Jesus Freak wasn’t just a success for its time, but rather a revolutionary reshaping of how Christian music was written, produced, performed and perceived.
Category: Thinking Deeper
Musings on music culture and the way it interacts with activism and spirituality.
Jesus Freak: 25 Years Later
The Rock On Purpose staff (who have all been impacted by this album in some way) got together to share their thoughts about what Jesus Freak means and why it still matters so much, a quarter century later.
Heavy Metal Worship: An Introduction to James Franchise
James Franchise, a solo artist from New York, has been making a name for himself by taking worship songs and giving them a metalcore spin.
ROP Staff Reflects: Kingdom Come Festival 2020
Jessica Walker and Matt Sassano reflect on a unique year of Kingdom Come Festival in Greentown, IN.
Disciple’s The People’s Choice Livestream Showcases a Variety of Tracks
The People's Choice livestream was something different but incredibly special: it was voted on by fans.
ROP Throwback: Demon Hunter’s ‘The Triptych’
The Triptych is a pounding, seamless display of the band’s ability to masterfully craft an unforgettable metal experience. While their debut Demon Hunter and sophomore record Summer of Darkness were well done, there’s an urgency buried within The Triptych that makes it exhilarating and one of the band’s best pieces of work. 15 years later, it holds the same energy and power that it did at its release.
RED’s Declaration of Independence: An Interview with Anthony Armstrong
RED's ascent towards the release of Declaration has been a powerful one, fueled by fans and focused on re-establishing themselves as an independent entity– while remaining one of the most consistent and respected brands in their genre. The resulting album is a powerhouse, a heavy melodic masterpiece for every fighter living with skinned knuckles and [...]
Before It Gets Better: “Sober” by Seventh Day Slumber
Although addiction is a very common human experience, it's also an uncomfortable one. The process is messy, complicated, disquieting to sit with. That makes it easy to default to wrapping it up in a varnished, shined-up narrative of linear healing: "addicted" to "better." But that is simply not the process most of us live. That's why we need songs like "Sober" from Seventh Day Slumber.
Hold Onto Something Beautiful
No matter what life throws our way, this song and that moment serve to remind me that we are all beautiful in the eyes of our creator and to look for beautiful moments and things around us.
Remedy Drive: Songs of Hope, From Their Home to Yours
In the 11th issue of the Pure Rock Report, Mary Nikkel spoke with David Zach of Remedy Drive about the coronavirus crisis, social distancing, and how songs are serving as beacons of community and hope.