Regret and Redemption: ‘Still Just Breathing’ by Set for the Fall

In an industry climate that sets up more barriers than ever before for rising artists, it has become incredibly difficult to come out of the gate strong. But you’d never know it from listening to Set for the Fall, who makes mature, melodic hard rock look effortless.

Over the course of just three short years, Fayetteville, NC-based band Set for the Fall released their debut album 3 Nails and landed spots touring with Seventh Day Slumber and later Memphis May Fire. That unstoppable momentum has culminated in Still Just Breathing, a monster of a sophomore album showcasing a sound that instantly pulls the listener into an expansive emotional experience.

Part of the excellence of Still Just Breathing lies in the fact that it strikes a delicate and delightful balance between hardcore sensibilities and post-grunge, refusing to be pigeon holed in one subgenre. The crushing riffs paired with refreshingly technical guitar moments in lead single “Breathe Again” begin to reveal this synergy. The beautifully poised guitar mix from Harrison Muffley and Donovan Roybal is paired with vocals from Joseph Lassiter that reference the post-grunge sound, instantly reminding of bands like Shinedown and Seether.

That unique sound is delivered with musical intentionality and cohesion, from the frenetic energy of the guitars on “Callout” to the scalding screams on the bridge of “Liar.” Those tracks also exemplify the way that Still Just Breathing never wastes the kind of aggression that hard rock naturally provides. They put the full weight of that aggression behind the emotional experience of being broken, being betrayed by someone you trusted.

This album is certainly not heavy in musical style alone. Set for the Fall offers unflinching exploration of relational pain, regret and personal demons. “Paper Hearts” is a scorchingly honest song with a killer vocal hook that talks directly to some of the worst parts of how we react to heartbreak, offering the lyrics that give the album its title: “I know you know I know I’m left here bleeding / I know you know I know I’m still just breathing.”

“Who I Am” takes a look at self-destructive patterns from the outside, the chorus pleading like a dear friend begging someone to walk away from their own sabotage. The melody on this song is instantly memorable, the perfect opportunity for a guest appearance from the soaring vocals of Memphis May Fire frontman Matty Mullins. The project’s other noteworthy feature comes from Ryan Kirby of Fit for a King on “Judgment Day,” a banger of a song that captures cultural discord and descent with a musical fury that builds on the theme of chaos.

Set for the Fall’s voyage into the workings of the human heart brings them to some more mellow moments as well. “Counting Stars” is a lament, regretfully recounting loss. “Forever” is a love song sung from the road, singing about the sacrifice required for both those who tour and their loved ones at home. These ballad-leaning moments prove Set for the Fall has more than one sonic palette in their repertoire.

With an album that clocks in at 12 tracks (plus an intro), there is room for a lot of themes. Regret, loss, heartbreak, chaos: this desperation is deliberately punctuated by answering melodies of hope. “New Creation” fiercely screams the victory cry that comes with being set free from the worst of ourselves: “I am a new creation.” Closing track “Home,” fittingly enough, brings the emotional journey through human highs and lows to its conclusion in the arms of a divine Rescuer: “I’ll face these moments I guess until I see you again / when you finally call me home.”

There is a certain level of dangerous cheese factor that bands in this musical space often have to contend with, trying to connect with the downtrodden without resorting to the pitfalls of over-commercializing and simplifying others’ pain– a trap many rock bands have fallen into in the past. Set for the Fall side steps that hazard entirely, staying laser focused on exceptional song crafting and lyrics that try to tell a story instead of pummeling with trite truisms. The result is the kind of album that has been sorely lacking over the past decade. Still Just Breathing blew me away with its musical maturity, satisfyingly unapologetic rock sound, earnest humanity and resolute message of redemption.

You can find Still Just Breathing on iTunes and Spotify.

Related artists: Spoken, Memphis May Fire, Shinedown, Sevendust, Art of Dying

Vibrant Duality: ‘The Beast You Feed’ by VERIDIA

“There is a war between two wolves raging inside all of us. The wolf that wins is the wolf you feed.”

