Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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Artist: Capital Lights
Album: Rhythm 'N' Moves
Release Date: July 19, 2012
Label: Tooth & Nail Records

Rhythm 'N' Moves is the sophomore release by Tooth and Nail's Capital Lights. Following the vastly successful This is An Outrage, which was released in 2008 and had a #1 single on the R&R Christian Rock charts ("Out of Control"), the group announced that they would be breaking up for personal reasons. This was not the last that their disappointed fans would hear from them though, and on December 24th, 2010 bassist and lead vocalist, Bryson Phillips, announced that the group would be releasing one more album, though they would not be touring behind it. Here it is, nearly four years from the day that This is An Outrage was released.

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Last year, CRR ventured out to the town of Gilford, New Hampshire for a music festival named SoulFest. It was our first year, and it was amazing, and we will be going back this year! Below is a day-by-day breakdown of what to expect across the festival's five stages, including notable artists, speakers, and even a movie.

Wednesday, August 1st: 

Wednesday this year will contain a good collection of indie rock and worship bands, notably at the Inside Out Stage. The night will be headlined by Florida's Ascend The Hill, along with Abel, The Ember Days, and Walking Unity, with opening slots from upcoming artists such as Astoria. The Revival Stage will be led by Jeremy Camp and Plumb, and the Deeper Well stage will feature a joint set of Matt Maher with Audrey Assad, and young rock bands Fixus and Phao.

Thursday, August 2nd:

Thursday is expected to be one of the biggest days, with SoulFest veterans Switchfoot headlining the Revival Stage, after the annual candlelight service, and with thousands of people, it is quite a memorable scene. The Inside Out Stage will also have its most intense day, full of hardcore and metal all day long, with artists such as Sleeping Giant, War of Ages, To Speak of Wolves, and many more. The Mercy St. Cafe will be the host of a late night dance party with New Zealand's Rapture Ruckus and Gabe Smith Pop Culture Icon. The newly revived Five Iron Frenzy are also set to make their first appearance of this year's festival at the Mountain Top stage as well.

Friday, August 3rd:

Friday's Revival Stage appearances are sure to be one of the most energetic of the festival, with tobyMac and Family Force 5 taking their respectful places. Meanwhile, the Mercy St. Cafe will be showing the notable indie film Blue Like Jazz, with a Q&A session with director/musician Steve Taylor, which will be followed by a set from piano rockers The City Harmonic, who really impressed us last year with their unique live show. If you're into hard rock, the Inside Out Stage will be the place to be, with Brian "Head Welch's Love and Death taking the headlining spot, with vets Project 86, Write This Down, Run Kid Run, and Blessed By A Broken Heart to name a few.

Saturday, August 4th: 

Saturday morning will be the start of the SoulFest youth conference, and the day will see Casting Crowns, Kutless, and Lecrae at the Revival Stage, while the Inside Out Stage will present the recent comeback of ska, with Five Iron Frenzy, The OC Supertones, and rockers Children 18:3 and Hyland.

We're certainly excited for SoulFest, and you can currently order tickets right here, or pick them up at the gate as well!
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Artist: Wolves At The Gate
Album: Captors
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Label: Solid State Records

Solid State has been a staple in terms of heavy christian music. Unfortunately, it also has lost some of it's greatest artists in the last few years (i.e. The Chariot, and Norma Jean.)  However, lately Solid State has really started to kick it up a notch. With some of the recent "new breed" signings, Solid State has given us The Overseer, and Wolves At The Gate. Two bands that I believe will be shaping Solid State back in to the label it used to be.Wolves At The Gate has been on my radar for a couple years now.  They released their EP We Are The Ones last year independently, and it was instantly a hit for me.  Their sound was not super unique, but they did have the maturity to come in to their own. When I heard that Solid State was signing them, I was really excited to hear them expand on the mastered sound of the EP.  Captors, is something really special.

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Artist: For Today
Album: Immortal
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Label: Razor & Tie Records

The main thing I've always admired about For Today has been their unashamed faith in a scene that has been judged so much for its darkness and anger. In fact, I think that has been the key driving point behind their music. While oh so often For Today are classified as unoriginal, it can be insignificant, because at the end of the day, they make uplifting metalcore, that certainly focuses on message over originality. However, that being said, their new album Immortal does switch things up a bit. The band's typical breakdowns are still there, but are utilized a bit better as compared to their last album, Breaker, and many more melodic elements are implemented, such as clean vocals and brighter sounding guitar riffs, even a jazzy one (layered over frontman Mattie Montgomery's screams in "Immortal").

