A Week In Music Videos: The Beginning Of May

Norma Jean-”Bastardizer”

Young Chozen-”Addiction”

Close Your Eyes-”Digging Graves”

Jeremy Camp-”The Way”

As I Lay Dying-”Beyond Our Suffering”

theBreax- “Passion Art (Yap Yap)”

Owl City-”Alligator Sky”

Gideon-”Virtue”

New Releases For July 13th, 2010

Audrey Assad-The House You’re Building
The House You’re Building
Audrey Assad

Sparrow Records
Worship/Pop
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In Character
Blood and Water

Eden Records
Pop Rock
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Jake Hamilton-Marked By Heaven
Marked By Heaven
Jake Hamilton

Kingsway Music
Contemporary
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newsboys born again
Born Again
Newsboys

Inpop
Pop Rock
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normajean meridonal
Meridional
Norma Jean

Razor & Tie
Metalcore
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sky sailing and airplane carried me to bed
An Airplane Carried Me To Bed
Sky Sailing

Republic Records
Pop Electronica
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Blood In The Gears
The Showdown

Solid State Records
Hard Rock

Stuart Townend-There Is A Hope
There Is A Hope
Stuart Townend

Kingsway Music
Worship
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The One21 Essential 100 Pt.16

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The One21 Essential 100 is a collection of albums that represent the best in creativity, innovation, and originality in music. This is not a “best of” list, nor is it influenced by album sales, or even popularity. Our attempt with this series is to highlight the gems, those rare albums that push boundaries and encourage new ways of thinking; both musical and philosophically. In our opinion, the music highlighted in this series is the “good stuff”.

Simply what this is going to be is a list of 100 albums from Christian music artists that we think you should own. Like our website, most genres will be represented, and some of the albums will be from as far back as the 60s, to as current as 2009. Each week we will post five albums, in no real order, with descriptions, album artwork, and places to buy the music.

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Derek Webb Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm Syndrome
Derek Webb

2009
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
There are many things about Stockholm Syndrome that are not surprising, despite its reputation. It is not surprising that Derek Webb would try to further himself as an artist and musician by constructing an album completely outside his “safety genre” by shedding his singer/songwriter sound and instead adopting electronic dance beats. Think more Thom Yorke than Bob Dylan. It is also not surprising that not only did Webb change genres, but that he would produce an album that sounded like progressive electronic had been his style his entire career. He excelled. It is not surprising that the album would be diverse, it is not surprising that the album would be controversial. Yet, Stockholm Syndrome never ceases to surprise.

For many reading this right now, you may have already heard about the dark cloud surrounding the album concerning the track “What Matters More”. For most, the one curse word uttered in the second verse of the song has completely overshadowed the fact that not only is Stockholm Syndrome an amazing album of music, but it is an important album that will ever change the face of modern Christian music. If Stockholm Syndrome had been awful, or even mediocre, or even just “good”, the amount of conversation surrounding it would never have occurred. The simple fact is that Derek Webb has created a classic, one that challenges and entertains, and it will be talked about for many years to come.
Highlights: Black Eye, The Spirit vs. The Kick Drum, Heaven, What Matters More

Norma Jean-Bless The Martyr & Kiss the Child
Bless the Martyr & Kiss The Child
Norma Jean

2002
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
Bless The Martyr & Kiss The Child is a atom bomb of an album. Not many CDs in the metal/hardcore community are considered classics the moment they come out, but this one was. Norma Jean’s first album took the term “metalcore” and reinvented it, and the effects have been felt in the scene ever since.

The album is brutal, dark, driving, and creative. Norma Jean made a complex and interesting album without making the music itself complex. The riffs are simple, the recording is flawed in places (it was recorded live in studio), and sound is unpolished. Yet, Bless The Martyr & Kiss The Child was light years from its peers, it was able to take those elements and make them significant. The mistakes made the album feel more personal, the bombastic song structures were only made possible by the simpler parts. Everything just came together in such a perfect way.

