia
51. Neviah Nevi - Virtue
52. Sam Billen – Returning
53. Preson Phillips – Then They Will Know
54. Solemn Vow – Cheer Up Charlie, Give Me a Smile
55. State Bird – I Don’t Luv U Anymore
56. Ascend the Hill – Sing
57. Deuteronomium - Of Life and Death
58. Lovelite – There You Are
59. Ambroise George – Messager De La Bonne Nouvelle
60. JTM Band – Que Ma Louange Te Plaise (Live)
Download Another Way To Fight Vol.2-Pt.4

The Many Facets Of Christian Music

Ever since we started The One21, we have been learning a lot. From the vast amount of  new talent we come across, to the trends in music and entertainment we have been able to identify, this company has allowed us to learn new things daily about the world of music we love so much.  We have tried to share those trends with you, and explore what the digital age of music has done for the underground music movement. We have attempted to expand the knowledge of the music out there being made by believers.  We have tried endlessly on this site to change the perception of what most people think when they hear the term “Christian music”, and bring you a whole new world of music that exists outside of the mainstream Christian industry.

It is in that last idea that we have run into the most trouble.  We feel that this website and the database of music we are building is our calling, our ministry to you, the person reading this.  We feel that we have a responsibility to give you as much information about the artists we talk about so that you can make the most informed decision on what music you allow in to your life and those around you. On the other hand, we also feel that we have a responsibility to artists we talk about. We don’t want to force any artist to label themselves as something they don’t want to labeled as.  The choices that an artists make in their career are their own, and it be irresponsible for us to (forcefully) change those decisions ( we REALLY want Kate Minor to come back to music, and I REALLY want Damien Rice to become a believer).  So how do we talk to people about music that is made by believers without forcing those artists to be pigeon-holed into a scene they want to exist outside of.

This struggle was put center stage recently as we attended SXSW. A band that we have featured on this site (I’m not going to tell you who it is, don’t ask), had a very strong reaction to us wanting to interview them and talk about it on the site. They told Chuck “well we are Christians, but we defiantly don’t make Christian music”, and were still debating this issue when I walked past them ten minutes later. Some of the members seemed upset that since we were a site that covered Christian music, that talking to us would change the perception of their band in the general public. However, all the research we had done on the band not only revealed that they were believers, but the majority of their lyrics centered around the dark picture the church paints of Christ versus what He truly is. We felt a little awkward because in a way we had tried to make them something they didn’t want to be, which is their call, not ours. The outcome is that they didn’t talk to us, even when Chuck attended their show a few nights later.

Later that same week, Chuck presented our pastor with a signed copy of a CD, from one of the hip-hop artists we interviewed, for his ten year old son who is really into hip-hop at the moment.  Our pastor thanked Chuck, but said that he needed to listen to it before his son could have it.  That seemed strange to me for a moment, but then he explained that another Christian hip-hop artist had frequently used the word “hell” (in the correct context by the way), a word that shocked and offended his young children who had been told NOT to say that word. It occurred to me that a lot of people can’t just listen to ANY artist who says that they are a Christian, even with ideologies that match up, subject matter is still an issue.

So on one side, we have believers who are making music, but do not want to be part of the Christian music world, and on the other side, we have people who need help with finding the right artist that helps them live their faith.  On the one hand we know of a lot of Christian artist who hardly ever talk directly about their faith in their music, and on the other we have a responsibility to present music that lines up with the ideologies that exist in Christianity. The dichotomy bothered me all week until we met with Tre9, a Houston hip-hop artist and founder of DaSouth.com, who spoke in our interview with him about hip hop artists being relevant to the audience that they are trying to reach.

79975“You’ve got to know as an artist who you are going to target your message to. Obviously if you want to disciple Christians then you need to make music relevant to them. Which would be music: quoting scriptures, having heavy spiritual content; but if you want to reach people that don’t have church knowledge and maybe don’t even read their Bible then you need to bring it down to their level. So, that may require you to do music that shares your life story more often, and maybe closes with the fact that you found fulfillment in Christ, but you’re not so heavily focused on making sure you get a scripture in there. Throw a Jesus here; throw a God, a Holy Spirit there. Throw the word redemption. You know sanctification; these words that the world doesn’t understand. You want to make music that is relevant to where they are at mentally and even spiritually.