The Old-Timers - Soli Deo Gloria

Artist: The Old-Timers
Album: Soli Deo Gloria
Release Date: June 14, 2012
Label: Thumper Punk Records

Three men; Dave, Don, and Matt from South Africa have come together to form a hardcore-punk band known as The Old-Timers. The band who record their albums in a very odd way, have come out with their latest high octane album, Soli Deo Gloria. This album was recorded be three men in three different cities and two different countries. Dave (vocalist) and Don (guitarist/bassist) live several hours apart from each other in South Africa, they recorded their parts and then sent them to drummer, Matt whom recorded his parts Idaho. The band states that their main purpose is to make music they love, and music that honors the Lord and they're not going to let anything including distance get in their way.

Guest Editorial: The Year of Christian Hip-Hop

This has been a huge year for Christian hip-hop, and we are only half-way through. We’ve had some releases that I’m certain will go down as some of the best in the genre’s history, and a few that deserve to, even if they end up fading from the eyes of many.

Bloodsport - Blackest Darkness

Artist: Bloodsport
Album: Blackest Darkness
Release Date: July 6, 2012
Label: Deadboy Records

Formed in 2005 in Adelaide, South Australia, Bloodsport has been making a name for themselves in the Aussie hardcore scene. Now with the wonders of digital music retailers like iTunes it appears the band is ready to make their big debut in the United States. Blackest Darkness, the bands second album and first on Deadboy Records is 18 minutes of brutally heavy hardcore music to it's core.

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Coming off of offering his latest full length album Love & War & The Sea In Between  free for a whole year, Josh Garrels is at it again. This time he is offering his latest EP Love &War: B-Sides & Remixes for free download.  The EP features a couple new songs, as well as some remixes featuring the likes of Kye Kye, Mason Jar, and Beautiful Eulogy.

 Get it here! And let us know what you think!
Sobre todo Nombre - Abba Father (en Español)

Artista: Sobre Todo Nombre
Album: Abba Padre
Fecha de Publicación: 29 de junio 2012
Discográfica: Ven y Vive

Procedente de Bogotá, Colombia, Sobre Todo Nombre han irrumpido en la escena del metal cristiano con su álbum de debut de Abba Padre, que la banda dice que el nombre "porque queríamos mostrar a cada persona que escucha, que somos hijos e hijas de un Padre que nos ama sin límites ... " El nombre de la banda en sí viene de Filipenses 2:9-11 "Por eso Dios lo exaltó hasta lo sumo y le otorgó el Nombre que está sobre todo nombre (Sobre Todo Nombre), que en el nombre de Jesús toda rodilla se doble ... " Los chicos de Todo Sobre Nombre no se avergüenzan de lo que esta banda está a punto, o lo que es su mensaje y eso se nota en cada canción.

Sobre todo Nombre - AbbaFather

Artist: Sobre todo Nombre
Album: Abba Father
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Label: Come&Live

Hailing from Bogota, Colombia Sobre todo Nombre have burst onto the Christian metal scene with their debut album Abba Father, which the band says they named "because we wanted to show each and every person that listens to it, that we are sons and daughters of a Father that loves us without limits..." The bands name itself comes from Philippians 2:9-11 "therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name (Sobre todo Nombre), that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow..." The guys in Sobre todo Nombre do not shy away from what this band is about, or what their message is and it shows in each and every song.

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Our good friends from New Zealand, The Ember Days, have just launched a Kickstarter to raise $35,000 to record their new album this September with Paul Moak (House of Heroes, Third Day, Seabird) and Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, David Crowder). More information is available at the widget below or right here. The band is on tour this summer, and will be playing the final Cornerstone Festival this week, as well as SoulFest in August, and all the dates can be seen at the band's website. The Ember Days' latest full length album Emergency is also currently available as a free gift through Come&Live!, along with the rest of their discography.

Letter To The Exiles Lyric Video

Letter to the Exiles has posted a new lyric video for "Conversations with Fallen Saints", a song from their new album Make Amends featuring guest vocals from War of Ages' Leroy Hamp.
You can hear "Conversations" here:

Pre-order the new album Make Amends now:

Make Amends is out August 14.

You can catch LTTE on the More Than Sound Tour with War of Ages, Onward to Olympas and Leaders now:

Jul 3 - Barrington, IL @ Rock Room
Jul 7 - Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
Jul 8 - Metairie, LA @ Cypress
Jul 9 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Jul 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Jul 11 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tom Cats West
Jul 12 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
Jul 13 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ The 167
Jul 14 - Wilmar, MN @ Sonshine Fest
Jul 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Jul 17 - Ogden, UT @ Mojos Ogden
Jul 19 - Twin Falls, ID @ The River
Jul 20 - Roseville, CA @ Club Retro
Jul 21 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Jul 22 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre