Be as loud as you want, something inside us won’t be silenced…
(New York, NY – May 30, 2019) By Jeffrey Bruno – Don’t judge me, but I love heavy metal music. In fact, I spent the first half of my adult life completely immersed in the genre; playing, writing and producing it. It has a certain guttural power that other forms of music lack, and there’s something deeply visceral and rebellious that is at its heart. All I know is that I love it.
So when I reverted to the Catholic faith and I began to seek out that relationship of all relationships with Jesus Christ, certain ‘things’ started to nag at me as my conscience became awakened. For example, ‘Man in a Box’ by Alice in Chains, once one of my very favorite songs revealed itself to be diametrically opposed to what I believed and Whom I loved. I had to scratch that one from the playlist –the first of many.
It became pretty obvious, pretty fast that there was a lot of atheism and Satanism to be had within music style I held so dear. I may have known that all along, but now it was a real problem for me. How could I square listening to these things and profess my love of God ?
I was forced to cut away a lot of dead branches as it turned out, and compromise. I was left with bands that were gently agnostic and atheistic as opposed to straight up evil. It’s a work in progress.
Which leads me to this question.
Alter Bridge — basically the remains of the band Creed but with Myles Kennedy fronting rather than the ill-fated Scott Stapp — is one of my favorite ‘compromise’ bands. I remember a few years ago, October 7, 2016 to be exact was big day in the Alt. Metal world; it was the day that they would release their long overdue 5th album, ‘The Last Hero’, and I was pretty excited about that.
A big Google search relating to them is “Is Alter Bridge a Christian Band?” I confess, I searched this myself, only to be let down big time. So why do so many people do this search? Well, it’s because of some of their lyrics, which are really ‘prayers’.