Artist: Bloodline Severed
Album: Letters to Decapolis
Label: Red Cord Records
Release Date: 3/13/12
I’m not normally into the more guttural side of metal, but these guys mix the growls with nice melodic lines of clean vocals and guitar solos. Topped with some very worshipful lyrics, this album is a lot more interesting than I first expected.
Artist: Becoming the Archetype
Album: Celestial Progression
Label: Solid State Records
Release Date: 4/17/12
These remixes give a little more electronic flavor to the Christian metal band, highlighting their strong use of melody, layers, and structure. It’s an interesting intersection of genres that works pretty well.
Marvin has been one of the more popular acts in the gospel genre for some time, and this album debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200. It’s not really my style, and didn’t really stand out to me from other gospel I’ve heard. It’s got a choir directed by Marvin singing upbeat tunes with confident lyrics about overcoming troubles.
This is a MuteMath/Eisley side project by married musicians Darren and Stacey King. It’s the charming melancholy of Eisley mixed with the simple folky delight of She & Him and the symphonic grandeur of Imogen Heap. It’s less energetic than MuteMath, but it doesn’t hold back King’s percussive creativity, either.