This is the third installment in a series of Christian song alternatives, bringing you Christian music that sounds just as good, if not better than, the music you’re listening to. Read the first part HERE and the second part HERE.
In general, I don’t like rock music. The power of the guitars, the vocal calisthenics of the singers, the sheer strength of the drums, and the thump your heartbeats to the bass, all combine for an experience that doesn’t soothe my 35-year-old ears.
However, there is something about Christian rock that grabs me by the collar and won’t let go. Whether it’s hearing a rock vocalist sing about God’s strength and empowerment in some hard-hitting rock anthem, or another vocalist gently crooning about grace and mercy in a tender acoustic ditty, Christian rock does have its place.
God will use and continue to use all kinds of music to bring people to an awareness of Him. Here are five heavy-hitting rock anthems by some of Christian music’s most respected rockers, all rocking out for the Rock of their salvation: Jesus Christ.
You like The Killers? Why not try Abandon’s “Feel It in Your Heart?”
Apart from that, Abandon has earned quite a reputation for dynamic live shows that spotlight quality vocals and thoughtful, introspective lyrics. The track “Hero,” off the group’s sophomore release Control, has gone on to change lives across the United States with its message of hope in Christ, but it’s the irresistible rock jam “Feel It In Your Heart” that has earned Abandon much respect from rock fans across the United States.
You like Slipknot? Why not try Demon Hunter’s “My Destiny”?
Founded and led by Ryan Clark, Demon Hunter is particularly noteworthy for its passionate desire to be identified as a Christian band since it first stepped onto the scene in 2002. Its latest release, 2012’s True Defiance, debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200 and at number two on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.
While my personal Demon Hunter release is the eerie string remix of “Driving Nails” from its 2011 release The World is a Thorn, the carrier single of True Defiance pretty much sums up Demon Hunter’s remarkable resemblance to secular heavy metal stalwarts Slipknot.
You like Paramore? Why not try Fireflight’s “Unbreakable”?
The official video for the band’s 2008 release “Unbreakable” has scored more than four million views on YouTube. Clips of the song were tied in with the TV series “Bionic Woman,” and seven weeks after the single was officially launched to Christian rock radio, Fireflight had its third number one rock single.
You like Rancid? Why not try Children 18:3’s “Cover Your Eyes”?
The group has drawn comparison to acts like Rancid or Social Distortion due to the powerful guitars and melodic vocals. “Cover Your Eyes” was one of the group’s more exciting tracks, which made the official video for the song even more highly anticipated.
The duo’s Rain’s a Comin’ album was one of the most anticipated Christian punk albums of 2008, and birthed the number singles “Lost So Long” and “Bravo.” The new album, On the Run, features “Moment to Moment,” now at number six with a bullet on Christian rock charts.
You like Sevendust? Why not try Disciple’s “Dear X (You Don’t Owe Me)”?
Disciple lead singer Kevin Young has compared the band’s music to artists like Sevendust and Stereomud, and the quality of the music certainly does meet its secular counterparts straight on. However, the lyrics do point people back to Christ, and aim to make them think about their reliance on and relationship with God. “Dear X” is a classic example of this kind of Disciple-written material.
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Ganns Deen is a child of God, husband to Caths, and father to Nathan and Nicki. He is passionate about Christian music and tapping the power of the Internet to glorify God and spread the gospel. An award-winning songwriter in his own right, Ganns serves God full time in his capacity as online content supervisor for Victory Philippines. Follow him on Twitter (@ganns) or on his Christian music-themed blog, www.gannsdeen.com.