The Gloomcatcher – Starla Over The Fences

Jessy Ribordy is the frontman of the well known Christian rock band Falling Up. But he also has some other projects that he is doing in his free time. One of those being The River Empires and the other is The Gloomcatcher. The Gloomcatcher just released a new EP called Starla Over The Fences and posted it on NoiseTrade for free download. NoiseTrade labels their music as pop and says that it's for people who also enjoy the bands Doves, Midlake and Fleet Foxes, but I honestly have no idea who those bands are. On their Facebook page they call themselves Chamber. Some of the songs remind be a bit of The Police. Read the rest of this entry

Plumb – Christmas 2011

Plumb is getting in the Christmas spirit by giving away 2 free Christmas songs on their Facebook page They are also giving away prizes if you join their "FAN-tastic Christmas event" and you get more chances to win the more people you invite to the event. Prizes given away are 2 Kindle Fire, 4 iPod Shuffle, 12 of their Beautiful History CDs, 12 Plumb shirts and 24 custom profile pictures for your Facebook page.

I did not join the event but I did download the music, you must "Like" their page to download the music. I personally think the lead singer has a beautiful voice so I did enjoy her version of "What Child Is This" quite a bit. "What Child Is This" is just a typical rendition of the song but "It's Christmastime" I believe is an original, didn't care for that one as much but still a good song. Read the rest of this entry

Five Iron Frenzy – It Was A Dark And Stormy Night

Five Iron Frenzy is a ska band that formed in 1995 and broke up in 2003. They seem to have quite a loyal following and the announcement of them getting back together and recording new material seems to be making a good handful of people very happy. They are using the kickstarter program to raise money to record a new album that sounds to be planned for 2013. The goal for the kickstarter was to raise $30,000 and at the time of this posting they were at $133,535 and have 53 days to go yet. So yeah, I'd say there is definitely some interest in this reunion.

To hold the fans over until they get the full album done they posted a song for download on their website, and from what I have read the fans are LOVING the new song. The song is called "It Was A Dark And Stormy Night" but when I play the song in Winamp it is labeled "Five Iron Frenzy – Hope Still Flies". Either way enjoy the new music. Read the rest of this entry

The Hawk In Paris – His + Hers

The Hawk In Paris is a supergroup made up of Dan Haseltine (lead singer of Jars Of Clay), Matt Bronleewe (former guitar player and writer for Jars Of Clay) and Jeremy Bose (Producer). Matt and Jeremy also work together under the name Bronleewe and Bose, mostly doing remixes for bands like Plumb, LeAnn Rimes and others.

The sound of the album is heavily influenced by 80s synthpop bands, some of the bands that they said they got influence from are Psychedelic Furs, Depeche Mode, New Order, The Eurythmics and Genesis. Although having a 80s synthpop feel to it I feel the band blended a newer electronic feel to it as well, there is also a handful of moments I reminded of U2. Read the rest of this entry

Plumb – NoiseTrade Sampler

Plumb has been making music for 15 years and are getting ready to release a new album "Faster Than a Bullet," but while waiting for their new album fans can check out a new sampler they just released for free. The songs are available through NoiseTrade, the site labels the sampler "Career Sampler" but when downloaded it is labeled "NoiseTrade Sampler."

This album consists of new versions of the 2 songs Damaged and Blush, the song Beautiful History from her hits collection of the same name, two remixes released on a bonus disc from that same hits collection and the song In My Arms originally from the album Blink. This is a great addition to any fans collection for the new versions and remixes and also a great introduction to anyone interested in checking out the band. It's free so you can't go wrong. Read the rest of this entry

Wild At Heart – Self-Titled (EP)

Wild At Heart is a hardcore band from Detroit, Michigan. They have a sound like, well almost every other hardcore band out there I guess, so if you like hardcore you should enjoy this. At their Myspace and Facebook they have this to say about their band, " We are here to do one thing, and one thing alone….and that is to spread the love of Jesus Christ, and be vessels for the Lord our God to further lead our generation to the one true love." Their lyrics then reflect that mission and are very Christian driven.

All the songs are your typical hardcore style except a cover that they do of the Rich Mullins song Awesome God, which ends up being more of a hard rock worship song. Over all it's a good sounding record and I look forward to more from them. They are in the studio at the moment recording their first full-length that will be titled Warefare. They said on their Myspace that it should be out winter of 2011, so any time soon I'd imagine. Read the rest of this entry

Bryson Price – On The Sunny Side

Bryson Price says, "The purpose of releasing this project is to impact people in a positive way and to save souls by sharing the Gospel through music." This comes out in his music and it's nice for those who like this style of music but do not have much choice as far as Christian artists.

The music is mostly dubstep/electro/trance but has influences of hip-hop as well. He has hip-hop influences throughout this album because that is where he got his start in making music, up till now he was making hip-hop music. He said he has only been experimenting with this style for about a year, this shows here and there in the album but overall I thought it was a great start. Read the rest of this entry

Crazy Crazy Awesome Awesome – Truth

Crazy Crazy Awesome Awesome is not every ones cup of tea clearly, based on the reviews that I browsed through on the web. I saw it most labeled as crunkcore, which I can only guess is screamo, rap and electronica all wrapped up in one, because that's what it sounds like.

Many people compared them to Brokencyde, but I don't know who that is and didn't care to check them out. I think anyone who enjoys Family Force 5 should probably give it a try. Their styles are similar but unlike FF5's lyrics, which seem to be mostly about dancing and very little about their Christian faith, Crazy Crazy Awesome Awesome does not hide their faith in the least. They put out lots of great Christian messages through their lyrics, two songs are spoken word talking about scriptures. This is one thing that I really like about this album because since I downloaded it two weeks ago it is the only thing that my kids have been requesting to listen to, they LOVE it!!! Read the rest of this entry

See The Light – Maranatha

Right away See The Light's Maranatha reminded me a bit of Andrew W.K., but a bit heavier. There is very clear Christian messages that come through in their music, some bands express their religious ideas without actually waving a flag that says, "Yes, we are Christians and this is a Christian album," but these guys do not hide the fact in the least.

I think most would put it in the category of metalcore their MySpace says spirit-filled hardcore. This is definitely a "heavy worship" album, they don't hide that they are singing about their Christian beliefs so they can appeal to a secular audience. The music is fantastic and a bit all over the place as far as music styles. The album has spoken word, worship, hardcore/metal, progressive metal and piano pieces are laced throughout beautifully. I have grown very fond of this album and it is one of my current favorites, it is something I can feel great about listening to with my kids around. Read the rest of this entry

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