Skillet Debuts Two New Songs on Breaking Benjamin Tour

Last night Breaking Benjamin, Skillet, Underoath and Fight the Fury kicked off one of the biggest rock tours of the year in Michigan, and Skillet took the opportunity to debut two brand new songs live.

Early reports list the two songs as being titled “Dead Man Walking” and “Rise Up.” Skillet performed the two songs with the aid of Lacey Sturm (vocals) and Jarob Bramlett (drums) as Jen Ledger is still wrapping up Winter Jam tour with her solo band. You can watch fan videos of the two songs below.

The two songs are part of Skillet’s upcoming full length album, due out later this year. The tracks ramp up the momentum on a year in the “Skilletverse” that promises to hold a full length solo album from Ledger, the band’s first graphic novel and the previously mentioned 10th studio album.

For tour dates and more information on Skillet’s upcoming schedule, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Gandhi’s Gun Releases New Single ‘We Are the Stars’

Gandhi’s Gun, a rock band based in San Antonio, Texas, has dropped their first single of 2019, a song called “We Are the Stars.”

The song was released alongside an official live video filmed at L.A.’s famed Whiskey a Go Go venue. You can watch the video below.

This track follows up 2018’s stand-out single “Through it All.” Gandhi’s Gun has crafted a sound that pairs staple hard rock sounds with an electronic edge, tied together by messages centered on hope.

If you like what you hear, you can keep up with Gandhi’s Gun’s future releases by finding them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Jon Foreman Gives His Shirt to Fan Who Wore Switchfoot Shirts for 28 Days

Jon Foreman, lead singer of Switchfoot, is mailing one of his own shirts to a dedicated fan who devoted the entire month of February to wearing a different Switchfoot shirt every day.

“I wore only @switchfoot shirts for the entire month of February. That’s pretty cool right?” fan Mitchell Hartley tweeted. He included a picture with his full collection of shirts.

Not long after, Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman and Drew Shirley posted a video, which you can watch below. “We couldn’t figure out what we’d give you because you already have all our shirts,” Jon said. “So I’d just give you the shirt off my back.”

Mitchell used the hashtag “#SwitchShirtFebruary” to document his journey, during which he attended Switchfoot’s Native Tongue tour. For a full list of Switchfoot’s tour dates (or to get 28 Switchfoot shirts of your own), visit switchfoot.com.

Seventh Day Slumber Asks for Prayers Following Bus Accident

Last night, Seventh Day Slumber was in a severe bus accident when their bus, affectionately known as “Maroon 7,” collided with a parked firetruck on the interstate.

“We are all ok, just banged up,” the band reassured fans. Each of the band members expressed gratitude for the miracle that no one was hurt worse, and especially that the bus driver walked away from the wreck without major injury. Although there are many minor injuries, everyone is out of the hospital at this time. In true rock and roll fashion, the City Rockfest tour is still doing its best to reach tonight’s show in Victoria, TX.

There has been no official fundraiser set up yet for the band as they continue to determine the needs, but fans can send early donations via PayPal to the address josephslumber@aol.com. You can also bring donations directly to the band at remaining dates on the City Rockfest tour.

You can share your support and prayers as well by finding the band on Facebook and Instagram.

Born of Fire: ‘Dawn of Destruction’ by The Persuaded

(Content note: Self-harm, suicide)

The best rock and roll is always born of fire, be it the fire of our own personal hells or the fire of the Spirit that ultimately burns us clean. The Persuaded’s full length debut Dawn of Destruction is born of both.

Comprised of 4 songs from prior independent EPs and 6 brand new cuts, Dawn of Destruction ushers in The Persuaded’s era with Rockfest Records. It’s a long-overdue fulfillment for a band who has spent seven years navigating the brutal local show circuit, lineup changes, and personal devastation. A year ago, The Persuaded was considering calling it quits. Now they’ve released what promises to be an early highlight of metalcore in 2019.

The weight of personal challenges and the confusion and anger of betrayal blaze through songs like “Betrayal” and lead single “Wolves.” The riff from Cody Phillips that kicks off “Wolves” instantly hooks the listener into a tale of disappointment and abandonment, told by the back-and-forth vocals of Josh Honea and Joseph Vargas.

You’ve burned your bridges
And watched them fall
You fake innocence to fool them all.”

“Forced Silence” takes that theme and explores it on a broader level, addressing a world that demands apathetic conformity. This song shows off the unique fusion of metalcore and more traditional hard rock sounds that The Persuaded concocts, riding a frenetic drum pace from Trent Russell that instantly reminds of metal music while more melodic elements and full-bodied rhythmic guitars take over in the chorus.

Other songs recenter from external threats to introspection, addressing the internal demons of depression, addiction, and even contemplated suicide. “The cuts on my wrist, they betray me once again / I’m tired of living like this now / God break these chains from me” the song “Save Me” cries over a raw wall of guitar that adds weight to the sense of desperation. This song also moves us beyond the pain of personal and relational struggle, looking to God to provide release. The album’s one ballad, earnest “Heavy Heart” pleads “Take this heavy heart / It wants to be light / Make me new in Your sight.”

That plea is firmly rooted in songs that serve as declarations of truths that hold beyond the burn of betrayal. “Unashamed” is a passionate, melodic creed, voiced with some help from guest vocals from Kevin Young (Disciple). The feature feels fitting, a rock veteran joining his voice with a newly rising band, emphasizing together the message of the chorus:

Even through the darkest night 
Your light will shine in all our hearts
No matter what life throws our way
We’ll shout Your name
We are the unashamed.”

That determined declaration carries through previously released “To My Brothers,” a song that calls to those who have faltered and struggled to take heart and remember hope and purpose. Album closer “The Fire” wraps the set of songs with an invitation for the Spirit, calling on deeply Biblical language as it sings “Baptize me in Your fire / Let it wash away all my past mistakes / Touch the coal to my lips / Until all the sin has been burnt away.”

One of Dawn of Destruction‘s deepest strengths lies in the fact that it’s unafraid to put songs of great darkness and songs of great faith side by side. In doing so, The Persuaded acknowledges the reality that even a life lived in the footsteps of Jesus will walk through scorching trials. This honesty extends an invitation to others, showing by example that perfection is not required in order to be loved by God. In fact, the juxtaposition of faith and pain beautifully proves the concept The Persuaded built their band around: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

You can find Dawn of Destruction on Spotify and iTunes.

Related Artists: Memphis May Fire, Amongst the Giants, RED

Relentless Flood Releases Music Video for ‘Set Me Free’

Relentless Flood has released a new music video for “Set Me Free,” a track from their 2018 album Escape the Fall

The video was envisioned and directed by Adrienne Beacco and Ariel Phillips. You can watch it below.

Relentless Flood is preparing to hit the road with Decyfer Down for the Crash 10th Anniversary Tour. To find out where you can see them on the road, find Relentless Flood on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Nothing More Partners with TWLOHA

Nothing More has partnered with mental health charity To Write Love On Her Arms for their current tour, the #truth tour.

The partnership will include volunteers handing out specially designed collaborative response cards, offering options to find mental health help and inviting concert goers to answer the question “in what places do you find hope?”

“We are blessed and grateful to be partnered with To Write Love On Her Arms. for the #ɥʇnɹʇ tour, starting tomorrow,” Nothing More shared on Facebook. “You are not alone. Thank you to everyone that has purchased a ticket to our tour so far, as a portion of every single ticket sold will directly help support To Write Love On Her Arms.”

This isn’t the first time that Nothing More, who often sings about topics like mental health and grief, has partnered with TWLOHA. The band’s campaign surrounding hit single “Jenny” also raised funds for TWLOHA, as well as The Trevor Project.

The #truth tour features Of Mice & Men, Badflower, and Palisades. For a full list of dates, visit nothingmore.net. To find out more about the work of To Write Love On Her Arms, visit twloha.com.

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