25 Albums You Should Already Own in 2012

So we are half way done with 2012! Its crazy to think the time has gone so quickly. Cornerstone Festival is about to have its final event, Thrice has called it quits, and mewithoutYou has returned from the dead!  Around the nation we are getting ready for an election, and school is out for most of our readers. Oh yea, and we launched a new website! Here in Texas we are hitting triple digit temperatures, which means that it is time to give you guys a check list of the best stuff that has come out so far in 2012.

The Vespers- The Fourth Wall
To Speak Of WolvesFind Your Worth, Come Home
Sean Michel - Back To The Delta
Tallhart - Bloodlines EP
The RocketboysBuild Anyway
Sara WatkinsSun Midnight Sun
The Royal ApplebaumsEarth EP
mewithoutYouTen Stories
JolietTruth Cannot Be Destroyed By Burning Pages
Beautiful EulogySatellite Kite
Jenny & TylerOpen Your Doors
Impending DoomBaptized in Filth
Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
Damien JuradoMaraqopa
Joe PugThe Great Despiser
NnekaSoul Is Heavy
Ruthie Foster - Let It Burn
Brian Courtney WilsonSo Proud
Shoot Like Dead Men – Unworthy EP
O’BrotherGarden Window
Heath McNeaseThrift Store Jesus
From The Eyes of ServantsChange The World
The Welcome WagonPrecious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices
SonsKeep Quiet
The BurialLights & Perfections

Dont fret though, because there is so much more to come before New Years 2013, with albums on their way from The ChariotProject 86PropagandaJosh GarrelstobyMacSixpence None The RicherThe Gaslight Anthem and many others! To see all the new music coming to you from your favorite artists, feel free to check out our Release Dates page. Its gonna be good!

If you think we have missed anything, feel free to comment and tell us what you love in 2012

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 July 20th, 2010

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There Will be Violence
Impending Doom

Facedown Records
Deathcore
Buy NOW:

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Acoustic EP
Lights

Sire Records
Acoustic Pop
Buy NOW:
Amazon MP3

Impending Doom Lose Members

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Facedown Records doomcore band Impending Doom announced formally today the loss of drummer Isaac and guitarist Manny. The following was posted on the band’s Myspace earlier today:

Yes, it’s true we have parted ways with both Manny and Isaac. Both of them felt like this was not for them anymore; it happened a while back before we entered the studio. Not everyone can maintain the amount of passion that Impending Doom requires. That being said, we are still great friends with both Manny and Isaac and wish them both nothing but the best.

Our good friend Brandon Trahan (ex Mirror of Dead Faces) has stepped in on drums and just recently finished tracking on our upcoming record, which will be released this summer. As for rhythm guitar, we have someone stepping in for our upcoming tours and summer festivals. Be on the look out for new tour dates and a new record.

Christian Music News December 8th,2009

Headlines

Just about every artist we cover on here seems to be coming out with some sort of Christmas song or album. There are too many to list, go out and check you favorite artist to see what they have to offer….

Owl City‘s latest release, Ocean Eyes, has hit Gold status with over 500,000 units sold. Good job man..

Gospelmusicchannel.com post an interview with Flyleaf this week concerning the recording and writing process of their latest record. Read Flyleaf interview. In other Fyleaf media news, Shockhound recently posted a four song live set from the band on their website including the songs “Again” and “Beautiful Bride” along with vocalist Lacey getting JACKED in the face by a swinging bass guitar….Watch Flyleaf performance.

Lights rocked a Daytrotter session recently. You can read the article, listen and download all the tracks. Check out Lights’ Daytrotter Session.

Believer, Impending Doom, House Of Heroes, Woe Of Tyrants,The Rose Hill, and Waking Lions are all in the studio working on new music for your listening pleasure.

Manchester Orchestra‘s van got robbed last week….what is up with people these days

Music Videos

Below is the new video from LA Symphony member CookBook with his song “Solid Gold”

A little Christmas cheer with The Almost and their version of “Little Drummer Boy”

Next up is the latest single from The Rocket Summer called “You Gotta Believe”

Lastly we have “Faith Is Fact” by LMNO

Christian Music News November 17th, 2009

Headlines

The 2009 HM Magazine Reader’s Poll is now open. Now go vote for your favorite music this year! Fill out the 2009 HM Magazine Reader’s Poll.

We Shot The Moon flipped their tour van this weekend on some icey roads. All band members walk away from the accident with minimal injury.