The album made Norma Jean THE band to beat, and since then they have become one of the most prominent figures in the metal/hardcore scene. Bless The Martyr & Kiss The Child is the finest work by an incredible band, and there are very few who can take that away.
Highlights: Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste, I Used To Hate Cell Phones But Now I Hate Car Accidents, The Human Face Divine, Face:Face

Enter The Worship Circle Village Thrift Circa 2003
Village Thrift Circa 2005
Enter The Worship Circle

2005
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
Enter The Worship Circle is a collection of artists who come together and create modern worship music. In many of their incarnations, they have appeared as a group of hippie/folk artists who create songs for God out of drum circle sessions and late night sing alongs. Village Thrift: Circa 2005 is something completely different. Somehow, these artist were able to take the communal feeling of the drum circles and translate that into driving, electronic dance songs.

While the “village of voices” effect is still there, much of Village Thrift: Circa 2005 integrates the seemingly opposing musical styles into a beautiful product that makes you want sing and jump up and down at the same time. Every song a little bit more bizarre than the last, you will hear choir vocals, looped samples, hip-hop, drum’n’bass, house techno, and worship all in the same place. It may sound strange, but it works, and makes for songs that are as fresh five years later as they were when I first heard them.
Highlights: Make Me Feel, All You Angels, Wake Up Sleepy, How Sweet

Scott Blackwell- Walk On The Wild Side
Walk On The Wild Side
Scott Blackwell

1992
The hottest DJ in 1970’s New York, Scott Blackwell opened Palladium in the 70’s, working seven turntables at once to create a mind boggling tsunami of dance beats. Once Scott Blackwell turned his back on the New York fast lane for a relationship with Jesus he disappeared for a while. He returned with a bang in 1982 pioneering Gospel dance music and forming the first gospel dance label NSoul Records.

Walk On The Wild Side is the first full length accumulation of his work, after a decade of remixes and EPs. It is mostly straightforward House music, but one track stands apart. In “My King” Scott Blackwell took a public domain sermon from the Library of Congress and laid it over an infectious chill groove. Several acts, most prominently Raving Loonatics built entire albums on this style of delivering the Word into a club setting. Walk On The Wild Side set the standard for Christian dance music and Scott Blackwell continues to be the godfather of the scene.
Highlights: My King, Walk On The Wild Side, Keep The Fire Burning(Heaping Coals Mix)

cool hand luke Wake Up O’ Sleeper
Wake Up O’ Sleeper
Cool Hand Luke

2003
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Hush, little boy, don’t say a word
Don’t you know Daddy’s got this one?
Hey, little boy, bury your sword
Jesus already won this war

The chorus of the opening song, “Heroes Will Be Heroes”, off of Cool Hand Luke’s 2003 CD Wake Up O’ Sleeper immediately sets up listeners for the band’s message. Surrender. With deeply introspective lyrics, soaring atmospheric guitars, and the broken whisper of frontman, Mark Nickes, Cool Hand Luke has evolved from their early screamo days to become a unique and progressive voice in Christian art rock.

The music of Wake Up O’Sleeper walks the line of driving progressive rock and straight worship music. Every given track on the album bleeds honesty, creativity, and conviction. Cool Hand Luke is one of those bands you “haven’t really listened to” until you are in a dark room by yourself, with a pair of over sized headphones as the speakers. At all times delicate, and at all times driving, Wake Up O’Sleeper has hence dictated what truly spiritual rock could sound like from that point on.

In 2003, I was tired. I had been at Cornerstone Festival all week, and it was a hot year. I had been going through a lot in my life at the time, a relationship that I had been very happy in had ended the night before I traveled to the festival. I was starting a new school in a few months, and I was struggling with where my life was going at the time. I had three more bands on my list to see, but in the heat of the afternoon on my last day there, all I wanted to do was rest. I wondered into a tent close to my camp site, and just sat down. The band playing was just walking up onto the stage and getting settled. The background music faded, and a voice came over the mic and said:
“We are Cool Hand Luke, thank you for worshiping with us”

I stayed in that tent for an hour and didn’t move, speak, or even stand up. I let the music surround me and just let myself relax. The majority of the music they played that day was from their newly released Wake Up O’Sleeper album. I looked around the tent to see the members of Underoath, Norma Jean, mewithoutYou, Pedro The Lion, and Nodes of Ranvier standing transfixed as I was. When I stood up, I felt rejuvenated, happy, and lighter. I have always remembered what Cool Hand Luke’s music did to me that day, and for what God did in my heart during their short set.
Highlights: Heroes Will Be Heroes, One Time, So It Shall Be, This Is Love

