This year has been, as my mental health coach likes to say, a gnarly roller coaster ride of a year. In particular, I want to reflect back on how music has been integral throughout this year.
Rock music has a unique way of communicating pain. Its often visceral and raw sound is the perfect complement to the weight hurt often carries. When all within us wants to shriek and scream, metal expresses for us what’s going on internally.
This year, Rock On Purpose was a proud sponsor of Chains Unchained 2021. Our contributor Matt Sassano caught up with Chains Unchained founder Wayne Nale to learn more about the event's history and the man behind its origins.
Chains Unchained 2021 is in the books, with the proceeds from this year going to charities like His Table Ministries. The festival featured a lineup with headliners Chaotic Resemblance and The Protest, along with Zahna and Bred 4 War, and introduced a fiery fan favorite metalcore band, Brotality.
Finding Hope Festival was founded with the intention of meeting people in the midst of their mental health struggles: depression, anxiety, addiction and suicidal thoughts. They meet people first with songs that provide anthems of hope for the hopeless. They follow up with practical ministries and resources to continue to support each person in their recovery journey.
This guest article is contributed by Brandon Trlak, lead singer of The Midnight Wedding. "Kill Me" is the band's latest single, a song that takes us into Brandon's deeply personal struggle with suicidal depression.
Disciple's Anniversary X was an evening that celebrated where the band has been in the past while proving why they're still at the forefront of their industry in the present. Rock On Purpose contributing writers Jessica Walker, Sharayah Franklin, and Sam Segar took some time to reflect and share their thoughts on the experience.
April Samuels, founder of Breast Cancer Can Stick It, shared with Rock On Purpose's Matt Sassano about what inspired her to spread awareness through rock and roll.
Jesus Freak wasn’t just a success for its time, but rather a revolutionary reshaping of how Christian music was written, produced, performed and perceived.
The Rock On Purpose staff (who have all been impacted by this album in some way) got together to share their thoughts about what Jesus Freak means and why it still matters so much, a quarter century later.