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Alive in You is the new album from 7eventh Time Down, a Christian southern rock/pop group from Kentucky. 7eventh Time Down is reminiscent of bands like Kutless, Jeremy Camp and Decyfer Down. Bandmembers are lifelong friends Mikey Howard, lead vocals, Eric VanZant, lead guitar, Cliff Williams, bass, and Austin Miller, drums. This is their first album with BEC Recordings.

The title track, Alive in You, is a catchy song about having a sacrificial attitude about living for Christ. What About Tonight, a driving song with a rhythmic bass line, calls us to passionately serve others.

The album picks up energy with Love Parade and Jesus Machine. Jesus Machine, easily danceable with fun lyrics, evokes sounds of Seventh Day Slumber.

The pace slows with Worship Jesus and Rusty Nails. Worship Jesus is a sincere praise song acknowledging Christ as Lord, while Rusty Nails recognizes his great sacrifice for all.

Alive in You demonstrates the range, strength and vitality of this band. As it continues to grow and mature, 7eventh Time Down will continue to carve out its own niche in the Christian music scene.

Favorite Tracks:
What About Tonight
Worship Jesus

★★★★☆

Bread of Stone: Saturate

Bread of Stone recently released its third album, Saturate. Bread of Stone is a pop/rock band from Sioux City, Iowa. Band mates consists of two brothers, Ben and Bill Kristijanto, and Tim Barnes and Wesley Holt.

Saturate is an eclectic blend of melodic pop and progressive rock structured with heart-warming choruses in the vein of Tenth Avenue North and Casting Crowns. It was produced by Grammy award winner Tedd T. and Lynn Nichols. The album demonstrates a clear evolution from the band’s two previous releases, Letting Go and Broken Vessels.

Throughout the 5-song album, Ben Kristijanto’s voice reveals a pleasant and passionate quality. Harmonies are rich and add distinction to the band’s style.

Saturate was inspired through the band’s experiences serving the poor in Indonesia. The lyrics illustrate the band’s compassion for the disenfranchised and needy, especially in songs like Beautiful and Saturate. Bread of Stone’s intent is to share what God is doing with the band and in poor countries around the world.

Favorite tracks:
It’s Time to Live
Saturate

★★★★☆

Blood and Water: In Character

The release of Blood and Water, In Character, is a catchy, high-energy collection of fun summer tunes that will certainly cement the band’s mark on the Christian music industry.
Blood and Water is a foursome comprised of two brothers, Brad Hagmann (guitars, vocals) and Matt Hagmann (vocals, bass), along with Jason Barnes (drums) and Matt Trettin (guitar). They hail from Fremont, California, a city on the east bay of San Francisco.

Blood and Water is a blend of Punk and Ska, with influences from bands such as OC Supertones, the W’s, Weezer, and Five Iron Frenzy. In Character was skillfully engineered with dove-award winning Masaki Liu, who also produced bands such as the W’s and Five Iron Frenzy.

As the sophomoric release of Blood Water, In Character reveals a more refined, funky sound than their self-titled debut album. Artistically, In Character shows a growing artistic sophistication, yet it is pleasantly light and danceable.

The album showcases an eclectic mix of styles. Perhaps my favorite song is “McGee and Me”, which features springy guitar riffs and driving drum grooves. Songs like “Hear Me Out”, “Sinking”, and “Gakou” emulate the crunching guitar sounds of Weezer, and demonstrate tight harmonies and sing-along choruses. The band chooses a slower, acoustical pace with “Weighed and Measured”, “40342”, and “Interstate”.

With a collection of songs that get stuck in your head after repeated spins, In Character is one of those albums that will be enjoyed for a long time.

★★★★★

Favorite Tracks:
Sleep it off
McGee and Me
Sinking

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