Josh Scogin Side Project Sets Release Date For Album

Josh Scogin (former vocalist of Luti-Kriss/Norma Jean, and current vocalist for The Chariot) has set a release date for his solo side project called A Rose By Any Other Name. The album will be called One For My Master And One For My Dame, and will become available May 7th, 2010. Album artwork and tracklisting as it becomes available…

Christian Music News August 4th, 2009

  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Advent‘s second Solid State Records releases, entitled Naked and Cold, which will be out September8th, 2009.
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    1. Nothing
    2. Overcome
    3. Naked and Cold
    4. Fatherless
    5. Pack of Fools
    6. Revival
    7. Crown of Thorns
    8. Golgotha
    9. Pierced With Grief
    10. With Anger
    11. Out of Line
    12. Blackness of Day

  • An interview with Paul Meany of Mutemath made its way online this week over at offbeat.com. Read Mutemath interview.
  • Brady Murphy, former guitarist/singer for the now inactive metalcore band Nodes Of Ranvier, suffered a near fatal acciedent that cost him both of his arms recently. Read article on Brad Murphy of Nodes Of Ranvier.
  • Below is the cover art and tracklisting for Hawk Nelson‘s upcoming CD, entitled Live Life Loud, which become available September 22nd, 2009.
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    1. Live Life Loud
    2. Never Enough
    3. Eggshells
    4. Meaning Of Life
    5. Alive
    6. Ode To Lord Stanley
    7. Long Ago
    8. The Job
    9. Shaken
    10. Lest We Forget
    11. Tis So Sweet
    12. The Final Toast

  • Below is the new video from hip-hop artist Humble Tip for the song “Body Of Death”.
  • Thrice will be opening up for Brand New on the dates below. Tickets are already on sale for many of the shows. This is going to be awesome:
  • October 25th Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheater
    October 27th Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ
    October 29th Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
    October 30th Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom
    October 31st Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
    November 04th Lake Buena Vista, FL -House of Blues
    November 05th Tampa, FL – The Ritz
    November 07th North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
    November 09th Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
    November 10th Richmond, VA – The National
    November 11th Baltimore, MD – Sonar
    November 13th Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
    November 14th Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

  • Norma Jean are back home and are already working on new material to follow up 2008′s The Anti Mother.
  • Pennsylvania hardcore band Debtor has signed with Blood & Ink Records. Congrats to all involved…
  • Below is the cover art and tracklisting for Ruth‘s upcoming The Covers EP, which will be available August 25, 2009.
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    1. Everyday (Buddy Holly)
    2. Dream (Everly Brothers)
    3. I’m The One Who Wants To Be With You (Mr. Big)
    4. Give Me One Reason (Tracy Chapman)
    5. Fix You (Coldplay)

  • Switchfoot‘s upcoming album Hello Hurricane‘s release date has been pushed back in to “some time in November”. Just a little longer….
  • An interview with Chris of Tooth & Nail indie rock band Surrogate was posted over at Indie Vision Music this week.  Read Surrogate interview.
  • Experimental art-core band Life On Repeat has signed with Equal Vision Records. Sweet…..
  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Bethany Dillon‘s upcoming album, Stop & Listen, which will hit stores September 8th, 2009.
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    1. Everyone To Know
    2. Get Up And Walk
    3. Stop & Listen
    4. I Am Yours
    5. Deliver Me
    6. Say Your Name
    7. So Close
    8. In The Beginning
    9. Reach Out
    10. The Way I Come To You
    11. Everyone To Know [Acoustic]

