Kingdom Come Festival 2024: At Least 23 Blast Bands At Free Festival

At least 23 bands that The Blast plays, plus some artists and bands heard on The Blast Blender and The Implosion, will be playing at this year’s Kingdom Come Festival near Greenfield, Indiana.    The Blast is a mouthpiece promotional sponsor for the festival.  We will have a booth there again this year run by some awesome Blasters from Memphis.

The 23 bands The Blast plays are:

Spoken…Disciple…American Arson…The Protest…Chaotic Resemblance….Behold The Beloved…Matt Moore…Nate Parrish….Relentless Flood…Fyrebrand…Relessser…Autumn’s Descent…Autumn Eve…Ashes Remain…Adamic…As We Are…These Beautiful Ruins…

Theoterran…Undefeated…Zahna…Reclaim The Day…Amongst The Giants…
Devin Williams Band.

The festival is free.  For directions to the outdoor venue, visit https://KingdomComeFestival.com

Spoken, Brian “Head” Welch, Nate Parrish Also Doing Anti-Trafficking Concert

Nate Parrish joins Brian Head Welch and Spoken in a benefit concert for human trafficking survivors

On Tuesday, May 28, the rock acts will present An Evening of Rock and Conversation in Bakersfield, CA

(by Mary Nikkel of Transparent Media)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Nate Parrish has joined the lineup for An Evening of Rock and Conversation, a benefit concert supporting the human trafficking survivors served by Magdelene Hope. The evening’s roster is spearheaded by Brian Head Welch and Spoken. You can access tickets at https://linktr.ee/rockandconversation.

“Any time I can rock while also raising awareness for a great cause, I’m in!” punk rocker Nate Parrish offers. “Shining a light on the darkness of human trafficking happening right now in Bakersfield is something I believe our community can all unite around. Let’s do this!”

The event will be happening on Nate Parrish’s home turf at The Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater. Tickets, which are $35 in advance and $40 day of show, give each attendee a chance to support the mission, enjoy some music and participate in a live auction. All of this is key to empowering Magdelene Hope to continue their work in serving the vulnerable population of local trafficking survivors.

“Our desire is to see more people be made aware, volunteer, advocate, and partner with us in our mission to eradicate sex trafficking,” explains Dr. Doug Bennett, founder and president of Magdalene Hope. “I am excited to have Spoken and Nate Parrish on the same bill with my longtime friend Brian Head Welch. They’ll join together for a conversation about life, music, the launching of his new record label, and more. We will be selling Korn Koffee on our coffee truck at the show. Our truck provides employment to survivors through Magdalene Hope’s Rescue Grounds Coffee Company.”

The end result promises to be an evening that extends truly multi-faceted support to the work of ending sex trafficking.

An Evening of Rock and Conversation will begin at 7:00 on May 28, with doors opening at 6:00. Get tickets at https://linktr.ee/rockandconversation. To learn more about the mission of Magdelene Hope or donate directly, visit https://magdalenehope.org/.

If you think that you or someone you know is being trafficked, text “HELP” to 233733 or call 888-373-7888.

HolyName, Impending Doom To Do An Anti-Human Trafficking Concert

HolyName and Run Against Traffic Host Rock Against Traffic concert with With Impending Doom in Pomona, CA

The event supporting the Run Against Traffic foundation will feature HolyName, Impending Doom, Convictions, Dynasty and Meadows 

(by Mary Nikkel of Transparent Media)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — HolyName and Impending Doom have joined forces for an earth-shattering night of metal for good with Rock Against Traffic, a concert benefitting survivors of human trafficking. The monster lineup of heavy music will support the Run Against Traffic Foundation, which exists to fuel quality trauma-informed aftercare. The full lineup includes HolyName, Impending Doom, Convictions, Dynasty and Meadows. Tickets are on sale now at https://link.dice.fm/Ae14153bc531.

Run Against Traffic was founded by Tommy Green, former vocalist for Sleeping Giant and current singer for HolyName. After he and his wife Krissi encountered a survivor of trafficking, their lives were forever changed. With Rock Against Traffic, the metal vocalist is hoping to stir people to action the same was he was moved. 

“Rock Against Traffic is significant because it combines my own origins in a unique and passionate culture of people with a mission that is very near to mine and Krissi’s hearts,” Tommy explains. “We are using the power of our community in the hardcore and metal scene, combining that with a vision to raise awareness, raise funds and shine a light on the incredible need that exists for survivors of human trafficking to receive quality aftercare.”