Nevertheless will be splitting at the end of 2009. They will play two more hometown shows and then disband “with no hard feelings”

Second Thief has signed on (again) with Alien Patrol Records.

Although no official announcement has been made, Amber Pacific has signed with Victory Records. That makes four bands we cover on Victory. Cool stuff…

Corey Crowder has apparently split from Tooth & Nail Records as he will release his next album, Lost & Found, independently.

Goth rock outfit Eowyn has announced that they will begin full time touring in 2010 after more than a year hiatus.

Impending Doom, Dependency, The Classic Crime, Before Their Eyes,Blood & Water, As I Lay Dying, and Haste The Day have all booked studio time or are inj the midst of working on new music for YOUUUUU!

Owl City‘s song “Fireflies” has hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart this week. Congrats man!

Videos

Below is the new video from Emery with their song “The Butcher’s Mouth”

This is the first video from The Civil Wars (Joy Williams & John Paul White) called “Poison & Wine”

Here is the second video from the new Flyleaf album, Momento Mori, called “Beautiful Bride”

Here is the latest from Until June with their song “In My Head”

Album Info (more in the Release Dates page)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for DJ Official‘s upcoming December 26th, 2009 release, EnterMission.
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1. Enter The Mission – Dr. Eric Mason, DJ Official, R-Swift
2. Show Off – Lecrae & Flame
3. Use Me – Tedashii
4. Streets of New York – J.A.Z. & Magellen
5. Get Busy – Trip Lee
6. Go – H.G.A. & Tedashii
7. Not My Own – Stephen The Levite, Phanatik, Evangel
8. Love Fallen – Gems, Jahaziel, Benjah, Dillavou
9. Nothing Without You – JR & Lecrae
10. Chaos – Sho Baraka
11. Chisel Me – Thi’sl, Json, K-Drama, Tedashii
12. On My 116 – Lecrae, Tedashii, Sho Baraka, Trip Lee
13. Streets of Philadelphia – Mac The Doulos, Young Joshua, Ackdavis, R-Swift
14. Missio Dei – God’s Servant
15. Forward Me – Cam
16. Outro (Thank You)
17. (bonus) For My Breakers
18. (bonus) Eyes Open Remix – Trip Lee & Sho Baraka

Here is the album artwork and tracklisting for West Coast Punk by MXPX, which was released today.
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1. One Step Further
2. Desperate to Understand
3. Broken
4. Shanghaied in Shanghai
5. Hopeless Case
6. End
(tracks on the physical version also include)
7. One Step Further (instrumental version)
8. End (instrumental version)
9. Broken (instrumental version)
10. On a String (previously unreleased demo from LCP sessions)

Free MP3 Albums Download:Summer Slam Vol.3

Special treat for you guys today. My buddies over at Indie Vision Music have put together another MONSTER of a free compilation.  This one comes in 3 parts, each with 17 tracks on them! That’s right, that would be over 50 songs for free!  Here is how it will work, click on each of the links below, save the .ZIP files to your computer, EXTRACT ALL FILES, and get ready for a long ride of free music!!

