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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.

 

 

 

 

Skillet Reimagines “Save Me”

Skillet has “reimagined” their song Save Me.  It’s an EDM remix, right?!  Nope.  It’s pop.  In fact, this could make it on to Christian Adult Contemporary radio, even. Have a listen here:

New Lacey Sturm And Skillet Songs Are Blastin’

It’s been 18 months since we’ve had new music to Blast from former Flyleaf lead singer Lacey Sturm.  And she comes out screamin’ on The Decree like she did on I’m So Sick.  Sturm co-wrote The Decree with Korey Cooper of Skillet.   Speaking of Skillet, we just added a new tune from them, too:  Never Going Back.   We were far ahead of the curve in adding their current hit Save Me, as their record companies let almost half a year slip by before releasing a second Christian Rock radio single (that one) just a few weeks ago.  Both of these new songs will air during the Colin Cruz Radio Show, which is on weekdays from Noon-3 pm USA/Canada/Mexico Central Time.

There Is Now A Skillet Video Game

You know you’ve hit the big time as a rock band when they make a video game about you.

A generation ago, the mainstream band Journey had a video game named after them called “Journey Escape”, for play on the Atari 2600 video game system, released in 1982.

A number of other mainstream bands have had video games themed after them in the meantime.

And as we fast forward to 2020,  the band that is on the top of the heap of Christian rock bands has a video game of their own called  “Save Me”, themed with the band’s latest rock track and music video of the same name.

In the game, John, Korey, Jen and Seth are characters that fans can select and play as.

Once a character is selected, the characters run through a maze where players are meant to avoid various aspects seen in the “Save Me” music video: the hand (callout to John’s scene), water/poison (callout to Jen’s scene), and fire (callout to John’s scene/smoking hands burning his eyes), which will be floating around chasing them; similar to the ghosts in Pac Man.

If you want to give the game a try, go here:

https://skilletgame.atlanticrecords.com/

Skillet “Save Me” Video Premiers In Minutes

The video for the Skillet song “Save Me”…the song we’ve been playing for over 20 weeks, while waiting for their record companies to finally release an official 2nd Rock single from Victorious…debuts online here in a few minutes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RF9-efhHuE&eml=2020April3%2F4957414%2F6010689&etsubid=39309116

Skillet Album “Victorious” Drops August 2; New Music Is #NowBlasting on TheBlast.FM

Skillet announces that their next album called Victorious hits the streets on August 2, 2019.   Lead singer John Cooper says he and his and bandmate Korey Cooper produced most of the record themselves…a band first.  John says they wanted to put out an album with a lot of emotion in it…one that makes you want to pump your fist in the air at a concert.  One of the first radio releases “Legendary”…which is already Blasting on TheBlast.FM…is about this:  John says people had been warning him for years that “Skillet needs to stop talking about its faith or it’ll hurt your radio airplay”.  John said “No, we’re not going to do that.” They kept on talking and singing about Jesus Christ!  (Skillet’s first mainstream radio release, Savior, back in 2003, was shunned by most mainstream Rock/Active rock/Alternative radio programmers…probably because the lyrics made them nervous and/or they were afraid to play a song with such bold Christian lyrics on a secular rock radio format).  But Skillet’s secular star rose, nonetheless, and all these years later, Skillet is still standing.  John says “Legendary” deals with that very topic.

-Written by Colin Cruz of TheBlast.FM

Big Skillet Announcement And New Music Preview

Skillet Has A Big Announcement To Make…Next Week.

But…they do have a sample of their new music up NOW:

https://twitter.com/TheBlastFM/status/1124348572634419200