  • Sara Watkins (ex Nickle Creek) recently recorded a live performance with Woodsongs Old Time Radio, which has been made available for your listening pleasure by clicking on the link to the right. Listen to Sara Watkins.
  • Producer/electronic duo Shiloh gave an interview to 365Mag International last week concerning rumors of their demise. Read Shiloh interview.
  • Below is the new video for Jonzetta‘s latest single, “Busy Body”.  I hope you dig it because apparently this might be one of their last videos as there are rumors of a break-up in the near future.
  • Progressive rock band Leone was named “Blarer Of The Month” by Blaremagazine.com.  View Leone profile on Blaremagazine.com.
  • Metal band Before Their Eyes are now writing/recording tracks for a new album, due out some time in late 2009.
  • Below is the album art work and track listing for Silverline‘s upcoming EP, entitled Start To Believe, which will be available August 25th, 2009.
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    1. Get It Right
    2. Start Yo Believe
    3. Wake The Nations
    4. Stop Me Now
    5. All Consuming Love
    6. One Step Back
    7. Wake The Nations [Acoustic]

  • Singer/songwriter Orion Walsh was featured in an article in The Lincoln Journal Star. Read Orion Walsh article.
  • Veronica from our friends in White Collar Sideshow posted a massive up date on their recent and future travels, including Cornerstone, IchThus, and filming for Daystar TV (which was yesterday, T said things went well).  If their was ever a band you might consider donating a few bucks to, maybe think about these guys, they are truely some sold out people for Christ. Read White Collar Sideshow update.
  • Below is a video interview with hip-hop artist Lecrae in which he talks about his latest release, his latest tour and much more…
  • MXPX will be featured in September’s issue of AP Magazine, and a screen shot of the article was posted on the band’s website.  View MXPX in AP Magazine.
  • The Appleyard now has a new vocalist and is working on new material, so get ready.
  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for The Letter Black‘s upcoming EP, entitled Breaking The Silence, which will hit the market  on September 22nd, 2009.
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    1. Moving On
    2. Hanging On By A Thread
    3. Best Of Me
    4. Collapse
    5. Away From Me
    6. Perfect
    7. Best Of Me [Acoustic]

  • Winston Audio will be featured on the cover of Southeast Performer Magazine this month. View Winston Audio magazine cover.
  • Pop rock band Sent By Ravens have signed on with Tooth & Nail Records. The band has been working with Aaron Sprinkle on new material, and a release date will be made public soon.
  • Below is the new video from power-pop band Eleventyseven with their song “Evil Genius”.
  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for David Crowder Band‘s September 22nd, 2009 release, Church Music.
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    1. Phos Hilaron [Hail Gladdening Light!]
    2. Alleluia, Sing
    3. The Nearness
    4. Shadows
    5. Eastern Hymn
    6. SMS (Shine)
    7. The Veil
    8. We Are Loved
    9. All Around Me
    10. How He Loves
    11. Can I Lie Here
    12. Birmingham (We Are Safe)
    13. Church Music – Dance[!]
    14. What A Miracle
    15. Oh, Happiness
    16. God Almighty, None Compares
    17. In The End [O Resplendent Light!]

  • It seems that despite reporting the opposite earlier in the year, Michael Tait will actually be laying down some vocal parts with his touring band, newsboys. Specifically, the band will re-record the song “Glorious” with Tait‘s voice instead of long time front man Peter Furler.
  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for KJ-52‘s upcoming CD, Five-Two Television, which will drop September 22nd, 2009.
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    1. Five-Two Television
    2. Adventures of Tweezyman
    3. End of My Rope
    4. The Chris Carlino Story: Day One [Interlude]
    5. Headline News at 5 (co-starring Theory Hazit)
    6. He Did That
    7. Let’s Go (co-starring Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch)
    8. The Chris Carlino Story: Week Two [Interlude]
    9. Are You Online?
    10. Calling You (co-starring J.R.)
    11. Headline News at 11 (co-starring Braille)
    12. Picture
    13. Shake It Off
    14. Gonna Be Alright
    15. Help Me Change (co-starring Rob Beckley of Pillar)
    16. Swagged Out With Tags Out (co-starring Da’ T.R.U.T.H.)
    17. The Chris Carlino Story: Week Four [Interlude]
    18. Fuego (co-starring Funky)
    19. Tweezy Dance
    20. Let it Go
    21. Firestarter (co-starring Manwell & Bianca Reyes of Group 1 Crew)
    22. Broken People
    23. The Chris Carlino Story: Week Five [Interlude]
    24. Dear God

