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Listen To Brand New Whitecross Song "Man In The Mirror" From New Album "Fear No Evil

Listen To Brand New Whitecross Song “Man In The Mirror” From New Album “Fear No Evil

Feb 28, 20244 min read

One of the first-ever Christian hard rock/metal bands is the Illinois-based, Whitecross. The band started in the early ‘80s, touring steadily from 1988 to 1994 and averaging 150 performances per year. The Dove Awards recognized Whitecross three times: twice for…

Stryper to Release Their First Ever Acoustic Album 'Acousticyzed' On Feb. 16th

Stryper to Release Their First Ever Acoustic Album ‘Acousticyzed’ On Feb. 16th

Feb 15, 20241 min read

Stryper is releasing this two-disc set containing an audio CD and Blu-ray video. The band’s first acoustic album and video recorded and filmed at SpiritHouse Studios in 2021. This is a very limited pressing collector’s-edition and features 11 beautifully recorded…

Brian "Head" Welch To Launch New Record Company XOVR (Crossover)

Brian “Head” Welch To Launch New Record Company XOVR (Crossover)

Dec 9, 20231 min read

It is a complete pleasure to work together with my long time friend and solo manager David Williams to start XOVR (pronounced ’Crossover Records’) I am equally excited to work on our first release with @spokenofficial, featuring our brother JR…

Watch Brand New P.O.D. Video For 'Afraid To Die' (Featuring Jinjer Vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk)

Watch Brand New P.O.D. Video For ‘Afraid To Die’ (Featuring Jinjer Vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk)

Dec 1, 20231 min read

P.O.D. “Payable On Death: has released their brand new video for the song “Afraid To Die” from their upcoming new album. https://youtu.be/ah80WZaJH54 @pod “If the world is gonna end you know that I’m bringing all my friends cuz we ain’t…

Former Flyleaf Singer Lacey Sturm Returns With Spiritually Reflective Album Called Kenotic Metanoia

Former Flyleaf Singer Lacey Sturm Returns With Spiritually Reflective Album Called Kenotic Metanoia

Nov 19, 20233 min read

Lacey Sturm has released her sophomore solo album Kenotic Metanoia, available everywhere on November 17 at https://stem.ffm.to/kenoticmetanoia. The former Flyleaf lead singer offers the project to the world independently, led by a string of arresting singles including “Awaken Love,” “Reconcile”…

45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear

45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear

Nov 16, 202322 min read

In the 80s and 90s heavy metal bands were booming and found themselves in the mainstream of music for the first time.  So too were the Christian heavy metal bands of the time, but without the kind of coverage, radio…

Stryper’s Michael Sweet Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Stryper’s Michael Sweet Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Oct 20, 20232 min read

Michael Sweet, vocalist and guitarist in Stryper has shared the following update via social media: Hello my friends, I wanted to give you all an update on my eyes and my thyroid. First, my eyes are actually doing fairly well…

Guardian Vocalist Jamie Rowe Returns With Kalamity Kills (Listen To 3 Songs Now!)

Guardian Vocalist Jamie Rowe Returns With Kalamity Kills (Listen To 3 Songs Now!)

Sep 13, 20233 min read

Kalamity Kills, the band identity for the music of Jamie Rowe, has announced their self-titled debut album, “Kalamity Kills.” The album will be released to all digital outlets on September 15th, 2023. Funded by fans via Kickstarter, the album was…

Stryper, Skillet And Red To Headline Uprise Fest

Stryper, Skillet And Red To Headline Uprise Fest

Aug 22, 20231 min read

Christian Musical Festival Uprise Fest is set to feature great rock bands from across the entire Christian musical spectrum including quite a few big name metal artists including Skillet, Stryper and Red and an assortement of great up and coming…

Christian Rockers THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH Announce New Album, Release the Video ''War of Change'' with Adelitas Way!

Christian Rockers THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH Announce New Album, Release the Video ”War of Change” with Adelitas Way!

