Demon Hunter Ready New Album

Demon Hunter announced today that their new album would be called The World Is A Thorn, and that it will be released March 9th, 2010, through Solid State Records. The effort will be mixed by Jason Suecof, produced by Aaron Sprinkle, and will feature new guitarist Ryan Helm also of The Ascendicate. Album artwork and tracklistings as they become available…

The Ascendicate Lose Drummer

Solid State Records metal band, The Ascendicate, have parted ways with their drummer and are now holding auditions for a new one. The band had the following to say:

As you may have noticed we haven’t been doing much lately. Part of the reason for that is that we are all so busy around the holidays that we usually don’t schedule shows but also because we are searching for a new drummer. Yes, Chris has hung up the sticks. There are no hard feelings or anything of the sort. Chris remains a good friend to all of us but he just felt like it was time for him to move on to other things. So that leaves us in search for a drummer. If you or anyone you know would be interested in an audition just contact us through Myspace and we will schedule something.

The Weekly Christian Music News

Once again, here is a whole bunch of links to the various news items in the Christian music scene this week. Please click through and read some stories, watch some videos, and read some interviews, you never know what you will find. If you think we missed anything, please feel free to fill out that Contact Us tab over there and let us know.

I would also encourage every one to check out our new pages that have appeared at the top of the page, including our first round for the Christian Artists list and record labels.  We hope that these pages begin to help you find new and exciting music.

Take It Back!‘s fill-in bassist messed up his leg something bad at a show this week. Two days later, the same thing happened to their guitarist.

Read about Take It Back!’s bassist.

Read about Take It Back!’s guitarist.

Grammatrain speaks! After almost ten years of silence, Grammatrain has begun to roll out what the future holds from the classic Christian alternative band. Read Grammatrain’s address to their fans.

Modern rockers Willet have posted their monthly “WTV” video. Watch WTV’s latest episode.

Willet‘s tour pastor also posted his devotional for February. Read FEB DEVO.

Singer/Songwriter Corey Crowder is holding a T-shirt design contest. You can win $300 and get your design printed. Read about and enter the Corey Crowder t-shirt design contest.

CCM artist Justin Fox gave a studio update in the form of a video. Watch Justin Fox update video.

CCMmagazine.com is holding their annual Reader’s Choice Awards right now. You can vote for your favorite, and the winners will be announced shortly. Artists include Flyleaf, Jonezetta, Relient K, and Capital Lights, among others. Vote for your favorite band at CCM.

Indie rock band Esterlyn is going to holding a number of Bible studies before a number of their shows on the “Welcome To The Family Tour”. Check the dates to see if you can get involved. View tour dates and locations for Esterlyn Bibible studies.

Nu-metal band 12 Stones gave fans a small update on their activities. Read 12 Stones update.

KJ-52 posted the next in the long line of video devotionals, entitled “What Team Are You Cheering For?”. He has also started a live feed so you can talk to him while he is in the studio this week.

Watch KJ-52′s Video Devo #24.

Watch KJ-52′s live feed.

Staple is back! Read Staple’s announcement.

Country artist Brent Hill recently issued his latest press release. Read Brent Hill’s press release.

VOTA posted a behind the scenes look at the making of their latest video for the track “Hard To Believe”. Watch VOTA make their new video.

Stereosubversion.com posted an interview with Molly Jenson, in which she talks about the writing process for the new album, her duet with Switchfoot‘s frontman Jon Foreman , and her future in children’s books. Read Molly Jenson interview.

The new mewithoutYou artwork was revealed this week, along with the title of their upcoming release. View mewithoutYou artwork.

Solo artist Josh Wilson posted a video blog explaining the meaning behind his song “Savior, Please”. Watch Josh Wilson’s video blog.

Chris from the metal band The Ascendicate posted a blog explaining to the world what the band was all about. Read The Ascendicate blog.

Rapper Trip Lee wrote an article on offending people called “When Its Ok To Offend Without Remorse”. Read Trip Lee’s article.

The Almost talked about what the band has been up to lately and writing for the next CD. Read The Almost update.

Rockers DecembeRadio post a huge news update. Read DecembeRadio news.

Blood and Water is teaming up with TOMS Shoes and their charity efforts. Read about Blood and Water and TOMS Shoes.

Country artist Dan Evans video for his song “Goin’ All Out” debuted on CMT.com this week. Watch Dan Evans video for “Goin’ All Out”.

Solo Contemporary Christian artist Phil Stacey signed to Reunion Records this week. Read Phil Stacy’s announcement .

Surf-pop artist Colbie Caillat announced the launch of her official fan club this week. Read about Colbie Caillat’s official fan club.

Decibelmagazine.com has an exclusive clip from Believer‘s upcoming release, Gabriel. Listen to exclusive Believer clip.

