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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.

 

 

 

 

Disciple Interview Wednesday, 1 PM USA/Canada Central Time on TheBlast.FM

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 in the 1 PM hour (USA/Canadian/Mexican Central Time)…Colin Cruz interviews Disciple lead singer Kevin Young about Love Letter Lockdown, covid, and their current Blast hit, “Chemical Wisdom”.  Listen in on:  https://TheBlast.FM

Collabs And Band Member-Sharing At Kingdom Come Festival

Amongst The Giants lead singer Brian Boyd

Collaborations and band member-sharing.  There is a whole lot of both happening these days in Christian Rock, and a lot of it happened at the Kingdom Come Festival this month.  Matt Baird showed up on stage to do It’s OK with Death Therapy; Marco Pera (of Amongst The Giants) played bass for Disciple; Chaotic Resemblance’s drummer John Jakway banged the skins in an emergency for Spoken; and any time you have multiple Rockfest Records bands present, the Rockfest fam comes together.  Here is a snippet of  Amongst The Giants in concert, with help from Zahna and The Persuaded:  https://www.facebook.com/TheBlastFM/videos/732599020904851/

 

Disciple Rocked The Stage Saturday Night At Kingdom Come

Disciple put on another amazing show, as they were the headliner Saturday night at the Kingdom Come Festival near Greentown, Indiana.  There was an equipment malfunction early in the show, within the first 2 or 3 songs.  Undaunted, lead singer Kevin Young did his ministry talk early in the show and encouraged people to stop being “hating keyboard warriors” online.   He also revealed that the whole band works out together, and that as he is filling time, he is sharing things he doesn’t normally share with the audience.   He also mentioned that they haven’t played a live show in person “Since October.  That was another great band,” Kevin Young said.  “Yes, it was!” our own Colin Cruz blurted out loudly without hesitation (man do we miss that band…yep, we still play them).  Once the gear was back in working order, Disciple blasted through songs old and new  Invisible, Dear X, Dead Militia, Cuff The Criminal, Panic Room were among those…as was their recently arranged medley of old Disciple hits.   Here is the video of them performing Radical (you’ll see Marco Pera of Amongst The Giants playing bass…he does that for them whenever possible):  https://www.facebook.com/TheBlastFM/videos/1393926340997759/

 

Indiana’s Kingdom Come Festival Fri/Sat July 10/11 Includes 14 Blast Bands

Kingdom Come Festival is quickly approaching.  It happens in northeast Indiana near the town of Greentown (in the Kokomo area).

Here is the address:  8313 E 400 S, Greentown, Indiana 46936

 

 

 

 

Kingdom Come Festival Is Still On As Indiana Will Stay Open! July 10-11

Kingdom Come Festival is STILL on for Friday and Saturday July 10th and 11th.  Random Hero cannot be at the new date, but Amongst The Giants has been added to the bill in their place!

The Kingdom Come Festival happens near Kokomo,, Indiana.  Blast bands include:  Disciple, Spoken, The Protest, Set For The Fall, Seventh Day Slumber, Death Therapy, Gold Frankincense and Myrrh, Amongst The Giants, Zahna, Chaotic Resemblance, Danger Scene, Poetic Descent. 

Kingdom Come Festival 2020 Is On! New Dates: July 10th And 11th

Kingdom Come Festival IS going to happen in 2020.  Due to Indiana’s current Covid-19 restrictions, the festival cannot happen on the originally scheduled dates in June.

A new set of dates has been worked out with the venue and the bands, and it is Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11.

The Blast bands include Disciple, Spoken, Seventh Day Slumber, Random Hero, Gold Frankincense and Myrrh, The Protest, Chaotic Resemblance, Set For The Fall, Death Therapy, Zahna,  The Persuaded, Relentless Flood, Danger Scene, and Poetic Descent.  There will also be bands we play on The Implosion and The Blast Blender that will be there.

This free festival is located at the Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization’s “Healing Fields”
8.5 miles east of Kokomo, Indiana on State Road 26.

Disciple Talks To The Blast’s Colin Cruz This Week

Leas singer Kevin Young and drummer Joey West from Disciple talk to Colin Cruz on his radio show this week, Tuesday through Thursday on TheBlast.FM.  The Colin Cruz radio show runs from Noon to 3 pm USA/Canadian Central Time.

Disciple Lyric Video For Their New Radio Single Panic Room

Disciple’s new official radio single Panic Room (featuring Project 86 lead singer Andrew Schwab) has a new lyric video on the interwebs.  To watch it, go here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1B3vdlw6Y0&fbclid=IwAR0Kn9FoJl0j_kJKDZlluLkMf-_9KaLxjZtFtG2SGMb5uW9wv6SOLVODMLg