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01 – Take it Back! – New Empires *Appears courtesy of Facedown Records
02 – Sleeping Giant – Sons of Thunder *Appears courtesy of Facedown Records
03 – Everdown – WD40 *Appears courtesy of Urban Achiever
04 – Harmony – End of My Road *Appears courtesy of Ulterium Records
05 – Hands – Of the Flesh *Appears courtesy of Facedown Records
06 – Redemption – Lifeboat
07 – I Am Terrified – Falling on Everlasting *Appears courtesy of Gotee Records
08 – Impending Doom – More Than Conquerors *Appears courtesy of Facedown Records
09 – Venia (From Finland) – A Sigh of Redemption *Appears courtesy of Open Grave Records
10 – Theocracy – Laying the Demon to Rest *Appears courtesy of Ulterium Records
11 – Holding Onto Hope – Between Failure and Fraud *Appears courtesy of Come & Live
12 – Wolves Among Sleep – Red Hands Make for a Guilty Conscience *Appears courtesy of Blue Duck Records
13 – Burn the Ruin – Ruins
14 – We Set Fire – Deliverance
15 – For Today – Saul of Tarsus (The Messenger) *Appears courtesy of Facedown Records
16 – Through Solace – Change of Heart *Appears Courtesy of Strike First Records
17 – Hope in the Unseen – Before the Sky Falls
Download Part 1
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01 – All Star United – Surface of the Sun
02 – The Echoing Green – Epiphany
03 – Advantage – The Miracle
04 – Ascend the Hill – Sing *Appears courtesy of Come & Live
05 – Beauti - The Great Pretenders
06 – To Tell – All I Need to Lose
07 – Ocean is Theory – A City of Water
08 – Dear Future – Can’t Wait Any Longer
09 – Rootdown – Taking Over Me
10 – Jeanna Krater – Goodbye New York
11 – The Radiance Effect – Prodigal
12 – Grave Robber – Fear No Evil
13 – Hello Madison – What You Deserve
14 – Storyline – Welcome Home
15 – TWENTYFOUR64 – We Are Taking Over
16 – Sleep for Sleepers – Thieves & Bones
17 – Cannonhands – You Fought Wars *Appears courtesy of Future Destination Records
18 – Mrenc – Yeah! (Alright!)
19 – Say You Will – Believing
20 – The Ember Days – Run to You *Appears courtesy of Come & Live
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01 – Thieves & Liars – Till the Walls Fall Down *Appears courtesy of Dreamt Music
02 – Abel – My Melody *Appears courtesy of Dreamt Music
03 – Ian McIntosh – Come Away *Appears courtesy of Come & Live
04 – So Long Forgotten – Hills Humbled, Mountains Made Low *Appears courtesy of Come & Live
05 – The Vanity Plan – Declare
06 – Hand Drawn Mountains – Oil and Water
07 – Great Awakening – New Life *Appears courtesy of Come & Live
08 – Delay Trees – About Brothers
09 – ApathyEdge – Wake Up Restart
10 – Facing Binary – Anomia
11 – Life of Branches – Every Day You Are
12 – Red Letter Band – Aint Ever Getting Me Down
13 – Paralysed Force – Save (Twilight Remix)
14 – Sinai Vessel – Listening
15 – The Skeleton at the Feast – I Hope Your Heart Attacks
16 – Surrendered – Where is the Love
17 – Awake Awake – Sight (Live Acoustic)
18 – Orphan Project – Head On Your Platter *Appears courtesy of Open Grave Records
19 – Orion Walsh – Freedom Lost or Freedom Found
Download Part 1
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Be sure to head over to Indie Vision Music to tell them thanks and check out all the great stuff they have going on theri site right now.

The(ONE)21 Best Albums Of 2009: So Far…

So we are half way through 2009 (as of today in fact), and that means there has been six months of great Christian music hitting the stores.  We try to keep you up to date every week, but it is always good to look back and pick out the essentials from the year so far.  By the end of 2009, some of these albums may not be on the list, and most likely you will see a lot of new titles added to this list. As of today though, these are the fifteen albums we think you should defiantly have in your collection.

In no particular order…

The Best Christian Music Albums Of 2009 So Far

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Bosque Brown- Baby Bosque Brown - Baby
Simple, eerie, and profound. A sound scape of dark blues and folk created from a mind struggling to reconcile the fire and brimstone teachings of her childhood, and find God’s true face through musical confession. Bosque Brown have created a haunting sound wrapped around a hopeful message.
For fans of: The Doors, Doug Burr, Nick Cave
Category: The Light (whats this?)

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Bradley Hathaway- A Mouth Full of Dust Bradley Hathaway - A Mouth Full of Dust
Intelligent, diverse, and a masterpiece. Bradley Hathaway has combined all of his many talents to create a true expression of a man after God’s heart as well as an album that covers the spectrum of folk, indie, and progressive rock. A rare album that shines so bright, you wont mind the dust.
For fans of: mewithoutYou, Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Johnston
Category: The Message (whats this?)

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Fiction Family Fiction Family - Fiction Family
Strong melodies, multi-instrumentation and plaintive vocals create distinctive a Pop, Americana sound with strong undertones of the best British pop.   The duo of Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins modernizes the sound with liberal use of sound and musical effects.  The debut has a creative freedom to it that results in a loose, joyful sound, that makes listening to Fiction Family very much like listening to the Beatle’s Revolver or Rubber Soul.
Category: The Light (whats this?)

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Impending Doom- The Serpent Servant Impending Doom - The Serpent Servant
Brutal, unrelenting, and a true display of modern extreme metal talent. The second offering from Impending Doom‘s combines the best of death metal, moshcore, doom, and even a little nu-metal to balance things out. Hang with the big guys? Impending Doom ARE the big guys..
For fans of: Whitechapel, The Red Chord, Slipknot
Category: The Spiritual (whats this?)

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Jeremy Enigk- OK Bear Jeremy Enigk - OK Bear
Beautiful, skillful, and undeniable. Jeremy Enigk returns with an album, more like his days in Sunny Day Real Estate, and proves why he is an underground legend. OK Bear is in a class all it’s own.
For fans of: Manchester Orchestra, Cool Hand Luke, Further Seems Forever
Category: The Light (whats this?)

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Melinda Doolittle- Coming Back to You Melinda Doolittle - Coming Back to You
The quiet, unassuming, technically brilliant Christian music artist from American Idol Season 5 explodes on the scene with a collection old soul R&B. Melinda Doolittle’s debut is the best classic soul album in a decade. Think Roberta Flack meets Gladys Knight meets Candi Stanton. In keeping with her persona from American Idol, there are no crazy vocal histronics here, but there are deep soulful sentiments sung with matrurity, confidence and subtle power. She doesn’t show off so we can listen to the songs, but hearing her sing, you know she can.
Category: The Light (whats this?)

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Hopeful, interesting, and a interesting new chapter for a band who can’t do wrong. Rant/scream vocals and aggressive guitars have been replaced with whimsical, childlike lyrics and a near orchestra of new instrumentation on mewithoutYou‘s fourth full-length, and we love it. A truly unique and wonderful ride.
For fans of: Danielson, Polyphonic Spree, Bradley Hathaway
Category: The Message (whats this?)

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Molly Jenson- Maybe Tomorrow Molly Jenson - Maybe Tomorrow
Smart, fun, soulful. Combining the best elements of soulful singer/songwriter and pop has paid off for Molly Jenson, and Maybe Tomorrow is an album people should really be paying attention to. A pop gem among many pieces of coal.
For fans of: Fionna Apple, Dido, Michelle Branch
Category: The Light (whats this?)

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My Brightest Diamond- Shark Remixes Vol. 2: Son Lux My Brightest Diamond - Shark Remixes, Vol. 2: Son Lux - EP
Shocking, surprising, and so much fun. When two amazing artists can create a completely new vision of something that already exists, then the new vision becomes the complete focus. What the term “remix” should sound like every time.
For fans of: Portishead, Tricky, Thom Yorke
Category: The Light (whats this?)

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Preson Phillips- The Observant & The Anawim…
Delicate, passionate, authentic worship. Preson Phillip‘s songs have a tendency to cause you want to close your eyes and breathe deeper as his folk meets indie take of worship music washes over you no matter where you hear it (its also free if you click on the title above). A triumph in modern worship music.
For fans of: Jason Morant, David Crowder, Shane & Shane
Category: The Spiritual (whats this?)

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Rootbeer- Pink Limousine EP Rootbeer - Pink Limousine (feat. Pigeon John & Flynn Adam) - EP
Creative, fun, and quirky. Two of the founding members of LA Symphony break off and create some good clean fun. Proof that you don’t have to sacrifice intelligence for accessibility.
For fans of: Gym Class Heroes, Jurassic 5, Lupe Fiasco
Category: The Light (whats this?)

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The Chariot- Wars and Rumors of Wars The Chariot - Wars and Rumors of Wars
Chaotic, raw, and brilliant. 2009 has brought The Chariot‘s most accessible collection songs showcasing their ability to do “everything wrong”, and yet be more relevant than 90% of what is being pushed out in the world of heavy music. An album to take notes to.
For fans of: Converge, Norma Jean, Gallows
Category: The Message (whats this?)

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Paper Route- Absence Paper Route - Absence (Bonus Track Version)

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The Red Baron- My First Love The Red Baron - My First Love
Real, spirit-filled, hardcore. The Red Baron have brought an aspect back to the punk/hardcore scene that has been missing too long, the spirit of worship through movement. An unforgettable collections of amazing songs.
For fans of: Comeback Kid, This Is Hell, New Found Glory
Category: The Spiritual (whats this?)

Don’t like our list? Educate us, what is your best of 2009 so far?

Top 5 Music Videos For May 09

So the month of May was a little scarce on videos. Last month it took me a few hours to shift through all the videos, but this time it only took about an hour. Mainly because I had already watched all of them! Anyway, here are your top 5 Christian music videos for the month of May, 2009.