It’s not the first time that the metal scene has rallied around the Run Against Traffic cause. As a band, HolyName ran a limited edition merch drop to support the foundation. Recently, the metal outlet KingdomCore did the same. The passion and energy inherently found in the metal community has been the perfect power source to channel into a cause desperately needing attention. 

Expanding on that need, Tommy says, “Without proper aftercare, nearly all of these precious people somehow find their way back into the life. The desire to make fundraising, activism and awareness as easy as possible is part of what has fueled this event. I think it’s incredible that through the power of the marketplace and the platform of media, the mission can be accomplished by people simply buying a ticket to a show, seeing some of their favorite bands and hearing about Run Against Traffic’s work.”

While supporting the cause, attendees are due for a truly unforgettable metal show. Between the veteran players in HolyName and Impending Doom, modern contenders in Convictions and the newcomers in Dynasty and Meadows, the night promises to be unforgettably brutal. 

“My hope is that people have an experience at the show,” Tommy concludes. “That they enjoy the bands and go home knowing that by purchasing a ticket, buying some merch or just donating at the show, they did what they could to stand with those precious human beings that are in desperate need of quality aftercare.”

You can get tickets at https://link.dice.fm/Ae14153bc531. For more about Run Against Traffic, visit www.irunagainsttraffic.com.

Ignescent Starts a GiveSendGo Campaign To Raise Funds For European Concerts

Ignescent has been booked for the CVJM Loud and Proud Festival in Wissen, Germany on September 27-28, 2024.  Disciple, Petra, and HolyName will also be at that festival.   Ignescent is also going to play four concerts in France.

Ignescent is looking to raise money to pay for their airfare and to rent a van in Europe and for food and gas and hotel for their tour.

Ignescent is an important band for The Blast…their songs such as Not Today, Resist, Exodus, Demons 777, and Into The Night have helped a lot of our listeners.

GiveSendGo is a Christian fundraising platform, and that is the platform they are using to raise the funds:

https://www.givesendgo.com/GC5NK

 

Matt Moore Explains New Single Darker Waters That Deals With Mental Health

Matt Moore’s new single called Darker Waters has just been added to https://TheBlast.FM playlist as the follow up to Tether.

Moore explains the background behind the song and his own personal struggles with mental health issues and the hope he has found in Jesus Christ:

https://youtu.be/QrwmQeaQnt0

Project 86 To Livestream Double-Album Concert Event March 1-2 In Nashville

Project 86 to Livestream Double-Album Concert Event March 1-2 in Nashville

Project 86 waved goodbye to the old and ushered in something much more ominous with their recent release of the OMNI double album. Now, they are gearing up to celebrate the release with a unique livestream event on March 1-2. In-person tickets sold out quickly, but fans can still enjoy this special event in a virtual setting (tickets available at Project86.com).
“We wanted to create a multimedia experience that transcends the typical live show from a band. We view this event as another piece of world-building for the new material and content, while performing some of the classic P86 jams for one of the last times,” frontman Andrew Schwab says. “If you have ever seen the band play, this will be a much different animal. We have leveled up.”
Schwab has stated the OMNI double album is a complete reinvention, going so far as re-branding his longstanding outfit as P86:OMNI.
“It’s cyberpunk metal set in the OMNI-VERSE,” he explains.”It’s much more extreme than anything Project 86 ever released, and frankly, it has been so much fun to go to places I always wanted to go with building a world, creating a story and making heavier music.”
The band will unveil an exclusive vinyl variant, t-shirt, and new music video for the song “Complete the Circle” at the event. All livestream ticket holders will be entered to win an OMNi Vinyl Box Set. The livestream willl be available to stream after the event for those who cannot attend night-of.

OMNI is meant to be more than a twenty-three-song double album. It is an immersive scifi/cyberpunk experience, exploring the ideas of transhumanism and AI in a spiritual context. With an accompanying book (coming mid-2024), and fan-driven Alternate Reality Game at Omnicorp.one, fans will find much to lose themselves in. To discover more visit Project86.com.

Disciple Releases Promise To Live Video

Disciple has released the video to their track Promise To Live from the new album Skeleton Psalms.

If you have ever considered suicide, you need to see and hear this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1tbWW8gvSM

 

 

Lacey Sturm’s Sophomore Solo Album Kenotic Metanoia Drops

Lacey Sturm’s transformational sophomore solo album Kenotic Metanoia is available now

The chart-topping hard rock princess is back with fiery songs of spiritual metamorphosis

Lacey Sturm has released her sophomore solo album Kenotic Metanoia, available everywhere 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” and “Breathe With Me.”