When I say relevant, you’ve got groups like P.O.D. who are way into the world, but are making relevant music to their audience, and look at them, they are global. They have penetrated a market that they couldn’t penetrate when they were labeled a Christian artist. I think that’s good. A lot of people think they are sell outs because they don’t preach the gospel in their music, but for me I feel that this world needs Godly principles, they need the Bible interpenetrated in today’s language so that it’s relevant. So, if P.O.D. makes a song about ‘I feel so alive’, but they don’t say it’s because of Jesus; I think that person will eventually become a follower of P.O.D.; listening to their music, going to their website, researching and finding out “Hey, these guys are Christians. So that’s what they mean by ‘I feel so alive’.” So they don’t have to put it into a song for me. Now, a lot of people would disagree with that but, we need wholesome music. We need songs that deal with drugs, and the dangers of drugs; songs that deal with abstinence. These songs don’t have to say anything about God.  God is in that, God wants people to live an abstinent life, God wants people to avoid drugs. So, I’m ok with making music that is relevant to that market or that particular group of people. Going into public schools we can’t do Christian music, especially during school hours. You can’t just go in there preaching about Jesus. So, if you are going to make music relevant to a school; if it’s an elementary school, then you need to write some stuff elementary level. Junior high, High school…so that’s what I mean by relevant.”

I was blown away. This was a concept that had always been in the back of my mind, but I had never heard put into words.  I also realized that this line of thinking could be applied to all music, not just the world of hip-hop.  As I thought about it more, I became aware that this was how the whole scope of the Christian music scene fit together, even the artists that wanted to exists outside the borders of what is traditionally thought of as Christian music.  This is how we can talk about really good music that is being made by believers, but not really overtly spiritually, and then turn around and talk about worship music in the same breathe.  It is because in “Christian music” there are different forms of it, but all of them are written from a world-view of Christ.

In the end, I propose that all music, written from a foundation of hope and faith, that God can use to touch people’s hearts, can be divided into three categories:

The Spiritual- this is music that is made by believers, and is mainly intended for believers.  This music uses language and subjects that believers understand, and is made mainly for the purpose of worship, education, and encouragement. This music will use a lot of direct Biblical scripture, or discuss the literal concepts within the Bible. The gospel message is OBVIOUS to anyone. This music is meant to celebrate and discuss God and His teachings. This is were the majority of worship music will exist, as well as artist who talk about heavy Biblical truths.
Examples:
The Ambassador
Becoming The Archetype
Third Day
Derek Webb
Jason Upton
Shane and Shane
Enter The Worship Circle
Toby Mac
For Today
Dirt

The Message- the music in this category is evangelical in nature. It is made by believers for everyone. While it deals with strong Biblical truths, the music is made to appeal to both believers and non-believers alike.  The messages are meant to talk about address the need for Christ and the struggles that people go through before the come to know Him, and the relationship that exists afterward. Sometimes the message is obvious, sometimes it isn’t.  Most artists talk about their faith not only through their lyrics, but also from the stages that they play from (be it a church or a bar stage). This category is a musical response to the great commission.
Examples:
Switchfoot
Lecrae
August Burns Red
P.O.D.
SuperChick
Kaboose
A Plea For Purging
mewithoutYou
Project 86
Joy Whitlock

The Light- this is the category that collects all the Christians who are out their making music, but are not necessarily talking about anything that is directly Biblical. This is just music made by believers. Most of the time, the songs have a indirect message pertaining to the artists faith. The artists in this category are not trying to speak to their beliefs, but are simply trying to make music , and their faith shines through from time to time.  The artists in this category most times exist completely outside of the Christian music radar, some of them you will know, but most you have never heard of. What is important to note is that while the music in this category is not overtly faith-based, it is music that is written from a heart changed by Christ, and can be used as a catalyst  people’s life.
Examples:
Rootbeer
Anathallo
Brooke Waggoner
Paramore
Bob Dylan
Cold War Kids
Thrice
Danielson
Bodies Of Water
Buddy Miller

On our site, we are going to begin using these categories to define our artists better. You will begin to see them on our “Christian Artists To Know”, and as we build our database of artists, the categories will also be incorporated.

The idea behind these categories to allow all the many ways that music is made by believers to be viewed as a unified music scene. For the artists that sing honestly about thier life  and for the worship leader in the church, God uses all this music to touch people’s hearts.