Holy Name’s self-titled debut album has just been released on Facedown Records. HolyName is composed of Tommy Green of Sleeping Giant and Joe Holt and features guest vocals from Brook Reeves of Impending Doom, Eric Gregson of xDeathstarx, Joe Advent, Danon Saylor of Nothing Left, Ryan Clark of Demon Hunter, and Mike Felker of Convictions. Their single Creed is in current rotation on The Blast and The Implosion.
Demon Hunter has released a video for the song Cut To Fit, which we’ve been Blasting for a little over a year. It is found on the War album: https://youtu.be/CKUN48QWL1U #DemonHunter
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.
Colin Cruz…Program Director of TheBlast.FM
Update: our final Twitter poll results:
Here is the lyric video for Demon Hunter’s first official radio release off of the War and Peace albums. From the Peace album…More Than Bones:
Since when does the Deluxe Edition of a CD come out on the album’s original release date? Since March 31, 2017, that’s when…Demon Hunter’s Outlive album comes out…and the Deluxe edition will include a 28-inch fold-out poster, a 28-page large format booklet with lyric explanations from lead singer Ryan Clark, a DVD featuring the Outlive documentary and a music video for the song “Died In My Sleep”, an Outlive bandanna, a 5-piece art card printed with metallic gold ink on black stock, a certificate of authenticity signed by the band, an Outlive commemorative ring in a white satin bag, and a 10 by 6 drawer style box with metallic gold foil.
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