This is the Cherokee proverb that serves as the starting place for VERIDIA’s long-awaited debut full length album.

The road to get to The Beast You Feed has often been fraught with challenges and setbacks, a process that guaranteed that the resulting songs would have the intensity that can only be born from struggle. The ten tracks are laid out in two halves, a balanced take on the light and the dark. “The first 5 songs on the album touch on stories of selfishness, anger, a wounded, guarded ‘dark’ perspective,” lead singer Deena Jakoub explains. “The second half shifts to stories of those who brought light into my life when I needed it the most.”

That first half begins with the lead single “Numb,” a dark-edged masterpiece that explores what it feels like to numb our ability to honestly experience the world, aided by an infectious pulsating beat. “Cheshire Smile” and “Feed the Animal” continue to uncover the ways our hearts warp when we isolate them from community and connection, with “Cheshire Smile” talking about the walls we set between ourselves and others and “Feed the Animal” expressing the wounded desperation for love that still exists behind those barriers. “Ghost” sings from the ultimate haunted ground of loneliness.

Musically, this project is the most electronically-focused we have heard from VERIDIA yet. Kyle Levy’s percussion continues to provide the backbone, and Brandon Brown’s guitar work lends texture and grit, but it’s all spun together by rich and layered electronic beds. The non-organic, digital sounds play into the theme of living life automated, severed from the truest parts of our humanity. With songs like “Savage,” we see the truly exceptional range of techniques Deena is capable of as a vocalist, offering delivery and melody structure that plays into the experience of the lyrics.

The Beast You Feed hinges on “I Won’t Stay Down,” an empowering, bracing call towards hope: “Gotta keep my head up / Gotta fight until it hurts / Part of the process / Hope is in the progress / I’m rising up / Been down and out, but I won’t stay down.” This song serves as the turnaround at rock bottom, as if asking the necessary question: now the pain and dysfunction has been acknowledged, what do we do with it?

“Reckless” answers with an energetic, insistent beat that has had fans dancing at live performances for the past few years. “Dopamine” is a heart-skips-a-beat love song, with quirky instrumentation to match. Continuing to display the versatility of VERIDIA’s musical arsenal, “Perfume” is a sonically slick pop tune, reflecting on the people in our lives who carry an air of infectious joy with the lyrics “I wanna live like you do / Breathin’ love into the room.”

The album closer “I’ll Never Be Ready” has attracted a significant amount of press surrounding the fact that Amy Lee’s Evanescence played piano for the ballad, but here the star power should be far overshadowed by the significance of the story. Deena Jakoub wrote this song while walking with her father through terminal illness, with the song ultimately finding a place at his funeral. When she reached out to invite Amy Lee to provide piano for the track, it was mere months after Amy had lost her own brother. The result is a loving lament that piercingly captures the ache of loss.

As a VERIDIA listener since the days of their 2014 debut EP Inseperable, I feared that I might have set my expectations for their debut album too high. Those qualms were instantly dismissed as The Beast You Feed proves that VERIDIA can consistently deliver intentional musical excellence and a thoughtful, heart-on-your-sleeve approach to lyrics that is instantly arresting. Some of their earlier fans in the rock market may need a moment to mentally adjust to the more electronic-centric sound, but I hope they take that time to do so. What they’ll discover is a gem of an album that explores what it feels like to truly attempt to live life fully, even when it hurts.

You can find The Beast You Feed on iTunes and Spotify.

Related Artists: Halsey, FF5, Icon For Hire

Eternal Returns: Silent Planet ‘When the End Began’

As Silent Planet lead vocalist Garrett Russell reflected on the season of depression the he endured while writing the hardcore band’s latest release When the End Began, he used the analogy of passing through a black hole, seemingly lost in time and space during a dark season and clinging to the possibility of hope. Russell– whose lyrical depth can be traced to Masters degrees in English and Psychology as well as his faith– spoke in detail about three major themes of the highly anticipated album in a video series on cayeminterviews’ YouTube channel.

