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War of Ages are releasing a new full length album on December 8. The band's 7th studio album is titled Alpha and, in keeping with the rest of the War of Ages cannon, boasts powerful cover art by Illustrator Dave Quiggle...
Source: Facedown Records
Solid State Records announced the signing of Los Angeles-based metalcore group Phinehas on their Facebook page. The announcement read "We are so STOKED to welcome Phinehas to the Solid State Records family. New album soon!"
Source: New Release Today
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE are premiering the first single from their new album, Vicious World, out this fall...
Source: Alternative Press
This is a monthly article where we get to know those from the Christian music industry a little bit better. We find out what is going on in the lives of your favorite musicians, writers, artists, and more...
In this month's article, we caught up with Ben Stewart from "Conspiracy Of Thought" and got a little personal...
Who was your biggest hero growing up?
Ben Stewart: Okay! Growing up I had two big heroes; Batman & Jesus. Where Batman is concerned I was enamored with the idea of getting to wearing a costume in public, righting wrongs, and seeing justice done. He looked awesome, was always there to save the day, and kicked butt. It's was the geek in me. [Full disclaimer: I pretty much still love Batman, and bonus, I get to wear a costume to work now!] When I got to the summer after my sophomore year of high school Jesus became my new super hero. And I know it's cliché, but as a lover of heroes, fighting for the underdog, and seeing justice done, Jesus was awesome! It also didn't hurt that in all the pictures I saw he had a scruffy beard, hippy-long hair, and walked around in sandals helping people all day long. This dude was hip!
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Ben Stewart: Apart from creating music I love to read! Science-fiction, fantasy, sociopolitical theory, and the bible. Reading is tops!!!! My wife and I love to travel. Seeing new places, new cultures, and meeting new people. The more we see of the world the more we realize the profound truth in Genesis 1:27. We are, all of us, made in the image of God. Every smile, every tear, every embrace a picture of the creator.
Where is the coolest place you have ever been to?
Ben Stewart: Hiroshima, Japan. My wife and I went there with some beloved Japanese friends. Standing in front of the memorial to the atomic epicenter my wife kneeled down in front of our little 9 year old Japanese niece/friend and asked, "Do you understand what happened here?" The little girl said, "Yes. America did it." Tearfully my wife said, "Can you ever forgive us?" The little girl took my wife's hand and says, "Okay!" and walks away with here, hand in hand. It was the most powerful moment of grace I've ever seen. To be there, at both the best and worst place on Earth; Where the most destructive event in human history occurred, and being forgiven by the people it was enacted upon.
When did you first become a Christian?
Ben Stewart: It was at Hume Lake Christian camp the summer after my sophomore year of high school. I'm dyslexic, and as a result I had a pretty rough elementary and middle school experience. My grades were always a hard fought battle. I was picked on at school for being a freak that couldn't read correctly, and I was a geek to boot. I was pretty upset with God in general for making me this way. Why did I have to suffer just because God made a mistake in my DNA? But that summer in high school I had a "come to Jesus" moment, literally! I realized that my suffering was insignificant to the weight Jesus carried on his shoulders, to the cross, and that my sin was part of that load. After that moment my focus shifted, and I started being more concerned with the suffering of other, and how, like Jesus, I could help them. Best moment of my life.
Why do you enjoy the fall season?
Ben Stewart: The fall is my FAVORITE season of the year! I live in Southern California. It's practically a desert, up to 115 degrees in the summer. In the fall the weather starts to change, and it gets cooler. The clouds roll in, the neighborhood gets quiet, and I (for some reason) am the most productive in my music writing in the fall. We're usually finishing out an album or video, and art is at the center. It's the greatest!
How do you spend your quiet time?
Ben Stewart: In my home there's a room that we call The Church Room. It's got a funky vaulted ceiling, and windows all around. I like to sit in there in the morning and spend some time praying, reading, and being quiet. Not much time, and not every day, but it's where I focus best. The busier we get the harder it is to carve out that essential piece of silent contemplation. I also use my morning exercise as a time to pray. That happens daily.