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the CD's/mp3's the pyromaniac says you should own

Postby the pyromaniac on Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:45 am

So I was thinking yesterday, what albums should be used to introduce a rock fan to Christian music, and I came up with my top 50 list of albums that you should own if you're a fan of all subgenres of rock and you're a Christian... This is a cross-section of some of the stuff I find noteworthy. Here they are, in no particular order:

Joy Electric *Christiansongs* (synthpop)
Joy Electric *The Otherly Opus*
Aleixa *Honeylake* (industrial, electronica, female harmonies, doom)
Newsboys *Take Me To Your Leader* (youth group rock)
TobyMac *Momentum* (rap/funk/metal/reggae/soul)
The Swirling Eddies *Zoom Daddy* (weirdness. Imagine if Alice Cooper & Weird Al Yankovic put together a ministry-focused band)
Brian Head Welch *Save Me From Myself* (metal from ex-KoRn guitarist)
Alice Cooper *Dragontown* (metal, industrial, doom)
Alice Cooper *The Last Temptation*
Alice Cooper *Brutal Planet*
Bon Voyage *Lies* (shoegazer, gloom, emo)
Blindside *Silence* (melodic Spirit-filled hardcore)
Vigilantes of Love *Blister Soul*
Vigilantes of Love *Killing Floor* (alternafolk, Americana)
Bleach *Space* (postgrunge, garage)
Audio Adrenaline *Bloom* (youth group rock)
Skillet (self-titled)
Plumb (self-titled)
Ninety Pound Wuss (self-titled)
The Walter Eugenes *Beautiful* (weirdness that I've been trying to label since 1996)
Five Iron Frenzy *Our Newest Album Ever*
Five Iron Frenzy *Upbeats & Beatdowns* (ska-core)
Blindside *About a Burning Fire* (title is pyromaniac-approved!)
Day of Fire (self-titled)
Third Day (self-titled)
Third Day *Wire*
Marcos Witt *Alegría* (praise)
Marcos Witt *Diós es Bueno*
Value Pac *Jalapeño* (punk)
Danilo Montero *Eres Todopoderoso* (praise)
Oficina G3 *Depois na Guerra* (Portuguese-language redneck metal)
The Letter Black *Hanging by a Thread*
Gretchen *In the Mean Time* (local band to me, from Bristol,TN/VA)
Mukala *Fiction*
Officer Negative *Dead to the World*
Payable on Death *Brown*
Payable on Death *The Fundamental Elements of Southtown*
Eric Champion *Transformation*
The Orange County Supertones *Adventures of the O.C. Supertones*
The Orange County Supertones *Grounded*
DC Talk *Jesus Freak*
Project86 *Drawing Black Lines*
Terry Taylor *John Wayne*
The Insyderz *Motor City Ska*
Seventh Day Slumber *Freedom From Human Regulation"
Squad Five-O *Bombs Over Broadway*
Steve Taylor & Some Band *I Predict a Clone*
Sarah Jahn *Sparkle*
Plankeye *Commonwealth*
Switchfoot *The Beautiful Letdown*

There you have it... The 50 awesomest Christian rock/praise/hardcore/ska/grind/rapcore/metal/emo albums ever, as voted on by a panel consisting of me. Get them all. Your faith will be edified and your ears will be happy!
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Re: the CD's/mp3's the pyromaniac says you should own

Postby chad_ghost on Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:25 pm

I have a few of those albums. I've really been wanting to get a Project86 album, so now I know which one to try first.
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Re: the CD's/mp3's the pyromaniac says you should own

Postby destros_elite on Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:05 pm

Yeah, Baby! A shout out to Plankeye! You are the man, Pyro! I love Plankeye but have found I am the only one within about a 100 mile radius that even knows of them! LOL
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Re: the CD's/mp3's the pyromaniac says you should own

Postby the pyromaniac on Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:33 am

@Chad, Drawing Black Lines is the first major-label release (if you call Tooth&Nail Records a major, which I don't really think it is) and it's a good starting point to understand where they're coming from. I also recommend Truthless Heroes and Songs to Burn Your Bridges By.

@Destros_Elite, welcome to the frustration that is my life. Even before Plankeye broke up people thought I was nuts and nobody'd ever heard of them, much like the vast majority of the people on my list. I did, however, get to see Plankeye live in their prime in 1997. I don't feel quite as alone with this music as I used to now. I hang with a couple of guys who are about 10-12 years younger than me who love the underground stuff, so they actually get bands like Plankeye and Project86.

I would now like to apologize to anybody who's having trouble finding this stuff. I know. It's a pain. You have to resort to Ebay for a lot of them. It's totally worth it though......
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Re: the CD's/mp3's the pyromaniac says you should own

Postby the pyromaniac on Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:34 am

@Destros_Elite, one more thing. I'm well aware that I'm the man. Thanks for noticing!
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Postby destros_elite on Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:14 pm

I was blessed to work at a Christian bookstore called Heaven and Earth in the mid/late 90s. I was able check out a lot of these groups because of this. Great times! :D
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Postby the pyromaniac on Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:14 pm

Well, upon careful reflection and much discussion with the 3 members of the panel that votes on this thing, it was unanimous among me, myself, and I that Starflyer 59's *Dial M* needs to be added to this list.
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Postby the pyromaniac on Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:16 pm

While I'm at it, Vigilantes of Love *Slow Dark Train* is a must!
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Re: the CD's/mp3's the pyromaniac says you should own

Postby the pyromaniac on Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:18 pm

Update:

I thought I'd add some stuff that I'm really digging right now:

Ninety Pound Wuss *Short Hand Operatiion* (hardcore punk, electronica)
Five Iron Frenzy *Proof That the Youth Are Revolting* (ska-core)
Dimestore Prophets *Fantastic Distraction* (postgrunge, alterna-growl)
Code of Ethics *Blaze* (electronica praise & worship)
All Together Separate *Ardent Worship* (alternapraise)
Skillet *Ardent Worship* (postgrunge praise)
Satellite Soul *Ardent Worship* (All Together Separate if the lead singer was white)
Christafari *Valley of Decision* (reggae)
Officer Negative *Dead to the World* (hardcore punk)
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Re: the CD's/mp3's the pyromaniac says you should own

Postby destros_elite on Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:32 am

My album of choice while cutting my yard last week was MxPx Slowly going the way of the Buffalo.
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Re: the CD's/mp3's the pyromaniac says you should own

Postby the pyromaniac on Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:02 pm

I like that one a lot!
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