Silent Planet is known for their storytelling and exploring subject matter in-depth throughout an album. On their debut EP, lastsleep (1944-1946), the band delved into stories of World War II victims. The Night God Slept is told from the perspective of “women who made difficult decisions under systemic oppression by forces such as government and authority figures in their culture.”

Throughout 2018’s When the End Began, harrowing moments on instrumentals “Look Outside: Dream” and “Look Inside: Awake” set the backdrop, as if listeners are transported through a series of black holes– traversing time and space as the band explores themes of cyclical eternal returns, various points in modern history that have required a reset.

“Thus Spoke” leads with a reference to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and is a continuation on themes from The Night God Slept. This new album also begins by building on the theme of the closing track on 2016’s chart-topping Everything Was Sound, “Inhabit the Wound,” which explores apocalyptic themes such as war and the final seal being broken (a biblical reference to Revelation).

Unlike prior albums which explore broad historical timelines, When the End Began is focused on crises of the modern world, such as war and social injustice, from 1933 to present day. “The New Eternity” examines the first of these by looking at various points in history when, according to Russell, “human desire for innovation dwarfs our need for connection.” The song questions these moments in history when perhaps our insatiable need for progress causes science to lose philosophical and moral boundaries. Have we gone too far?

“Crowds galvanized by vapid words and septic slurs
Utterly transfixed by the fiction of the greater good
Estranged in this age we set sail to the stars
Return to the earth still unaware of who we are
We’ve come too far.”

“Northern Fires (Guernica)” is a song about the Spanish War, while “Visible Unseen” shines a light on a modern day crisis of youth whose families rejected them for their differences, leaving them transient and homeless: “Exiled into the night, left to navigate a world that negates our needs: The Visible Unseen.”

Throughout the album, we are invited to confront and revisit themes of how humanity continues to fail, but there are also themes of hope weaved into the lyrics. “Vanity of Sleep” opens up with eerily dissonant chords reminiscent of Netflix’s Stranger Things theme music before launching full throttle into a song in which hope is found by realizing that, though we are experiencing darkness, we are still alive.

“There’s a presence here
It stirs inside the static dissonance of discontent that refused to relent
I built a home overlooking a graveyard
To remind myself I’m still alive.”

Though lyrical exploration is a major part of what sets Silent Planet apart, there are many moments throughout When the End Began in which the band reminds us of their musical prowess as well. Edgy and jarring guitar riffs provided by Mitchell Stark are layered throughout, with on-the-mark vocals sung by Thomas Freckleton adding brilliant harmonies.

Freckleton’s smooth vocals are featured notably on ballad “In Absence.” His ability to hit the upper range of the scale with powerful accuracy is evident on the chorus: “I watched you go away / I watched the colors fade / I can’t bear the pain of losing yesterday to a world of grey.”

Another modern epidemic is explored on hard and heavy “Share the Body,” which dives deeply into the opioid crisis.

“Lower Empire” is a favorite musical moment on the project, starting out with an electronic vibe before mixing in hard-hitting vocals and drums. The progressive metal sound breaks (momentarily) for an unexpectedly fun electronica moment that breaks apart an otherwise intense track.

“Interpret the subtext: S – O – S.
Euthanized with euphemistic lies, populace of blank binary minds.
Appetite for endless apathy– breathing in… in… insecurity.”

By the time “Depths III” connects the dots back to The Night God Slept and closes out the album with one final prayer of desperation, the story told has taken us on a journey through time and space to learn about the human condition while exploring the places where we can fix our hope for the future.

Discussing the project as a whole, Garrett Russell shares that some believe that physical matter never ceases to exist, even within the unknown void of a black hole. Similarly, hope exists beyond seasons of depression, which is cyclical. This reality of human existence is represented by the Ouroboros– an ancient Egyptian symbol of a serpent eating its own tail– and is intended to represent themes of repeated destruction and hope.

