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No B-Sides Songs Will Play At Disciple’s Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Online Concert

It’s pure greed on our part at TheBlast.FM.  Our own Colin Cruz just asked Disciple lead singer Kevin Young if the band will be playing any of the B-Sides songs at their online concert on Saturday January 23rd.

The B-Sides, you ask?

Yeah.  Remember?  That Disciple album that came out 10 years ago called Horseshoes & Hand Grenades…also had some digital add-on songs that didn’t make the main record.

It was called Horseshoes & Hand Grenades B-Sides.   And it had some fabulous songs on it that we have Blasted over the years:  namely The FuryComedy TragedyDisasterpiece, and Watch It Burn.

And the answer is?   No.

Young reminds us that they are playing the entire (main) Horseshoes & Hand Grenades album from front to back, plus playing two new songs, including The Blast hit Darkness Dies.    

Those two songs plus the 12 on Horseshoes & Hand Grenades makes 14, and Young says he can only handle 14 songs a night.

Fair enough.  It was worth asking.   Inquiring minds wanted to know.

Love And Death To Do Online Concert on Friday February 12, 2021

Love And Death is joining the online concert fray, with a show of their own on Friday February 12th!

It’s been a long time, and Love And Death fans are eager to finally see the band in concert again.

The Blast was the first Christian Rock Radio station to jump on to the new song Down, on November 14, 2020.

To find out more info about the show, go to http://LoveAndDeath.Veeps.com

 

Disciple Postpones Online Concert And Multiplies…

Disciple has postponed their second online concert until Saturday January 23, 2021, due to someone in one of the bands’ households testing positive for Covid-19.

In other group news, Disciple has multiplied into two bands.  The second band is Honor & Glory , the name for the new worship arm of the band.

Disciple says this about their offshoot band Honor & Glory:  Where the mission of Disciple is to reach the unreachable, the vision of Honor & Glory is to create a musical atmosphere where hearts, minds, souls, and voices center on the greatness and wonders of our amazing God through worship.

The debut album from Honor & Glory drops on BEC Records in 2021.

Love And Death New Single Days Away From Launch

Love And Death will FINALLY have some new music for us in just a couple of days!

Here is a preview:  https://www.facebook.com/LoveandDeathMusic/videos/396634098366212

 

 

Disciple/Kevin Young Dominating The Top Of The CMW Christian Rock Chart

Talk about chart dominance!

Not only is Disciple’s song Darkness Dies atop TheBlast.FM chart this week…it is #1 nationally again this week on the Christian Music Weekly chart…AND…Behold The Beloved Come Alive (featuring Kevin Young–of Disciple) is # 2!

Christian Music Weekly (CMW) is a free online publication.  The Blast reports to the CMW Rock Chart.   You can read more and subscribe here:  http://christianmusicweekly.com/

In 10 days, Disciple does their second online concert…performing the entirety of the Horseshoes And Hand Grenades album (to commemorate its 10th anniversary).   They will also perform Darkness Dies for the first time in front of an audience.  You can purchase tickets here:  https://www.itickets.com/events/449963

 

The Protest “Greater” Music Video

The Protest has a video out for its new track Greater.   This is a fabulous video with a funny ending…wait for it!

https://www.facebook.com/theprotest/videos/2750537755167182/

Ignescent Teases Video For New Single “Exodus”

Ignescent’s new single Exodus (featuring Jeremy Valentyne)…will have an accompanying video out to the public on Halloween.   Here is a preview of this video for this song which we’ve been Blasting for a few weeks on TheBlast.FM:

https://www.facebook.com/ignescentmusic/videos/268598621206100/

Disciple To Perform Entire Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Album In Concert

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades was a big album for TheBlast.FM when it came out  in 2010 and for a couple years after that.  We played Battle Lines, Comedy Tragedy, and Disasterpiece, and we still play all three songs.