  • Below is the artwork for the first of many single song releases from metal outfit Becoming The Archetype, entitled Necrotizing Fasciitis. Guitarist Seth also did a baseball themed interview with Noisecreep. Read Becoming The Archetype interview.
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  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for blessthefall‘s new album, entitled Witness, which will be available October 8th, 2009.
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    1.2.0
    2.What’s Left Of Me
    3.To Hell And Back
    4.God Wears Gucci
    5.Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted
    6.Witness
    7.Last Ones Left
    8.Five Ninety
    9.We’ll Sleep When We’re Dead
    10.Skinwalkers
    11.You Deserve Nothing and I Hope You Get Less
    12.Stay Still

  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for The Elms upcoming Sepetember 15th, 2009 release, entitled The Great American Midrange.
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    1. STRUT
    2. UNLESS GOD APPEARS FIRST
    3. COUNTY FAIR
    4. THE WILDEST HEART
    5. LONG GONE
    6. THE SHAKE
    7. THE GOOD GUYS
    8. THE LITTLE WAYS
    9. BACK TO INDIANA
    10. THIS IS HOW THE WORLD WILL END
    11. THUNDERHEAD
    12. A PLACE IN THE SUN

    The One21 Interviews Norma Jean

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    So here is the thing, and Im not trying to be rude, but if you have no idea who Norma Jean is,  you have been living under a rock the last 6 six years. This is one of the bands that has had some much crossover appeal, that people now classify OTHER bands by saying stuff like “oh, they sound like Norma Jean“. The band started when most of the core members were in high school, and a after a few members changes over the years, Norma Jean is still taking over the world. We caught up with frontman Cory at Red Letter Rock fest this year…and man, he was……very honest.

    Norma Jean interview part 1:

    Norma Jean interview part two:

    Check out the band doing their thing with their video for the song ” Robots 3 Humans 0″

    Red Letter Rock Fest: Day One Wrap-Up

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    So we had a great day here in Snyder Texas, at Red Letter Rock Fest 2009. We saw some great bands, met some amazing people, and in general had a grand ol time. That’s right, I said ol, not “old”, because ol is how old people say “old.” Sorry about that, its been a long day.

    First of all, Cody and a Reid have been really amazing to us. Let’s be honest, we arn’t a big website, so we are really lucky to have the access that we have had at this festival. We are all over backstage, in the green room, the photog pit, and have some really amazing one on one access with the bands. Thank you so much to Cody and Reed for treating us like big wigs, we really appreciate it.

    Ok, so now to the festival. We got here about two hours before the doors opened. We watched Spoken and Audio Adrenaline sound check, talked to some cool people, and just in general hung out like homies.

    First of all, the crowd is awesome.

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    Also, there is a this awesome dude who is painting the entire time the bands are playing. This piece was created during Audio Adrenaline.

    painting at Red Letter Fest 2009

    Norma Jean started things off and proved why they are the kings of metalcore. They took over the crowd almost immediately, and really set the pace for the rest of the night. They always are able to put on a superior show, and tonight was no exception. Much later in the day we were able to chill with vocalist Cory and ask him a few questions. Stay tuned for that one, but until then..

    Norma Jean at Red Letter Rock Fest 2009

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    Norma Jean at Red Letter Rock Fest 2009

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    On the second stage, Spoken lived up to their reputation as one the better Christian rock acts on the planet. A cool point of the show was when the band reached waaaay back and played “This Path” from one of their older albums from before they were on Tooth & Nail.  It was very fun to sing along with a song I heard back when I was in my teens still.

    Spoken at Red Letter Rock Fest 2009

    Spoken at Red Letter Rock Fest 2009

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    Spoken at Red Letter Rock Fest 2009

    Audio Adrenaline Speaks took the stage next. If you haven’t seen this show, it is a stripped down AA set-up, in which the vocalist and bass player play a few songs, share testimonies, and tell the story of the Audio Adrenaline. Despite singer Mark’s lack of a voice, it was a fun little stroll down memory lane, and was a really cool time of getting to know AA like I had never been able to before.