Remembering that everything that is old becomes new again leaves us with hope at the end of dark seasons in life. When the End Began will take us through this emotionally and spiritually gripping cycle again and again, ultimately reminding us that God is the provider of hope and that each dark season yields to something better.

Find When the End Began on iTunes and Spotify.

Related Artists: Phinehas, Underoath

Hard and Heavy: ‘Still Breathing’ by Fight the Fury

Skillet fans (better known as Panheads) are an insatiable and passionate group.  Earlier this year, Skillet drummer and backing vocalist Jen Ledger (with support from keyboardist/guitarist Korey Cooper) unveiled the much-anticipated Ledger EP to critical acclaim while earning a spot on the 2019 Winter Jam Spectacular. Not to be outdone, the other half of Skillet is flexing their hard rock muscles through the John Cooper-led band Fight the Fury.

The project’s debut EP, Still Breathing, is an in-your-face thrasher resulting in every bit of the “hard and heavy music” that was promised when the project was announced last month.

The fiery lead single from Still Breathing is “My Demons,” which sets the tone for the record while firmly placing Fight the Fury in the hard rock category.  The theme on this song (and throughout the album) speaks to the internal battle within that often leads to sleepless nights, fighting insecurities and struggles and seeking answers.  The question posed here in this song is “Why is this my life? I can’t close my eyes!” The journey that ensues on Still Breathing will begin to answer this question and provide hope and spiritual rest.

“Dominate Me” is an intense headbanger about yielding to God as a positive dominant force in our lives. The chorus is a prayer of submission: “This is how you dominate every part of me / It’s OK, dominate me / Teach me not to misbehave / I can be a slave / Yeah it’s OK, dominate me.” Seth Morrison shows off his technical prowess on this track by absolutely shredding up the guitar solo with skillful ease.

The chest pumping pace continues with “Still Burning,” opening with pounding drums and thick, heavy chords underscoring familiar gravelly John Cooper vocals. This song is a declaration of renewed, burning passion for God, with lyrics resembling a worshipful love song. “I’m burning, burning for you / Yours eternally / I’m still burning, I’m still burning / Soul and body ache / Deeper, deeper into you / Still burning true for you.”

Raise those fists high for hard-hitting rocker “I Cannot,” a up tempo and loud song about an internal desire to change things we don’t like but can’t fix on our own. The album closes the same way a live show from Fight the Fury might: with the heaviest, strongest song on the record. “Lose Hold Of It All” features one of the best guitar solos on the album combined with an ending that, after a brief pause, is straight instrumental fire.  Seth Morrison reminds us that he is in the conversation as one of the best lead guitarists in the industry.

Fight the Fury has staked a claim as one of the best heavy projects to be released this year. Still Breathing will satisfy Panheads looking for a return to the louder side of Skillet. The lyrical depth throughout is a much-needed reminder that through faith in God we are capable of coming through our battles Still Breathing.

You can find Still Breathing on iTunes and Spotify.

Related Artists: Skillet, Slipknot, The Protest, RED

Indie Artist Recommendation: ‘Fearless’ by Ignescent

Here at Rock On Purpose, we love finding bands with a story to tell, a heart for people and killer tunes. It’s a bonus if they include guitar solos that are straight fire.

Ignescent is a six member hard rock band from the windy city of Chicago, Illinois, formed in 2008 by lead vocalist Jennifer Benson.  The band has shared the stage with acts like Lacey Sturm, Stryper, Memphis May Fire, The Devil Wears Prada and more.

On October 27, 2018, the female-fronted band will support Seventh Day Slumber for an outreach event to help heroine addicts, Taking Off the Masks. No doubt the band will feature songs from their most recent EP, Fearless, which was released on June 1.

We took the EP for a spin and got to know Jennifer Benson and the heart behind the ministry of Ignescent.

In order to set the stage for these songs, it is necessary to understand Jennifer Benson’s personal story.  “About a year and a half ago,” she begins in a tell all video, “I went through a custody battle and thought I was about to lose my daughter.” After a difficult season of trial, God allowed her to keep her daughter.

The mission of Ignescent is to “bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world through a vehicle of music.”  These songs were birthed out of the recent challenges and framed by that mission.

Fearless opens with a sound reminiscent of the beginning of a dark superhero film before launching into “Kickstart My Heart,” a driving and steady rocker with a strong backbone provided by drummer Chris Calix. The theme throughout these tracks is desperation and needing to rely on God to revive and strengthen us.

The appropriate balance in the instrumental mix yields to prominently featured vocals from Benson, whose voice is powerful and on point as she demonstrates her ability to hit notes from the top to bottom of the scale. Deven Elion throws down a slick solo, proving that he has the chops to handle technical complexity on the lead guitar.

The title track, “Fearless,” begins softly with rhythm guitarist Joey Sepulveda and bassist Cristian Agular setting the tone for a worshipful power ballad: “After that day, there was no more fear / just peace. / Sweet peace.

Closing out the 3-song EP is one for those who prefer metal. “Overcome” is an anthem declaring victory over fear and trials of the heart.  This is a fast-paced song that brings an element of screaming, enough to provide a tension that is broken by Benson’s familiar vocals in the chorus with the lyrics “Save us from the damage we have done / For with your love we will overcome.

Fearless is a good sampling of the heart and potential of this up-and-coming band, but will leave listeners wanting more.  To get a feel for the full body of work that Ignescent has in their catalogue, check out their 2012 single “Calling Out to You.”

Find Fearless on iTunes and Spotify.

Ignescent is:

Jennifer Benson, lead vocals
Deven Elion, lead guitar
Joey Sepulveda, rhythm guitar
Cristian Agular, bass
Chris Calix, drums

You can learn more about Ignescent by visiting their website or following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

‘Native Tongue’ by Switchfoot

Switchfoot has finally broken a year of silence with “Native Tongue,” a thundering anthem of a song that reminds us who Switchfoot is– and maybe who we are too in the process.

“Native Tongue” builds around a simple thesis: the truest language of the human heart is love. We’ve learned other languages, languages of hate and division and fear, but maybe the world would be better if we all started speaking our first language again: “My friend, where did we go wrong / My Lord, we forgot our song / My soul such a long way from / My lips, my lungs, my native tongue.”

The message is urgent and timely, yet somehow also marked by delight. The musical vibe of this track matches, choosing to build around a heavy percussive presence and soaring gang vocals that seem to embody the whole of the human tribe. There’s a vivacious energy here, propelling everything from the deliciously fuzzy guitar tones to the staccato punches of the drum beats to the weightless rise and fall of Jon Foreman’s vocals.

For a band with a career as storied as Switchfoot’s, the inevitable question arises: where does this fall in the broader context of their body of work? It’s noteworthy that this song does not sound particularly like their last album, 2016’s Where the Light Shines Through. It feels more like the work of Vice Verses, an album that was born after season of stripping away and rethinking not unlike what the band has experienced in 2018. “Native Tongue” certainly carries that same relentless fire, that sense of identity declaration. But it’s also something wholly new, a Switchfoot we’ve never seen before– secure in their reputation as one of the best spiritually influenced alt rock bands of our time, but still with so much to say.

“Native Tongue” is the title track from the upcoming full length album of the same name, and if this first offering is any indication, this collection will offer soul language you’ll be wanting to sing along with. You can preorder the album by clicking here.

Horizons of Hope: ‘Burn the Ships’ by for KING & COUNTRY

In a single-driven musical world with increasingly short attention spans, it can be tempting to forego the long road of creating a full set of exceptional songs, opting for rapid-fire radio playable cuts instead. But there is nothing cheap or easy about Joel and Luke Smallbone and the musical experience they have orchestrated with for KING & COUNTRY.

