popular 1966 poem, "Please Hear What I'm Not Saying," begs the reader, Don't be fooled by the face I wear, for I wear a mask... I tell you everything that's really nothing, and nothing of what's everything, of what's crying within me. In 2009, Thousand Foot Krutch takes a hard rock hammer to this universal matter of hidden emotions-confronting what lies beneath us and, in turn, burning off some major tension on its fifth Tooth & Nail album, Welcome to the Masquerade. Take off your masks, and let's let it all out.
After more than 15 years of playing together, Disciple doesn't just rock harder than most bands - they work harder than most of them, too. Southern Hospitality, the band's third album with INO Records, finds the Knoxville, Tenn. band using personal adversity as a catalyst to re-image the entire way that they make music. A few months before Disciple began working on Southern Hospitality, founding guitarist Brad Noah stepped down from a full-time gig with Disciple as the result of long-term health issues. He decided, however, to continue writing and recording with the band. While this sort of change may have caused lesser bands to implode, Disciple used it as a chance to explode in sound and scope.
Ivoryline has been inspired. In a pop-rock world of neon and auto-tune, it's not very often that a band has a clear vision for themselves, their music and what they represent. But Ivoryline isn't just any band. Two years ago, the band out of Tyler, TX released their Tooth & Nail debut THERE CAME A LION (2008) which opened as one of the best-selling albums from a new band in the label's history. While it can be attributed to driving guitars and catchy choruses, the success of the band's first effort can also be traced back to the passion and integrity of the songs.
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