For Today just announced that their song "Flesh And Blood" is now featured in the video game "Pinball Rocks," which is available on iOS and Android. The Blast has been playing that song full format (any hour of any day, not just on the Blastmetal show, in other words) for a few weeks now (good timing)! It is now in medium rotation on The Blast. In the metadata, we were displaying it as "Flesh Of Blood", as that is what the album jacket calls it. But…after further review…the name of the song is overturned. As an instant replay look at the CD itself shows the song title is actually "Flesh And Blood," which makes more sense, of course. So, the Philadelphia Eagles will not be charged a timeout for Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid's challenge. We figured it was artistic license. Nope, it looks like it was a good old fashioned typo. C'mon, man!
Impending Doom has signed with eOne Music and they will release a new full length album called "Death Will Reign" on November 5, 2013. The band and the label say this will be the band's most ferocious material to date.
"We wanted this album to sound very natural and unpolished," explains longtime bassist David Sittig, a part of the lineup since before the first album's release. "There's no crazy digital stuff. There are no fake drums. We wanted it to have the feel of our first album with the songwriting from the last one. We've gotten better at song structures and so forth over the years, but we wanted to recapture that old-school vibe, too."
The Blast plays their song "My Light Unseen" full format and several other cuts from their most recent albums on our weekend Blastmetal show.
Pillar is going to have a song on what will eseentially be a soundtrack for a major theatrical release called "Day Of War". This song will also be on the new CD from Pillar, which has been delayed until 2014, partly because of their commitment to write and record this song for the movie.
At this time, the song's tentative title is "Lions Lead The Way". Pillar bass player Kalel assures us the song will be very heavy and says it is Noah riffage at its finest. (Referring to Noah Henson, guitarist of Pillar).
Reading between the lines, it sounds like the fact that the guys in the band have, collectively,13 kids now, is probably slowing them down, too. Kalel says as soon as they get done recording this soundtrack song, they will start writing the rest of the new Pillar album.
Update: We got some more specifics from Kalel (bass player Michael Wittig), who tells The Blast's Colin Cruz:
"I will tell you this new Pillar album is going to be freaking heavy. A lot of the music and riffs are written and they are "next level" for us. I am sure Rob has some screams planned in choice spots. We are still going to keep it all catchy and melodic, but the riffs and Lester's drumming is heavy as crud."
The Blast also asked Kalel if Pillar will be purposely independent or if they are pursuing a label deal, to which Kalel said:
"We are open to whatever makes sense. A few labels are waiting to hear from us but we want to get the album done first."
One way Christian rock bands have of helping them achieve longevity (and making a living) is finding some success at Christian "CHR" (Pop/Top 40) radio, so Cruz asked Kalel if they plan on having some ballads CHR radio could play on the album. Kalel says:
"Yeah there will be a few songs for CHR as well."
Tooth And Nail Records is going to re-issue Love And Death's album "Between Here And Lost" as an expanded edition on September 17th. The new version of the album will have 3 additional tracks, in addition to the original 11 songs on the record. The 3 new tracks will include Jason Rauch remixes of the songs "The Abandoning" and "Meltdown", plus the song "Empty."
Love and Death is also on tour this fall in these cities:
Since October had been quiet for a long time. Months ago, they shared that they were contemplating whether to record another album. Well, they have decided to do it! Songs are written and they are hitting the studio soon! The Blast was one of the first radio stations to play Since October, starting with the original demo version of "Beautiful", which we played off one of their DIY projects, pre-Tooth and Nail days, and that is the version we still play, in addition to several other hits of theirs.
Last night in the Dallas area, Random Hero's touring van was broken into. Bags of personal belongings were stolen, as was their cash box, which had money they were going to use to buy new merchandise and pay for expensive repairs needed for their van. The band issued this statement:
We know that God is bigger than us, he's bigger than money, and he is bigger than this situation. We know that he will continue to provide and bless this ministry as he always has. We just ask that all of you keep us and our families in your prayers during this stressful time. And most importantly, we ask you to pray for those who did this. They must be in a bad situation if they resort to this.
Random Hero is taking donations to cover the stolen cash: http://
Red has not one, but TWO songs nominated for Rock Song Of The Year…those are their back-to-back Rock radio singles Who We Are and Perfect Life.. Not surprisingly, Skillet's Sick Of It is also nominated in the category as is We As Human's Strike Back, and Remedy Drive's Resuscitate Me. All five of those songs are Blasted here.
Switchfoot's song Afterlife is among the nominees for the "Rock/Contemporary" Song Of The Year Category. Red is the only band nominated in both the Rock Song and Rock Album of the Year categories. In the latter category, their Release The Panic album is among the nominees, as are: Flyleaf's New Horizons; Thousand Foot Krutch's The End Is Where We Begin; Fireflight's Now; and House Of Heroes' album Cold Hard Want.
Skillet is heading back to Europe this fall…for a month this time. Skillet will jam in 14 countries on the continent. France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom all get at least one Skillet show on this late October through late November jaunt.
In the revolving door of Christian rock bands, Sent By Ravens is one of the most recent casualities falling prey to harsh economic reality. But the good news is, even though the band is on what is potentially a permanent hiatus, they are doing a reunion concert in Jacksonville, Florida this Saturday, with House Of Heroes, Sumerlin and several other bands. It all kicks off at 1:30 pm at Murray Hill Theatre.