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July 09, 2008

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Loren Wade

Oh wow. Those are some great bands, but there are many, many more that are just as good. I'm sure you've heard of Underoath, Norma Jean, August Burns Red, etc...

Anyway, my favorite of those is Becoming the Archetype. Great music. Great guys!

Godspeed,

-LW
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Randy

Dude, this is awesome. You are totally taking me back. White Cross was amazing. Blew Petra's "metal" away. "One more chance to do things right!!!"

What the crap? They are coming back too too...just like Extreme! Do you want to play?

Corrine aka Mama Gomer

Demon Hunter was just here with recently reunited Living Sacrifice. Dan and Jordan went. I decided against it. I love Demon Hunter, but my ears are still ringing (literally) from the last time I saw Living Sacrifice. That was THE loudest concert I've ever been to. It was the very last show they played together before reuniting, Lifest, 2003. Let me put it to you this way, we were at the show with Brad Noah, guitarist for Disciple, and he had to leave because it was too loud. If it's too loud for Disciple, well, that's just too loud!

But I do like me some Maylene and The Showdown.

But I'm never sure who fits into the Metal category. What constitutes "Metal"? I asked Google that question and found this list helpful, although I don't think all of these bands are metal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_metal_bands So add to my list of fav Christian metal bands:

Blindside (metal?) - Most especially their album "Silence"
East West - No longer a band, and probably not really metal, but I did love them.
Haste the Day - Good live
Still Remains
Asher has shared with me With Blood Come Cleansing - not bad
Underoath - I love some songs, but can't stand others
Project 86 (metal?) - I like some of their stuff.
Thrice - Would you consider Thrice metal? Probably not.

I think POD is the hard band you cut your teeth on before finding harder bands you like. I guess it's because they are more accessible, more mainstream. I never thought of POD as metal, more like hard core.

What about Nodes of Ranvier? They're pretty good. The Chariot? Zao? Extol?

Melanie

I like Demon Hunter when it isn't screamy.. I'm just not into that part. The music is good... and Ethan is a good guy. :) But I'm a Relient K fan, and Ethan is now their drummer as well as playing in Demon Hunter.

I am not familiar with all of the bands. I like some of POD's music. I seem to recall liking Whitecross, but it's been so long I just don't remember.

--Melanie

david

i love demon hunter as well!
did you see them in atlanta a few weeks ago?

another band to check out is august burns red..

Brian

Old school = Die Happy
New = Spoken & Project 86

adam

king's x, even to this day, has some spiritually charged lyrics that challenge me. i love their music and it's too bad they were crapped on by the "scene".

can't wait to see them w/extreme!!! i'll be there with bells on!

Stoney

I've always been a Ken Tamplin fan. I think I have all his CDs even after he seemingly disappeared (after TAMPLIN). I still listen to my X-sinner CDs and have a few early Kings X, but nothing new. Novella and One Bad Pig also top my list of favorites and I have all their albums loaded on my iPod.

Was Guardian considered metal? Maybe not, but they rocked well enough.

Derek

Alright Mark, you left out one of my all time favorite records. Guardian's "Miracle Mile". Like Bride's "Snakes" record, this one is solid, top to bottom. I've probably bought 3-4 copies of this for me and others. From the opening where Jamie is singing "Well I've been walking..down the miracle...miiiillle" it's pedal to the floor.

I definitely agree with you on Snakes, I've worn that record out.

King's X, definitely, "Faith Hope Love" blew my mind. I remember seeing them 3x during their peak years. Once on the AC/DC tour, once in Atlanta at the Roxy with the Eric Gales Band opening, and once on the Dogman tour at the Cotton Club, when John Corabi (ex singer for the Scream and Motley Crue) came on stage to sing with them.

Whitecross's "Triumphant Return" and "In The Kingdom" were staples for me in high school. I saw them play at Mt. Paran in 1990 supporting "Triumphant Return".

A few extras, really liked X-Sinner (how close can you get to AC/DC, wow), Deliverance (finally got to see them in 94 or 95 at Inner Seeds), Novella (was too good to be understood, really more hard rock than metal).

Thanks for the fun post!

Rick

POD is a great mention on this list, Mark. One of my favorite bands of ANY genre in the last ten years or so.

When I was in high school, a friend and I went to see a band called Heirborn. As a band they were so-so, but I remember they had a guitar with them who could absolutely shred. Never heard much about them after that.

Rob Lester

Wow, I had/have so many cassettes/CDs from the bands you listed. Ken Tamplin is an amazing guitar player and vocalist. If he'd been secular, he would have been a chart-topper (like Winger!). Don't forget Guardian. Their Miracle Mile album rocks.

Other perhaps more obscure include Jet Circus, Joshua, X-Sinner, Sacred Warrior, Novella, One Bad Pig, Tourniquet, and Believer.

Heather

I wish my older brother read your bolgs, he would really like this one. I don't know many, myself, that's not my type of music.

jason(jabob)

About the time I got into Christian music was about the time I stopped listening to metal. I remember buying a Stryper cassette in high school and then trading it for a Prince cassettte. However, I still recommend The Showdown.

adam

Chatterbox - I'm not sure if they're still around, but they rocked!
Showbread - they are great, especially if you like the screaming. Plus, the lead singer of Five Iron Frenzy sings on one of their tracks

Jason Sweet

Gotta love Christian metal! Demon Hunter will definatly be in the top 5 metal bands in Christian music.

Mattrix

What about Disciple. I have two of their albums. They rock.

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