The album’s enigmatic title is drawn from two Greek words: “kenosis,” referring to a state of emptying of self, and “metanoia,” referring to deep change and altering of course. Together, Lacey Sturm says that the title captures a moment when you start to see the truth about reality that you didn’t see before. “Kenotic metanoia” is the demand to address and respond to that truth, a call to leave one version of yourself behind.

“All these songs have been for my own heart,” Lacey has said. “When David sings the Psalms, a lot of the time he’s telling his soul what to do. That’s me too in this: telling my soul, singing what I know to be true.”

That truth ranges from the life-force found in “Breathe With Me” to the relinquishment of “Not Your Fight.” These songs are both intimately personal and appropriately mysterious, a glimpse into a deep spiritual process of surrender.

Contemplating the human experience, Lacey says, “Are we going to suffer? Do I need to fight against it, or do I stand and embrace whatever comes? Do I reject suffering and pain, or do I stand and walk through it so I can grow spiritually and see that there’s a strength I didn’t know was there?”

“My strength is made perfect in weakness,” the songstress continues, quoting the scripture. “You lay down your life and you become like Christ. He taught us what it’s like to be human: it’s to willingly lay your life down for love’s sake. It’s walking through that and learning compassion.”

The songs found on Kenotic Metanoia show the full range of both Lacey’s songwriting and vocals skills, fittingly for one of the most lauded voices in hard rock. Her distinctive scorching vocal tones combine with husband Josh Sturm’s broiling guitar riffs. The result is an album that promises to deliver on consistently heating fan hype.

The album also follows a successful summer of Flyleaf reunion dates, featuring Lacey at the band’s helm. With major appearances at festivals like Sick New World and Rockfest, Flyleaf proved that their fanbase is as moved as ever by their emotive hard rock.

Kenotic Metanoia is available on all major streaming platforms and through her online store at https://bio.to/laceysturm. For more information about Lacey, visit laceysturm.com.

About Lacey Sturm

Lacey Sturm is a Grammy-nominated queen of hard rock who secured a place in rock history as the first solo woman to top the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart with her debut album Life Screams. With a career spanning songs like “All Around Me,” “I’m So Sick,” “Again,” “Impossible,” “State of Me” and most recently “Awaken Love,” Lacey Sturm has proven herself as one of the most powerful and enduring voices in hard rock. She is also a sought-after speaker and author, penning the autobiographical books The Reason, The Mystery and The Return. Also a dedicated wife and mother, Lacey tours with her family, supported on stage by her guitarist husband Josh Sturm. You can connect with Lacey at www.laceysturm.com.

-Written by Mary Nikkel of Transparent Media

Kingdom Come Festival This Thurs-Sat Greentown, Indiana: Disciple, The Letter Black + 52 Other Bands

Disciple and The Letter Black are the headliners of this year’s Kingdom Come Fest, a free festival near Kokomo, Indiana.  It happens this Thursday through Saturday.  The Protest, Amongst The Giants, Fyrebrand, Ignescent, American Arson, Relent, Grave Robber, Zahna, Manic Drive, Chaotic Resemblance, Saved By Skarlet, Matt Sassano, Relesser, Matt Moore, Behold The Beloved, Symphony Of Heaven, Azell, Wayde 31, Reclaim The Day, As We Are, The AD/Windblown Media Records All Star Band, I Am The Pendragon, Brotality, Divine Martyr, Rusty Shipp, Samuel Day, and Theoterran are the Blast, Implosion and Blender bands that will be at the festival and there will be a total of about 54 bands.  TheBlast.FM was there the last 3 years and it was definitely worth the trip.

For more details, go to:  https://www.kingdomcomefestival.com/

 

Disciple “Skeleton Psalms” Album Review

 

DISCIPLE “SKELETON PSALMS” ALBUM REVIEW

 

By Colin Cruz, TheBlast.FM Program Director

 

I never thought I’d hear gospel music (or what used to be referred to as “black gospel”), on a Disciple album, but those are the opening sounds of their new record Skeleton Psalms, which comes out April 28th on BEC/Tooth & Nail Records.   But as long as Kevin Young’s band has been around, there is no need to question his modus operandi.  It works.

 

 You’ve heard the shrill screams and monstrous guitars of the lead track The Executioner on both The Blast and The Implosion (oh YEAH, it’s that heavy) over the last 15 weeks.  So what does the rest of the album sound like?