    Audio Adrenaline at Red Letter Rock Fest 2009

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    Disciple brought their high-octane rock to the stage next. Man, those guys can put on a show, movement was constant, guitars were loud, and sings alongs were many.  One of the guitarists even did a no hands back flip with his guitar still strapped to his chest, landed, and kept playing like nothing had ever happened. You owe it to yourself to see these guys at least once, you wont be disappointed…

    Disciple at Red Letter Rock Fest 2009

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    Disciple at Red Letter Rock Fest 2009

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    Last of the night was the world famous Family Force 5, and their over the top, rock dance extravaganza. I see why these guys are talked about so much, they put on quite a show. Lots of dancing, lots of wild acrobatics, and just all around fun. Dance rock at its finest for sure.

    Family Force 5 at Red Letter Rock Fest 2009

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    Thats it guys for day one. Hit us back tomorrow for Red Letter Rock Fest 2009, day two!

    The One21 Interviews Red Letter Rock Fest

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    In early June, The (ONE)21 will be headed up to Snyder, TX to cover Red Letter Rock Festival 2009.  We were very fortunate to get to have a behind the scenes look at this awesome two day event that is kicking off  the summer Christian music festival season. Despite it’s size, Red Letter Fest is packing quite a line-up, filling every minute they have with great music, interesting talks, and overall fun.

    We got a chance to ask festival director Reid Johnson a few questions about the history of this event and what things are going to be like this year.  If you are anywhere near Texas in early June, you may want to see what he has to say.

    The(ONE)21 Music: Obvious question first ,what is Red Letter Rock Fest ?

    Reid Johnson: Red Letter Rock Fest is an annual Christian music festival held the first weekend in June. We aim to book an eclectic mix of artists from the genres of rock, adult contemporary, metal, and even hip hop. Our theory is, “You may not like every band, but you’re going to LOVE some bands.” The event is indoors at The Coliseum in Snyder, Texas. Snyder is in West Texas, located approximately 1.5 hours from Abilene, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, and San Angelo. Snyder is also approximately 4 hours from Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio. This year’s event is June 5-6, tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door; they may be purchased online at www.itickets.com/RedLetterRock.

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    (ONE)21: How did Red Letter Rock Fest get started?

    Reid: Red Letter Rock Fest birthed from a radio show my business partner and I started in 2003: Red Letter Rock 20. Red Letter Rock 20 was an internationally-syndicated Christian rock countdown that was broadcast weekly on 63 stations all across North America and New Zealand. During each show, we would interview in-studio artists, and over the course of time, we built really strong relationships with many of them. In June 2006, we decided to take our radio show to the main stage with the first annual festival, inviting many of our new friends to perform: Skillet, Pillar, RED, Seventh Day Slumber, KJ-52, etc. Every year the festival has gotten bigger by both number of bands and number of attendees.

    (ONE)21: Does the name mean anything?

    Reid: Most translations of the Bible use red letters to identify when the Lord is speaking. We hope that through Red Letter Rock Fest, the Lord will speak to its attendees.

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    (ONE)21: Who is playing Red Letter Rock Fest this year?

    Reid: Performing artists include Skillet, Family Force 5, Audio Adrenaline Talks, Hawk Nelson, RED, Superchick, Disciple, Norma Jean, Haste The Day, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, Spoken, Decyfer Down, Children 18:3, The Glorious Unseen, Stars Go Dim, White Collar Sideshow, and a special mystery artist. Previous mystery artists were Pillar and The Wedding.

    Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster

    Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster

    (ONE)21: What other bands have played there in the past?

    Reid: We have had the following artists perform in 2006-2008: Jeremy Camp, Skillet, BarlowGirl, Thousand Foot Krutch, Demon Hunter, Living Sacrifice, Kutless, Pillar, MXPX, Project 86, RED, Disciple, Sanctus Real, The Afters, KJ-52, Falling Up, Day Of Fire, Kids In The Way, Spoken, Seventh Day Slumber, TAIT, Salvador, By The Tree, Decyfer Down, Fireflight, The Wedding, Ruth, Wavorly, and many more.

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    Kids In The Way

    (ONE)21: What is your favorite performance at Red Letter Rock Fest since you have been organizing it?

    Reid: Kids In The Way put on an amazing show, and at the time, we had no idea it would be the last of their career. I wish I would’ve known that ahead of time and we would promoted it to their fanbase so much more than we did. I also think Skillet is the best live show in the country, no matter the genre. They are the only band that has played all four years of Red Letter Rock Fest.

    Skillet doing their thing

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    (ONE)21: Is there anything different about this year’s Fest?

    Reid: This year’s event is two days (June 5-6), whereas previous years have been one day. Because of the increase in days, we have also increased the number of performing acts.

    (ONE)21: What is the purpose of Red Letter Fest?

    Reid: Originally, I wanted to do something positive for the kids, the community of Snyder, and the Kingdom of God. I wanted to see lives eternally changed by the message within the music. Since then, my purpose has changed slightly; my hope is that if God the Father peered across this planet on June 5-6 and asked himself, “Which place is worshipping me the loudest today?” He would say, “Snyder, Texas!”

    Last words:
    Reid: I’d like to thank One21 Magazine for their help in spreading the word, and I’d like to invite all your readers to our event. If you’re looking for great music, great food, and an encounter with our Creator, you’ll find all three at Red Letter Rock Fest.

    Here is a little promo video featuring some of bands from last year’s line-up
    RED LETTER ROCK FEST 2009 PROMO

    You can visit Red Letter Rock Fest‘s Myspace to get any other info you would need. Visit Red Letter Rock Fest Myspace

    Essential Songs:Norma Jean-Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste

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    So this is our first heavy song on our Essential Songs series, and many would agree that this is a classic in its own right. I do need to explain something, actually a few things. The band pictured above and the one that recorded “Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste” was fronted by Josh Scogin, who is now the frontman for The Chariot. Which means that the vocalist for the band now (Cory) is different than the voice on this song. Oh, and the guy in the video, is neither Josh nor Cory. So its Josh’s voice with some other guy performing, who is no longer the vocals for the band. Got it? Oh, and this song features Aaron from mewithoutYou. Watch, read, answer questions:

    Waltz around the room, with a glaze in your stare
    In your tuxedo suit
    I’ll give it a name!
    Lower defenses
    I’ll lower the casket
    Open the door and open the grave

    Murder

    Now you’re doing the waltz with your murderer

    Waltz around the room, with a glaze in your stare
    In your tuxedo suit
    I’ll give it a name!
    Lower defenses
    I’ll lower the casket
    Open the door and open the grave

    Mediocrity is the killer

    You find yourself helpless
    Christ is not a fashion, fleeting away
    Fashion, fashion

    He laid emeralds in her eyes, but I’d already tried
    a bracelet made of gold and a scarlet thread around her wrist.
    And everything was wrong, so we sang sentimental songs.
    Oh how seldom we belong, but how elegant our kiss.
    and we paint big crooked lines
    but we danced in perfect time to a love so much refined, we know not what it is.
    so like the dullen wine, we poor into a grief we’d known before,
    but never quite like this, never quite like this!
    all i know now is regret she follows, like a silhouette, of a cobblestone behind me.
    she has nothing left to say except to innocently ask, her voice delicate as glass. “do you see me when we pass?”
    but I continue on my way.

    You can buy this song on Norma Jean - Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child - Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste and AmazonMP3

    This song’s intention was to talk about spiritual apathy, in what ways does this song express that idea?

    Did having the words to this song allow you understand the message better?

    Christian Artists To Know: The Chariot

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    The Chariot

    Genre: Metal
    Styles: Metalcore, Avant-Metal, Chaotic Hardcore
    Location: Douglasville, GA
    Label: Solid State
    Website: www.wars5509.com
    Myspace: www.myspace.com/thechariot
    Christian Label: Yes
    Category: The Message whats this?

    In 2004, metalcore fans were presented with a  grey and black colored album named Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead, Nothing Is Bleeding.  After the ritual wrestling match that takes place with music buyers and the ridiculously hard packaging that CDs are housed in, the disc meets the CD player and ears await.  Feedback, then static creep out the speakers. An almost tribal drum roll begins, and then a raspy, animalistic voice cries out from the noise:

    THIS AINT MY FIRST RODEO!
    Ten thousand times, ten thousand
    Walking and marching and running and pressing on!
    Step by step, to the grave, marching on
    You have a  song: unsung
    I sing a new song, falling on deaf ears
    Unsung!