It’s been just over four years since the band the brothers helm released their sophomore album, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. Those four years have seen them continuing their improbable, staggering rise to stardom inside the Christian music arena– and outside it too, with “Fix My Eyes” and now “joy.” making their presence known at Top 40 radio. The pressure for a suitable follow-up might have cracked lesser artists, but the Smallbones have been doing music right all their lives. That could not be more evident after just a few tracks of Burn the Ships, their sweeping cinematic epic of a third album that continues to obliterate the walls of their genre.

That cinematic flavor is immediately evident with the slow build of strings-heavy “Introit,” leading straight into effusive radio smash hit “joy.” for KING & COUNTRY instantly proves that they’re keeping their trademark sincerity dialed to 11 with “God Only Knows,” an achingly empathetic song about depression and suicide: “God only knows what you’ve been through / God only knows what they say about you / God only knows how it’s killing you / But there’s a kind of love that God only knows.

The choice to place such a raw song near the beginning of Burn the Ships begins to show us exactly why this band has been able to break out of the stereotypes plaguing their genre. Not only are they committed to musical excellence– when they tell the stories of struggles, there is the sense that they actually mean it. There are no quick-fixes offered here, no gratuitous glossing over. “Burn the Ships,” a wrenchingly beautiful redemption song chronicling Luke Smallbone’s wife Courtney’s mental health crisis and recovery, catches your heart up in the crescendoing bridge: “So flush the pills, face the fear / Feel the wave disappear / We’re comin’ clear, we’re born again / Our hopeful lungs can breathe again.”

Lyrical moments like that are a breath of fresh air in an industry where often the difficult parts of life are left purposefully vague, all the rough edges sanded off. for KING & COUNTRY offers a more genuine picture of life where the bruises are real, which in turn validates it that much more when they sing about relentless hope on “Fight On, Fighter” or “Never Give Up.” These bright-eyed tunes carry a lot more weight in light of the stormier seas other songs traverse.

As you might expect from for KING & COUNTRY, there are also moments of pure bombastic fun. You can practically already see the drums in motion when the song “Control” is performed live, starting slow and building to a thunderous close. “Amen” is infectious and dynamic, a modern day hymn that gets in your bones and forces out a song alongside the choral breaks.

The steady maturation of for KING & COUNTRY as a band is intensely evident on every track, but it’s particularly compelling through “Hold Her” and “Pioneers,” both songs that deal with the experience of being married. Given that upholding the value of women has been a hallmark message since for KING & COUNTRY’s earliest days, this progression to an honest look at a love that commits for the long haul feels real and timely. Gentle “Hold Her” is a poignant prayer over the hearts of Joel and Luke’s wives when they are facing struggles during the inevitable separations of touring. “Pioneers” closes the album in stunning four part harmony as Moriah and Courtney Smallbone join their husbands to sing about a love that endures the ups and downs of a lifelong marriage.

Burn the Ships comes in at 10 tracks, a length that might leave you wanting more. But on the other hand, those 10 tracks are incredibly tight and coherent as a unit, without filler or needless detours. The big musical moments from for KING & COUNTRY on Burn the Ships are bigger than ever before, but the artful restraint of the ballads is also executed with piercing precision. Lyrically, these songs sing honestly through the full high and low dynamic of human experience, proving exactly why for KING & COUNTRY has been so able to transcend genre boundaries without ever coming across as contrived. Burn the Ships marks the places of our pain and then calls us towards the wide open horizon of hope, setting our heartache alight behind us– ultimately soundtracking the only journey worth taking.

You can find Burn the Ships on Spotify and iTunes.

Related Artists: Coldplay, Imagine Dragons

Fierce Courage: ‘Hope for the Broken’ by Convictions

There are few albums that can sling a fiery arrow to the mark, piercing the heart and washing away the drudge of anxiety that threatens our very existence. This is exactly the effect of the latest release from Convictions, an Ohio-based metal band featuring Michael Felker’s powerfully incisive vocals.