So this is very exciting news for us, plagiarized from Disciple’s Facebook page:

Ten years of Horseshoes & Handgrenades. Two Disciple lineups. One once-in-a-lifetime livestream event.
HORSESHOES & HANDGRENADES: ANNIVERSARY X will stream on November 21, featuring the ENTIRE Horseshoes & Handgrenades album played front to back with some help from “Disciple 2.0:” Micah Sannan, Andrew Welch, Israel Beachy, and Trent Reiff! We’ll also be playing Love Letter Kill Shot deluxe tracks “Enemy” and “Darkness Dies” for the first time. Get your ticket now: itickets.com/events/449963
Horseshoes & Handgrenades left a lasting impact on us as a band, and we have so many ways we want to celebrate all of the support you’ve shown this album over the past decade. All seven of the Horseshoes & Handgrenades b-sides will be sent to ticket holders VIP and above, there’s a special event shirt designed by our friend Jarob at

Quiet Strength Design (Blast note:  that’s Jarob from The Protest!)
We’re doing a VIP Q&A hangout with all of the current members as well as the 2.0 guys, we’re offering a very limited run of reprint H&H merch for the Anniversary X ticket package, and there might even be a way that you can be a crucial part of the evening (stay tuned for details).
Like with our other livestream concerts this year, all ticket holders will get access to a full audio and video download of the show afterwards, so you can get a ticket even if you won’t be free to watch live! There are more details on the ticket page.

Spoken Interview Friday at 2 PM USA/CAN/MEX Central Time

Friday, The Blast’s Colin Cruz chats with Spoken lead singer Matt Baird about some of their recent songs; their next album; the possible inclusion of a re-worked old song on the new album; about the impact of Covid-19, and about guitarist JR Bareis.  It’s in the 2 PM Hour, in the USA/Canadian/Mexican Central Time Zone.  To compare that to when it is in your time zone, use this page:  https://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/

 

Update: Blasters Say War! 2020 Dove Award Nominees For “The Rock/Contemporary” Album Of The Year

These are the four most valid choices for what should be the Dove Awards’ 2020 “Rock” Album Of The Year category:  Demon Hunter War  (definitely the more hard rockin’ of the War and Peace double album release this year); Disciple Love Letter Kill Shot; Red Declaration; and Skillet Victorious.

But this is not a Rock album of the year category…it is a “Rock/Contemporary” Album of the Year.

First of all, what the crap is “Rock/Contemporary”, anyway?  I miss the long-gone “good old days” when the Dove Awards had straight up Rock categories.

But, alas, this is the Duh-v Awards…and this is the “Rock/Contemporary” category.

Longtime Blasters know one of our old pieces of radio imaging said “Contemporary is a 12-letter word that we have no use for at TheBlast.FM”.   So there’s that…to spew forth a ridiculously dumb cliche saying.

The fifth nominee is a cool pop band called Apollo LTD with an album called Out Of Body.  They are in this category because their music is far too cool to be in an adult contemporary category.   There is no category for edgier pop that is too cool and edgy for adult contemporary radio.

The Christian music industry has all but killed the Christian CHR/Top 40 format…the format that is musically in between Rock and Adult Contemporary, because the know-it-all-powers-that-be think all of the “CHR” and AC stations “should all be punching a hole through the wall in the same spot.”  Ah: conformity.

Well, we will have none of that.  This is why we launched Christian Hot CHR station The Blast Blender in 2014.  Formatically, it lies in between Rock and where most Christian “CHR’s” and Hot AC stations are.

Incidentally, we predict that Apollo LTD will win this (mostly) Rock category.  Because that is the result that will be most maddening, and make the least amount of sense.

Snarkily yours,

Colin Cruz…Program Director of TheBlast.FM

Update:  our final Twitter poll results:

According to Blasters, Demon Hunter should win the Dove Award in the “Rock/Contemporary Album Of The Year Category”. Final results:
 
1. Demon Hunter “War” 38.1%
2. Red “Declaration” 28.6%
3. Skillet “Victorious” 23.8%
4. Disciple “Love Letter Kill Shot” 9.5%
5. Apollo LTD “Out Of Body” did not qualify for the poll as: a. they are a pop group; b. we are a rock station; and c. Twitter only allows 4 choices.