5.Sleep For Sleepers- Thieves & Bones

The new Facedown Record rock kids have some really special stuff going for them. They are ready to take on the world with their special blend of pop rock and emo. This video is mainly a performance piece, but shows what you are gonna get when you see these guys live. Im sure there is much more to come from Sleep For Sleepers in the near future.


buy this song on Sleep for Sleepers - The Clearing - Thieves & Bones

4.I Am Terrified- Falling On Everlasting

Second month in a row for the Gotee Records newcomers. This is a very well shot, dynamic performance video. Great song too, really spelling out both the band’s melodic and heavier sides. Overall, great videos for I Am Terrified.


buy this song on I Am Terrified - I Am Terrified - EP - Falling On Everlasting

3.Impending Doom- More Than Conquerors

Want to know what it is like to be at the number one Christian metal band, Impending Doom‘s show? Well this video gives you a little taste of the chaos and excitement.
*NOTE: Those are not pentagrams on the back of the band’s shirts. I promise.


buy this song on Impending Doom - The Serpent Servant - More Than Conquerors

2.Scribbling Idiots- Almost Famous

A Little underground hip-hop never hurt anyone, and Scribbling Idiots are only here to educate. The video may be a little rough looking, but there is a cool visual element in the video where the words throw themselves up on the screen. Very cool.


buy this song on Scribbling Idiots - The Have Nots - Almost Famous

1.Until June-The Man Who Sold His Soul

Interesting song, well done video, and our winner. Until June are beginning to make quite a name for themselves, and this tale of struggling with redemption shows what the buzz is all about.


buy this song on Scribbling Idiots - The Have Nots - Almost Famous

Christian Artists To Know: Sleeping Giant

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Sleeping Giant
Genre: Hardcore
Styles: Metalcore, Tuff Guy, Mosh
Location: Redlands, CA
Label: Facedown Records
Myspace:www.myspace.com/sleepingxgiant
Christian Label: Yes
Category: The Message whats this?

In the 1990s, a term began to circulate through the hardcore community.  The term was in contrast to everything the world of heavy music had tried to put forth before it. It was a new movement, by a special group of bands who saw the music they loved as a means to express the faith that lived inside their hearts. The term was “spirit-filled hardcore”, and for most of the late 90s, the movement ruled the world of heavy underground music.   The bands talked about hard spiritual matters, witnessed to the crowds, and put as much emotion and energy in to the music they created that could be mustered.  Over the last few years, many of the spirit-filled hardcore has been lost to mediocrity, apathy, and longevity. Then, in 2007, an album called Dread Champions Of The Last Days issued in a new era of honest, brutal music made by Christians who were not afraid. Spirit-filled hardcore is back, and the leader of the pack is Sleeping Giant.

Sleeping Giant‘s music is a culmination of the most brutal elements of heavy music. They borrow from traditional hardcore, heavy metal, and even a bit of rapcore to round things out.  The music’s uncomplicated nature lends to its call-response song structure, written for the purpose of fan sing-alongs and expression through movement.  If you want brutal and high-energy, Sleeping Giant are your band. They excel at trimming the fat, giving listeners all the good breakdowns and menacing riffs, with none of the annoying filler.

The true element of Sleeping Giant is the lyrics, and the ministry that comes with those words. That’s right, I said ministry. The band has said from day one the sole focus of their band and their music is to reach non-believers and inspire Christians to get moving. Even their name has a purpose behind it:

We are called Sleeping Giant because Christians in the world today are just
that, in the world. And they need to wake up! They are sleeping giants of
war in this world over-run by apathy, by people who do not see the enormity of
their worth and don’t realize they live their lives day by day forsaking love, and a just
and amazing God who deserves it all.
“- taken from the band’s Artist page on Facedown Records.

To most people, Sleeping Giant is just another hardcore band, but for many, and especially the crowd in the video below, they are so much more:

That is a powerful video for a band that play loud, abrasive music. We cant talk about Sleeping Giant without showing the other side, the side that gets those fans in front of the band. Sleeping Giant‘s shows are notorious for insane crowd interaction, high octane stage presnse, and most of all, brutal truth. Not many of these songs speak this truth than their anthem against legalism, “Blame It On The Holy Rollers” (featuring Brook from Impending Doom)

Sleeping Giant is such a unique band in their scene. I am not saying that there are not lots of Christian hardcore bands out there, but Sleeping Giant attacks their music and their ministry with an energy I rarely see anymore. They are one of the most well respected bands in the Christian underground today, and with new album hitting the streets this summer, the leaders of the new spirit-filled hardcore movement are poised to light a fire in the hearts of believers worldwide. God bless Sleeping Giant.

You can get Sleeping Giant‘s music digitally on Sleeping Giant and AmazonMP3

You can also buy the band’s CDs on Amazon:
Dread Champions of the Last Days