The follow-up to 2016’s hard hitting I Will Become delivers every bit of their self-declared aggressive worship in an impactful, unforgettable way. Hope for the Broken brings to life stories of heartbreak and anxiety while blending those real struggles with a message of peace and victory.  A front-to-back trip through this project will generate myriad emotions before reaching a destination: the desire to be transparently broken before the throne of grace.

The album begins with “Exodus, The End of Us,” which starts out softly and mysteriously before building into a robust journey of letting go of self and seeking God for healing.  “Deceptive Heart” sets the stage with a loud blend of minor chords and fever pitch vocals for an account of relational agony causing heart-wrenching anxiety.

The battle for healing continues on “Voices (They Want Me Dead),” which features a  perfectly peaceful tone set by keyboards backed by a soft yet steady rhythm on high-hat cymbals by drummer Zach Schwochow. It is in this moment of clarity that hope creeps in with a fitting reminder to “Just breathe in / Just breathe in now” in the midst of deception caused by apprehension.

Where many of the tracks on Hope for the Broken are prayers to help conquer internal battles, “Divided” is the battle cry, and declaration of victory: “You’ll never stop us / Like a thief you’ve come to kill and destroy / You’ll never stop us / God, bring us life and lead us to live full.”

Perhaps the most impressive and musically creative song on the record is “We Are Violence.” Alternating smooth and crisp vocals with energetic and controlled screaming, backed by the perfectly edgy and raw chords dropped by guitarist Josh Canode and John Fleischmann on bass, this song is about being transparent and honest when the going gets tough.

Radically worshipful composition “Reckless” admits shortfalls and cries out for redemption, followed by “Reverie–” a melodic instrumental providing a brief pause from an otherwise emotionally gripping experience.  The harmonies in this intermission add an unexpected sense of overwhelming peace in the midst of a whirlwind of emotions that have been stirred up by the previous tracks.

The title track, “Hope for the Broken,” brings the story of heartache and suffering to a gentle yet bold close as a flag is planted firm on solid ground, declaring the Lord as our rock and deliverer even in the darkest hour when we feel furthest from Him.

Convictions’ Hope for the Broken is an emotionally intense experience for those suffering from anxiety and heartache, songs which will bring a sense of spiritual peace, rest and hope.

Find Hope for the Broken on Spotify and iTunes.

Related Artists: The Devil Wears Prada, Phinehas, Fit For A King


Soul-Quenching Energy: Planetboom Youth ‘LEMME TELLYA’

Planetboom, the multi-cultural youth ministry of Planetshakers Church, released its fourth single in a year on August 10, 2018.

“LEMME TELLYA” is a powerful and worshipful declaration of Jesus. Musically, the hip-hop tune has a fantastic funky beat with a great blend of electronics sprinkled throughout, reminiscent of Miami-based Social Club Misfits.

The Planetboom youth ministry follows in the footsteps of its parent organization with a focus on music targeted to the church, but with youth in mind. The vision is merging contemporary music with biblical truth.

According to Creative Director Josh Ham, “the song presents a new, in-your-face sound that is paralleled by its authoritative lyrics, bringing to life the raw praise as read about in Revelation 4.”

Planetboom has released three singles over the last year, including “Praise Over Problems,” another hip hop worship track about being able to talk to God about how big our problems are and telling the world of His greatness.

Their latest single, “LEMME TELLYA,” starts out with a simple techno beat to set the tone before the well-syncopated verse begins: “Let me tell you ‘bout Him / Jesus is His name / And I’m all about Him / I live to bring Him praise.”

The chorus is a call and response worthy of a youth conference worship session or urban Easter Sunday. The song crescendos to a booming close with hype that only a DJ can drop, bringing the house down while creating visions of strobe lights.

This anthemic, energetic track is sure to bring joy to the soul.

Find “LEMME TELLYA” on iTunes and Spotify.

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