Skillet posted a video of them recording their latest album. Watch Skillet in the studio.

Stuff From All Over

2009 is up and going, and things are starting to pick up again for us around here. Some formatting issues didn’t let me post a New Releases post this week, but we have taken care of it, so there will be one up next week. I promise.  Anyway, the music scene is starting to go back to work, so the news is a bit more plentiful than past posts. We do this every week (almost every week) to keep you, the reader, up to date on what is happening in the Christian music industry. If you think we have missed something, or you want to hear about your favorite Christian artist, hit us up in that Contact Us tab over there, and we will do our best to change our ways..

Friction Family did an interview that debuted on hearitfirst.com. They were also featured in Billboard Magazine. Watch Friction Family video interview. See Friction Family in Billboard Magazine.

Rapper Apple Jaxx put a new song called “Rebel” for free download. Download a free Apple Jaxx MP3.

Emery and Underoath announced their European tour together. Check tour dates for Emery.

HANDS updated fans from the road about their latest tour and whats going on with the band. Read HANDS tour blog.

Glam metal icons Stryper posted the track listing for their latest CD. Read Stryper’s tracklisting for their new CD, Murder By Pride.

Agraceful is streaming their entire CD right now on myspace. Listen to Agraceful’s full CD, The Great I Am.

A live video of Copeland surfaced on Buzznet.com this week. Watch a live music video of Copeland.

Skillet gave a huge update concerning new music and various band stuff. Read updates on Skillet.

Indievisionmusic.com did a great interview with Tooth And Nail Records owner/founder Brandon Ebel. Read the online interview with Brandon Ebel of Tooth And Nail.

Believer’s official announcement concerning their signing to Meta Blade Records was made public. Read Metal Blade Records official annnouncent on signing Believer.

Rapper KJ-52 posted another of his ongoing video devotionals, this one is entitled “Who Do You Compare To?”. Watch KJ-52′s video devontional #12.

Underneath The Gun posted an update concerning their new CD, Forfiet Misfourtunes, being featured on Smartpunk.com, new tours, and their purevolume site. Read updates for Underneath The Gun.

Yours For Mine‘s new album, Dear Children, was reviewed by highbeamreview.com, christianmusiczine.com, and jtindie.com. Read Dear Children CD review on highbeam. Read Dear Children review on christianmusiczine.com. Read Dear Children CD review on jtindie.

Red has new music video up for the song “Death Of Me” on their website. Watch Red’s music video for “Death Of Me”.

High Valley issued their latest e-news update concerning a new CD, tours, and joining a cruise next winter. Read news updates for High Valley.

Esther O’Conner gave a short update on her Christmas break, and some new songs from her new CD. Read Esther O’Conner updates.

Abandon Kansas posted their first tour vidoe blog from their “Left Coast Tour”. Watch video tour blog from Abanddon Kansas.

Open Grave Records signed I Built The Cross this week. Read Open Grave Records announce the signing of I Built The Cross.

The artwork for THE ASCENDICATE’s new album made its way online this week. See the cover art for the CD To Die As Kings.

Brain “Head” Welch will be holding open auditions for his touring band very soon. Read how to audition for Brian Welch’s touring band.

Veronica Ballestrini gave asmall update about her new album. Read updates from Veronica Ballestrini.

R-Swift‘s new video for the song “Lifetime” hit the web this week. Watch R-Swift’s video for “Lifetime”.

A rendition of of “A Little Help From My Friends” featuring Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), and Aaron Gillespie (Underoath/The Almost) recorded at a recent To Write Love On Her Arms event was posted on Spin.com this week. Watch the all-star video of “A Little Help From My Friends”.

Anathallo gave an interview to AbsolutePunk.net this week. Read Ananthallo interview.

The HipHope 2009 website launched this week to promote the album in February. You can listen to many of the 15+ songs through the website, and also read short bios on each of the artists featured on this year’s compilation. Check out HipHope 2009′s website.

Cornerstone Festival revamped and updated their website this week. A few bands were announced, along with an address from the fest’s director. Visit the Cornerstone Festival 2009 website.

Mae will be releasing a new song in MP3 form, every month, for a year. All proceeds will go charity. Read information on Mae’s charity song drive.

A press release concerning August Burns Red was issued this week. Read August Burns Red’s official press release.

Facedown Fest 09′s website launch this week. Visit Facedown Fest 09.

Dolly Parton announced she will be taking part of the “From The Heart Series”. Read the official announcement about Dolloy Parton and the “From The Heart Series”.

A huge update on Rebecca St. James was posted this week on her myspace. Read Rebecca St. James updates.

The Fray‘s new video for their song, “You Found Me” premiered this week. Watch the video for “You Found Me” by The Fray.

KJ-52‘s video for his song “Stuck In The 80′s” palso premiered this week. Watch the video for “Stuck In The 80s” by KJ-52.