 

If this album was a radio station, going from track 1 to track 2 Promise To Live, it would be a train wreck, as this is a beautiful pop-rock song with a pretty soft melodic intro.  But when the magnificence of this song is realized, that is quickly forgotten.  This song appears to go out to all who struggle with life’s regrets…and thoughts of suicide. 

Regrets, cutting, drugs, thoughts of suicide.  The struggle is real.   Promise To Live is so heartfelt.   “This is where redemption lives.  All your death will be resurrected again.  This is not your downfall.  It is not your curtain call.  It’s only the start”.  As I listened to this song for the first time, I felt God reassuring me and us that He is so in love with who we are.   This song brings tears to my eyes.  “I vow to hold you till you break through, just swear you’ll stay alive”.  If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, I encourage you to listen to this song and hold tight to the mighty arms of Jesus! 

 

Since the album is called Skeleton Psalms and track 3 is Skeleton Psalm…it  is the closest thing there is to a title track on this collection of tunes. This hard driving grinder finds Kevin Young pressing into Jesus, wanting more… “I need a new love, a liberation, I need a real self-revelation, I need to know what I am living for…show me the world you want me reaching for.”  

 

Bad Words starts out with some all-out screaming from Mister Young mixed in with fierce guitar work from Andrew Stanton and Josiah Prince and relentless drumming from Joey West, and it stays on a brutal METAL track throughout!  Kevin won’t apologize for his faith in this upside-down Bizarro World we live in, where right is wrong and wrong is right.  Wow, this song is jaw-droppingly amazing both musically and lyrically:

“I’ve got these bad words foaming at my mouth.  Kicking my teeth out.  My philosophy is your profanity.  You can ban these bad words foaming at my mouth but you can’t censor the sound.  Your obscenity is my identity. He who Christ sets free is free indeed.  I won’t apologize.  Nothing’s gonna silence my beliefs.”

 

Resurrecting Reasons answers the question…will the Disciple power ballads continue now that Disciple’s altar ego worship band Honor & Glory is in existence?  And the answer is yes!  That makes sense, as the Honor & Glory songs are vertical and this tune is horizontal.  We get some southern rock vocal stylings from Young in this ditty.  And we get to hear the word Jesus a lot on this album.  I think that is 3 songs so far, and I love it.  And with this band, it’s not for the JPM’s…they mean it, and they feel it…and you’ll feel the resurrection power of Jesus in this song. 

 

Dawning Of Deliverance starts out really heavy.  Is this going to be a melody of old Deliverance songs?  No, of course not.  Ah, but the guitar solo will get 80’s metal fans excited. “You pull me under the water so I can breathe again. This is the dawning of deliverance”.  This heavy banger reminds us how we come to new life in Jesus Christ and that we need to fix our eyes on Him. 

 

20:20 Blind Wasn’t that the name of an obscure Christian Rock band?  This track has a theme of casting off the sadness and the misery and the naysayers and only listening to what God’s report is for your situation. 

“Don’t wanna hear another lie of a sad song.  Tonight I feel what I haven’t felt in so long.  Just let me ride to the rhythm of your love song and get swept away.  All I see is you.  When I’m 20/20 Blind.”  Have some things in your past you need to let go of?  Listen to this…

“You’re shining down all over me…your glory lighting up my face…my past is burning in your grace.”  Ooh, I love that.   

 

Scapegoat has an awesome intro…the beginning of this sounds like an 80’s space video game meets the sound of listening for aliens meets industrial music.  Well, kind of.  What do you hear? The deeper I get into this album, the more it hits me…I used to think of Disciple as a hard rock band, but dude…they are so metal.  And I love it!   Feeling some industrial undertones in this song, too, and that’s a good thing.  Hey maybe we can get them to do a whole industrial song on their next album…maybe involve Travis Wyrick and/or Jason Wisdom of Death Therapy in the venture?  On that note, how about a collab with John Cooper of Skillet?     

 

The intro to Bow Down made me go…what the heck?…so creative, musically.  You’ll just have to hear it.  I think the lyrics here are “The hand of the Father is my shield and my dagger.  The blood of Messiah is my torch and my fire….” Wow, the guitars on this album have made my blue eyes get big on multiple occasions.  

 

Alright, turn on the light on your smart phone and wave your arm back and forth in the air.  For The Life Of Me, the final song on the album is by far the mellowest track.  A nice soft landing after the ramping, jarring organized chaos of the previous 9 tracks. 

 

I give Skeleton Psalms 5 stars out of 5.