Aug 15, 20233 min read

Canada-based christian rock celebrities THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH are excited to announce their comeback after six years and they do it in style! The band will soon release “The End Is Where We Begin: Reignited”, including newly recorded performances morphed with…

Why Skillet Is/Was An Emo Band

Why Skillet Is/Was An Emo Band

Jan 14, 20237 min read

When we think of emo music, we often think of dark clothing and bright colorful hair, gloves with holes for fingers, and emotionally, at times angsty music. Bands like the ridiculously talented My Chemical Romance are among the first to…

The Case For Christian Rock/Metal Bands To Be In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The Case For Christian Rock/Metal Bands Who Belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Dec 30, 20224 min read

Christianity and rock n’ roll are often seen as opposites. The hall of fame representing rock also has a questionable history. For example, Justin Beiber is more likely to get in before Pantera. I am writing this article, pretending that…

Christian Metal Band, Tourniquet's Drummer And Founder Dead at 62

Christian Metal Band, Tourniquet’s Drummer And Founder Dead at 62

Aug 20, 20223 min read

Tourniquet drummer Ted Kirkpatrick has passed away at the age of 62 from acute lung disease. His wife Christy shared the following info regarding his passing: This is Cristy, Ted’s wife. I have some very sad news to share. My…

Christian Metal Band Bloodgood's Bass Player Michael Bloodgood Suffers Hemorrhagic Stroke

Michael Bloodgood, Bassist For Christian Metal Band Bloodgood Has Died

Jul 30, 20221 min read

Bloodgood have shared the following info about Michael’s death: Dear, Friends – It’s with a heavy heart we share that we lost our beloved, Michael Bloodgood at 8:15am Central this morning. After a gallant fight that began with a severe…

Ex-Stryper Bassist Tim Gaines Responds To FanBase Allegations

Ex-Stryper Bassist Tim Gaines Responds To FanBase Allegations

May 21, 20222 min read

Former Stryper bassist, Tim Gaines has apparently been the subject of rumors within the Stryper fanbase. Gaines has posted the following on his Official Facebook page regarding these rumors: Hey Folks, It’s been brought to my attention that I am…

Christian Metal Band Bloodgood's Bass Player Michael Bloodgood Suffers Hemorrhagic Stroke

Christian Metal Band Bloodgood’s Bass Player Michael Bloodgood Suffers Hemorrhagic Stroke

Feb 23, 20221 min read

Bloodgood has posted the following update via their Facebook page: Dear Friends, Michael Bloodgood has suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and has been airlifted to the hospital. Although he’s currently stable, he had a severe brain bleed so the next several…

Who Are The Big Four Of Christian Metal?

Who Are The Big Four Of Christian Metal?

Feb 11, 20224 min read

Since Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax became the big four of thrash metal, they have caused many metalheads to look at things in a top-four format. These four were clearly the most well-known and successful thrash metal bands in the…

Top 10 Successful Headbanging Bands With A Christian Message

Top 10 Successful Headbanging Bands With A Christian Message

Oct 27, 20218 min read

For this list, a band must have several Christian members, and many of their lyrics must be faith-inspired. The band also has to have started and stayed Christian. This keeps Megadeth and W.A.S.P. out as well as many bands that…

Yes, Many Christian Rock Fans Enjoy Secular Music Too!

Yes, Many Christian Rock Fans Enjoy Secular Music Too!

Sep 1, 20214 min read

(Editor’s Intro) For some people, the world of Christian rock and the world of music outside that realm are two completely spaces. It’s surprising when you hear that someone who listens to metal and rock has ignored Christian rock bands…

Stryper Belongs In The Metal Hall Of Fame…And Here’s Why

Stryper Belongs In The Metal Hall Of Fame…And Here’s Why

Aug 22, 20214 min read

The Importance of Stryper In Metal A lot of people just assume Stryper was only big for Christian music. Yes, they paved the way for bands like Skillet, P.O.D., and arguably Paramore and Evanescence. Sure they helped turn the Contemporary…

Heavy Bands With Christian Messages Who Have Found Commercial Success

Heavy Bands With Christian Messages Who Have Found Commercial Success

Aug 10, 20219 min read

Who says loud music is demonic? Besides the church. And parents. And the black metal fans. And the PMRC. Okay, okay. But the Bible does encourage loud, passionate music with stringed instruments. It also mentions dinosaurs (Job) and outlaws slavery…

Stryper's Michael Sweet Talks About Hypocrisy In The Christian Music Industry

Stryper’s Michael Sweet Talks About Hypocrisy In The Christian Music Industry

Jul 2, 20214 min read

Michael Sweet, lead vocalist and guitarist for Christian metal band Stryper has posted the following on his thoughts about the “Christian” music industry on his Facebook page: You can read the whole article and more on Michael Sweet’s Facebook page:…

Top 15 Christian Metal Bands Of The 80's

Top 15 Christian Metal Bands Of The 80’s

Feb 1, 201911 min read

01. Stryper-Stryper has to be at the top of this list. Not because I think they’re the best, but because their contribution to Christian metal is the equivalent of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest in the non-christian metal…

Michael Sweet Talks With XS ROCK

Michael Sweet Talks With XS ROCK

Oct 23, 201711 min read

Michael Sweet (Stryper) and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob)  have reunited once again to create Unified, the second album by Sweet & Lynch. I had the chance to sit down and talk with Michael Sweet about the new album, working…

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Tim Gaines Confirms That He Has Been Fired From Stryper

Aug 31, 20172 min read

Here’s the latest news direct from Tim Gaines about his dismissal from the Christian metal band Stryper: Howdy folks, Here is a KNAC interview that I gave with Faithsedge vocalist Giancarlo Floridia, earlier this week. This is the “official” unofficial…

80s Heavy Metal News

Exodus To Release Live Album From 1989 "British Disaster: The Battle Of '89 (Live At The Astoria)

80s Heavy Metal

Thrash metal masters, EXODUS return with more than exciting news! Listen To the first single released below:  The band announces today their live album British...

Watch New Video By Anvil For "Feed Your Fantasy" From Upcoming New Album Watch New Video By Anvil For "Feed Your Fantasy" From Upcoming New Album

80s Heavy Metal

Canadian metal legends ANVIL have announced their new studio album, ‘One And Only’, for a release on June 28, 2024 via powerhouse label AFM Records! A first video single, “Feed Your...

Ratt Rarities Album Being Released By Deadline Music On May 31st Ratt Rarities Album Being Released By Deadline Music On May 31st

80s Heavy Metal

From the ’80s metal vault comes this collection of vintage demos and live recordings of one of the scene’s biggest hitmakers, RATT! Features the...

Babylon A.D. Returns With New Album "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day" Babylon A.D. Returns With New Album "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day"

80s Heavy Metal

Babylon A.D. announce their brand new studio album “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day” to be released May 17th on Perris Records. It’s been...

Metal Church Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof Releases New Side-Project Album Hall Aflame Metal Church Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof Releases New Side-Project Album Hall Aflame

80s Heavy Metal

Hall Aflame, the rock band which features Metal Church founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, will release their long-awaited sophomore album “Amplifire” on May 3, 2024...

Firehouse Singer CJ Snare Dead At 64 Firehouse Singer CJ Snare Dead At 64

80s Heavy Metal

Firehouse has released the following information regarding singer CJ Snare’s untimely death: Today is a sad day for Rock N Roll. It is with...

Hard Rock & Metal News

Scarefield-A Quiet Country Album Review

Hard Rock & Metal

The 80’s were one of the best times for both great horror movies and heavy metal music. Now, years later, along comes the band...

Watch First Video "Residue" From Slayer Guitarist Kerry King's New Album Watch First Video "Residue" From Slayer Guitarist Kerry King's New Album

Hard Rock & Metal

With his solo debut album, From Hell I Rise, set for a May 17 release (Reigning Phoenix Music), today Kerry King unveils “Residue,” the...

Hard Rock & Metal

Buckcherry‘s debut album turns 25 TODAY and the band is celebrating all month long!  Beginning April 6, frontman and founding member Josh Todd will take us down...

Watch Brand New Bon Jovi Video For "Legendary" Watch Brand New Bon Jovi Video For "Legendary"

80s Heavy Metal

BON JOVI, Grammy Award@-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, and oneof history’s most iconic acts, continue their 40th-anniversary celebration, withthe release of...

80s Heavy Metal

Today, supergroup THE END MACHINE shares the new video for “Hell or Highwater”, the third single from their latest album ‘The Quantum Phase’, out...

80s Hard Rock Legends Shark Island Returns With New Live Album "Memento Mori" 80s Hard Rock Legends Shark Island Returns With New Live Album "Memento Mori"

80s Heavy Metal

SHARK ISLAND’S MEMENTO MORI – LIVE ON THE STRIP DROPS ON MAY 17TH THROUGH DEKO ENTERTAINMENT, “PARIS CALLING” STREAMING EVERYWHERE NOW Richard Black was...

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The Top 20 Hard Rock And Metal Albums Of 2023

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2023 had some really good hard rock and metal albums released if you know where to look and listen. The hard rock and metal...

45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear 45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear

80s Heavy Metal

Angelica Attempting to hit on the sound of guitar slingers like Van Halen and George Lynch, Angelica went for a more glam-sounding singer, similar...

20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear 20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear

80s Heavy Metal

Each year, it seems that the remaining 80s hard rock and metal bands that are still putting out new music seem to get smaller...

Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars' Real Names Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars' Real Names

80s Heavy Metal

Check out these 80’s Hard Rock And Metal Stars’ Real Names! Some of these names are well known to fans, while others might find...

Who Were The Top 15 Most-Glam Mainstream Metal Bands Of The 80s? Who Were The Top 15 Most-Glam Mainstream Metal Bands Of The 80s?

80s Heavy Metal

The 80s were the decade of excess and musically that was absolutely true as well. The hard rock and heavy metal musical landscape exploded...

Who Were The Best Straight Up, No Frills Hard Rock And Metal Bands Of The 80s? Who Were The Best Straight Up, No Frills Hard Rock And Metal Bands Of The 80s?

80s Heavy Metal

The 1980s hard rock and metal scene is widely known as a generation of excess and a lot of over-the-top imagery. In fact, most...

80s Rock & Pop

Listen To INXS' Michael Hutchence's Previously Unreleased Song "One Way"

80s Rock & Pop

In the great pantheon of musicians transcending above mere “celebrity” status, the late MICHAEL HUTCHENCE towers over most. A consummate “rock star” if there...

'80s POP HITMAKERS WANG CHUNG, MEN WITHOUT HATS, THE MOTELS, AND NAKED EYES ANNOUNCE THE “ABDUCTED BY THE '80s” TOUR '80s POP HITMAKERS WANG CHUNG, MEN WITHOUT HATS, THE MOTELS, AND NAKED EYES ANNOUNCE THE “ABDUCTED BY THE '80s” TOUR

80s Rock & Pop

The 1980s were a unique, fun-filled era of music shaped in no small part by the emergence of MTV and the genre of New...

Watch Kevin Bacon Perform The Song "Losing The Night" With His Band The Bacon Brothers Watch Kevin Bacon Perform The Song "Losing The Night" With His Band The Bacon Brothers

80s Rock & Pop

The Bacon Brothers, featuring Michael and Kevin Bacon, are excited to announce the release of their new video, “Losing The Night”, from their forthcoming...

80s Music Video Of The Day

Take a trip down memory lane with this list of one-hit wonders on the U.S. charts from the years 1980 and 1981. How many...

Legendary 80s Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces 2024 American Tour Legendary 80s Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces 2024 American Tour

80s Rock & Pop

Adam Ant is pleased to announce his ANTMUSIC 2024 U.S. tour, which commences March 21st in St. Louis, MO. The English Beat will be supporting...

Foreigner And Styx Announce Renegades And Jukebox Heroes Tour With John Waite Foreigner And Styx Announce Renegades And Jukebox Heroes Tour With John Waite

80s Rock & Pop

Foreigner has announced the following: This summer we’re hitting the road with Styx! “We always look forward to being with our buddies in Styx,”...

Alternative-Punk-Electronic

Watch "Mercy" Video From Suicide Vocalist Alan Vega's Unreleased Album "Insurrection"

Alternative / Punk

Brooklyn-born master of minimalism Alan Vega is today announcing a previously unreleased new album, “Insurrection,“ and sharing the video for the lead single “Mercy.“ The video, directed by founding member of Jesus...

Alternative / Punk

Classic U.K. punk band Vice Squad has just released a newly remixed version of the song “Spitfire” along with a new video for the...

Bon Harris Says Nitzer Ebb Have No Plans For A New Studio Album Anytime In The Near Future Bon Harris Says Nitzer Ebb Have No Plans For A New Studio Album Anytime In The Near Future

Alternative / Punk

Electro-industrial legends Nitzer Ebb have released the following message regarding Douglas McCarthy’s health issues and the band’s future:

Face To Face, Save Ferris, Unwritten Law, Zebrahead & More Face To Face, Save Ferris, Unwritten Law, Zebrahead & More

Alternative / Punk

Brew Ha Ha Productions has announced the initial music lineup for the first-ever BRIGHTSIDE Music Festival, presented by WJRR-FM, on Saturday, April 27 at Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida.  Summer comes...

Front 242 Singer Hospitalized Front 242 Singer Hospitalized

Alternative / Punk

After an incredible 40-plus-year run on the road, Belgian EBM act Front 242 are setting an end to their live concert career, announcing their...

Alternative / Punk

Toxic misogyny, violence against women, and incels are the latest target Al Jourgensen takes aim at in the song “B.D.E.” (aka “Big Dick Energy”)...

Rock News

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

Rock

Today, legendary rockers BLUE ÖYSTER CULT share a fresh single to celebrate the release of their new album, ‘Ghost Stories,’ out now on Frontiers...

Watch New Black Crowes Video For "Wanting And Waiting" Watch New Black Crowes Video For "Wanting And Waiting"

Hard Rock & Metal

The legendary Black Crowes have just released their latest single and music video for the song “Wanting And Waiting”. The song is from their...

Molly Hatchet Live Photos From Thunder By The Bay Festival, Sarasota, FL Molly Hatchet Live Photos From Thunder By The Bay Festival, Sarasota, FL

Hard Rock & Metal

Legendary Southern Hard Rockers Molly Hatchet played all their greatest hits to a large, enthusiastic crowd that was on their feet throughout the entire...

Hard Rock & Metal

The 26th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival is a three-day event held Feb. 16-18, 2024 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds that...

Watch AC/DC's First Live Appearance Since 2016 At The Power Trip Festival Watch AC/DC's First Live Appearance Since 2016 At The Power Trip Festival

80s Heavy Metal

You can watch the full live performance of AC/DC from their Power Trip show courtesy of the Riff Raff YouTube channel. The band ripped...

DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR 2024 WITH STEVE MILLER BAND, HEART, AND CHEAP TRICK DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR 2024 WITH STEVE MILLER BAND, HEART, AND CHEAP TRICK

80s Heavy Metal

Def Leppard and Journey are teaming up for the Summer Stadium Tour 2024 with Steve Miller Band, Heart, and Cheap Trick! The Rock &...

Rock Stars…Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

W.A.S.P. was originally known for outrageous antics such as throwing raw meat into the audience and appearing to torture people on a horror-themed stage....

Winger...Where Are They Now? Winger...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

Winger released their debut album “Winger in 1988 and it scored the band its first platinum-selling album. Winger released its second album In the...

Britny Fox...Where Are They Now? Britny Fox...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

Britny Fox was formed in 1985 with “Dizzy” Dean Davidson on vocals, former Cinderella drummer Tony Destra, former Cinderella guitarist Michael Kelly Smith and...

badlands badlands

Hard Rock & Metal

After guitarist Jake E. Lee was fired from Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band, Badlands was formed when Lee recruited bassist Greg Chaisson, former Black Sabbath...

Hurricane...Where Are They Now? Hurricane...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

Hurricane started out in 1983-84 with the original lineup of lead vocalist Kelly Hansen (vocals/rhythm guitar), Robert Sarzo (guitar), Tony Cavazo (bass), and Jay...

Black N' Blue...Where Are They Now? Black N' Blue...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

  Black ‘N Blue was formed in 1981 and released four successful and critically acclaimed albums through Geffen Records including their self-titled debut (1984),...