    For the next 30 or so minutes, the world became aware of a force that has remained unrivaled since the first note of that song. Combing brutal grit, with art-house mentality and chaotic approach, that force calls itself, The Chariot.  Although there have been many members in the band over the years, The Chariot is musical projection of frontman Josh Scogin.  Josh was one of the founding members of  Luti-Kriss, who, after a major music direction change in 2002 became known as Norma Jean. Despite critical adoration for the bands debut as Norma Jean, Bless The Martyr Kiss The Child, Josh left the band at the seeming height of their career. He took close to a year and a half off, and returned with The Chariot. Josh has said that he wanted to “create something out of nothing” with his new project. He did, something that most people didn’t see coming.  His vocal presence may have  reminded people of his former band, but people quickly realized that there was something completely different about Josh’s new endeavor.

    The Chariot are what pure emotion and struggle can sound like in metal.  The band does not rely on straight rhythm or tricky instrument work to create there music. In fact, their approach is almost minimalistic, relying on walls of feedback, guitar squeals, and cymbal crashes to fill most of their songs.  Josh’s vocals are brutal, filled with desperation and expression. The lyrics are cryptic, poetic, and intelligent. The songs twist and turn very quickly through one part after unrelenting part. Small blasts of chaos. Although this description may not appeal to most casual fans, truly unique  bands in the metal and hardcore scene are rare. The Chariot, instead of taking notes from the popular music trends in the heavy scene, seemingly pull more elements from band like Converge and Fear Before The March Of Flames to create their original compositions.  They continually push themselves and test their fan’s loyalties by exploring new avenues of hard with with every new song, every note, every scream.

    2007′s The Fiance’e further solidified the band’s reputation as innovators. This time around, choir choruses, broken record distortion, and harmonica solos (provided by Aaron Wiess of mewithoutYou no less) diversified the band’s sound past its metalcore roots. Josh and the gang made a truly original album that  blew away critics and fans alike.  It was on this album the band toured their heaviest, introducing the world to their chaotic sound and to heavy music’s best front man, Josh. Their live shows play on the theatrical combined with pure anarchist stage presence.  There are few shows like a Chariot show. In fact, it is frequent that Josh is injured several times during a tour, but he has never met a stack of speakers he didn’t want to climb or a crowd he didn’t want to throw himself into.

    well, I mean,….oh…just watch for yourself..

    As I said before, The Chariot, despite the fact that it takes many people to make a band work, is the heart of Josh Scogin at its core.  Josh very much has always dedicated himself to making his faith part of his art, no matter how crazy or loud that may be.  While the video above gives you a glimpse in to his more chaotic side, the one below deals with the true meaning of his desire to be on stage. Sorry about the commercial at the end there, this speech was taken from a performance at Soulfest…I think they need to pay us now, right?

    I have to be honest and say that I hated The Chariot for a long time.  I was coming high off of  Bless The Martyr Kiss The Child, and I was expecting a lot from Mr. Scogin.  What I got was..different.

    It took me almost a year to get it. This isn’t metal, this isn’t Christian rock, it isn’t even music. Its art. Its taking what was, and tearing it down to begin again. It is the true expression of a gifted individual. It is the heart of a man who loves God so much that he would follow Him in to the unknown of the “new”, and speak the words the way He wanted him to. Josh may have started what is one the most successful metalcore bands on the planet, but when God called him to something different, he followed. Success was never the issue. Fans weren’t the issue. Josh wanted make the music he was put on earth to make. Like Dallas from Underoath (now in Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster), he did something completely new, and will most likely keep The Chariot train steaming ahead until God takes him somewhere else.

    Lets hope that’s not soon…

    You can find The Chariot’s digitally music on The Chariot

    You can also find their CDs on Amazon: Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing Nothing Is Dead and Nothing Is Bleeding(2004), Unsung EP
    (2005), The Fiancee (2007)