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Dove Award winning
is a staple in the Christian hard rock scene. Known for it's
unique blend of faith with intense yet accessible music, the
band has forged a deeply connected fan base along the way.
After a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, the band
released its 13th studio album,
"Long Live The Rebels"
in partnership with Tooth & Nail / BEC Recordings.
explains the heart behind the album, "In the body of Christ
every part is important, and every part is powerful. Music
is one of those powerful forces that God uses to change the
world, one life at a time. When we started Disciple we
wanted to play music that would impact people's lives, and
that mission has never been stronger than it is today. And
while the world goes their way, we are the rebels who will
walk the other way. We want to be the rebels who will change
Just two short years ago, the band experienced a rebirth with a new
line-up and a new commitment to its craft. Calling
themselves "Disciple 3.0", Young,
(rhythm guitar) and
(drums) chose to step away from the label system and chart
their own course as independent artists.
the making of
"Long Live The Rebels,"
Disciple took another leap of faith, appealing once again to
their fans via Kickstarter to fund the album. In just six
days, the fans fulfilled the campaign goal to create
"Long Live The Rebels,"
ultimately committing nearly $130,000 to back the project,
more than 200% of the initial goal.
outpouring allowed the band to enlist the production talents
Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Thousand Foot Krutch, Jeremy
who immediately felt like a fifth member of the band.
"This album came from a great place. Obviously were are
overwhelmed by the support of our fans and what that has enabled
us to do. From day one, we were all very comfortable in the
studio, and Aaron helped us take good songs and turn them into
great songs," Young explains. "A great producer is like a coach
who helps get the best out of each person.
"Long Live The Rebels"
has a fresh, new feel and well represents who we are as a band."
Fan support also enabled the band to prepare a substantial release team
for the album, partnering with Tooth & Nail Records / BEC
Recordings for radio, marketing, and distribution support.
"God Is With Us"
hit radio in October, 2016, and the track exemplifies
the band's focus: reminding listeners of their worth and sharing
the promise that the words of others cannot stand against the
truths of God.
"Worth is what people are willing to pay for
something,' states Young. 'We are so valuable to God that he
paid for us with his Son. Because of this, the words of others
have no power. God bought me and I know what I'm worth to him."
By Mary Nikkel, New Release Today
For Disciple, "Long Live The Rebels" is more than just
the title of their current album: it's a mission statement, a
carefully encapsulated ideal, that has shaped and driven the band's
trajectory since Kevin Young formed it well over 20 years
ago. Part of that ethos involves reinventing the norm--even when it
means challenging their own internal status quo.
One of the things that made Disciple's 2014 album "Attack" so
strong was that, even following a massive lineup shift and a
transition to independence, it was still exactly the kind of album
that Disciple fans would hope for and expect. What makes "Long
Live the Rebels" excel is in many ways the opposite: the band
takes the listener offroading into uncharted sonic territory,
embracing the unexpected both musically and thematically without
ever losing touch with their core identity. For the first time,
Disciple turned to veteran producer Aaron Sprinkle to help
hone that direction, and the result is one of the strongest rock
outings of the year.
This is immediately evident on album opener "First Love," which
begins with an otherworldly, haunting intro before diving into a
desperate plea: "take me back to the moment we were so close that
our hearts would beat as one." A cleanly executed solo also serves
to introduce guitar textures that push the boundaries of past
Disciple albums, proving guitarists Andrew Stanton and
Josiah Prince have fully come into their own. Several other
solos on the album reiterate this, with guitar tones ranging from
full-bodied and gritty to soaring and sharp.
One of the most clear forays into new territory occurs on "Come My
Way." Disciple carefully layers guitars, a steady percussive bed
from Joey West, electronic elements and Kevin Young's
signature unbridled vocals with some strong backing from Josiah
Prince to create a textured, brooding musical masterpiece. The song
is a conversation with the enemy of our souls, captured in lyrics
that are equal parts beautiful and chilling: "There's no hiding from
the whispering that's like screaming in my ears / there is no
shelter from this offer when the only question I can hear is 'are
you gonna come my way?' / Yesterday I might have said yes, but not
"Secret Weapon" carries a similar dynamic to "Come My Way"
with its diverse musical textures and hint of electronic
programming, but with an extra dose of adrenaline. Album closer
"Empty Grave" upends expectations all over again, serving as a
hard-rock-meets-southern-gospel hymn. Backed by seamlessly
interwoven guest vocals by Joyce Martin Sanders of The
Martins, Kevin Young channels all of his southern roots into the
gospel-centric chorus: "I was so empty the day that You found me /
kneeling at Your cross I find a place that I can find new life / You
resurrect me, leaving an empty grave."
It's noteworthy that Disciple has managed to explore new ground in a way
that is such a graceful progression from their past work that it
will still feel instantly familiar to fans. Title track "Long
Live the Rebels" is firmly rooted stylistically in classic
Disciple tones, as is the raucous anthem "Underdog Fight Song."
The passionate expression of the love of God, a hallmark for
Disciple, is expressed in a new way on "Erase," a tender
promise from God to "erase your yesterday." "Spirit Fire" is
another song that pulls heavily from the sound of albums past while
lyrically centering heavily on the Holy Spirit--a topic rarely
addressed so frankly in Christian music.
Although Disciple's signature absolute allegiance to the gospel of Jesus
Christ remains integral, this album's themes are more complex,
subtler and often significantly darker than those on "Attack"
or even "O God Save Us All." "Spinning" captures the
questions that arise from living in the tension of redemption and
tragedy on both a personal and a global level, finally confessing "I
don't know if I can handle Your answers to the questions I have
inside my heart." Disciple has always soundtracked the road walked
by those following Christ. "Long Live the Rebels" captures
the full range of that experience better perhaps than any Disciple
album yet, acknowledging that the life of a Christian choosing to
step in the footsteps of Jesus rather than following the mass
consensus of the world will frequently be lonely, difficult and
painful--but ultimately, completely worth it. As "God Is With Us"
summarizes beautifully, "the strongest darkness can't contend with
where my help comes from / Their words cannot stand against us / for
God is with us, God is with us."
The Bottom Line: Even beyond the context of Disciple's broader
discography and the reality that this could easily be named their
strongest album yet, "Long Live The Rebels" features songs
unlike anything any other band is currently creating. Their
masterful use of an array of guitar sounds, subtle touches of
electronic elements, unchecked vocal passion and raw,
redemption-rooted lyrics prove Disciple is still one of the best in
the hard rock business. Their songs continue to voice vital battle
cries for their fellow spiritual rebels.
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After a quickly successful crowdfunding campaign, Christian metal veterans Disciple return with their 2016 release for Tooth & Nail Records. "Long Live The Rebels" packs the band's trademark energy and hard rock anthems on "Erase," "Secret Weapon," "Underdog Fight Song," and more.
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Knoxville, TN hard rockers
offer this high-octane collection of the biggest hits from their
breakout years. After over a decade of toil in the Christian metal
scene, the group crashed into the mainstream with the hit single
"The Wait Is Over,"
from their 2004 self-titled release. The
Best Of: Disciple, 2005-2013 features
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2014 release "Attack,"
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Brought to life with a crowdfunded campaign, the tenth full length
from Christian rock veterans
blends power and polish on twelve muscular original tunes. Attack includes
the hit single
"Dead Militia," "Angels & Demons,"
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