Today’s conversation is with Sarah Freeman who, along with Stephen Christian of Anberlin, is a co-founder of Faceless International. They exist for one reason – to get you involved in the fight against human trafficking. Whether on a local, state, national or global level, Faceless International wants to empower you to make a difference. Be the change

Closing in on Anberlin’s fifth release Dark is the Way, Light is a Place pegging Anberlin is a bit of a challenge. On the one hand they are the embodiment of what hard work and dedication can do for a band that humbly began their career on Tooth & Nail. After all, Tooth & Nail is just a small independent label known more for signing talented bands but not necessarily for fostering these bands to the next level. And while they garnered a fair amount of acclaim and fans through grass roots marketing, Anberlin’s popularity continues to grow. Now with Universal Republic, they face new challenges and higher expectations that naturally follow them after the big success of New Surrender that also included the number one single, “Feel Good Drag.”

Sometimes music just takes you to places that you would never otherwise go.  Places like Paupers Field.   It only took one listen to also decide that Dylan LeBlanc’s story telling is masterful.  I don’t say it often.  But there is something special about this album and I suspect there’s something special about this kid too. 

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I first encountered The Devil Wears Prada in concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Even though they were playing under the headliner Killswitch Engage, they were the surprise of the night outperforming everyone else on stage including Killswitch. (See our review of the show here.) Before that show, I didn’t even know who they were. By the end of the night, I was declaring them that night’s winner.

If you’re a fan of Ozzy Osbourne, the chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of Zakk Wylde. Zakk had the dubious distinction of taking the guitar helm after Jake E. Lee and expected to pick up where legend Randy Rhoads left off. Little did that twenty three year old kid know that he’d one day carve out such a deep niche that people would no longer be uttering Zakk’s name after Randy’s, but along side of his. That’s quite an accomplishment for someone who helped usher in Ozzy’s most successful period in music. As a guitar player, his reputation precedes him. As a student of music, he is intensely serious about embracing it in all of its forms.

There is a saying, better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know. In the case of Slayer – what we know can be a little bit enigmatic and scary. Especially when you consider their reputation. But that’s just the devil you don’t know. If you take the time to figure them out, it’s clear that their journey has been purposeful and filled with the kind of exploration of aggression and topics that were never intended for the weak. After all, it has been a journey not without controversy. Even a simple phone call can become confrontational at times if you’re not careful.

Rob Halford is a metal icon with very few peers. If you’ve been in the music scene for even half of the time that he has been around, I think you not only earn the title Metal God, but you get to display that title without much argument from fan or foe. And although Rob Halford’s career has not been without its bumps in the roads – issues about his sexuality, the severity of his lyrical influence on impressionable youth or even his departure (and ultimately his return) from Judas Priest – it has been a storied career to say the least.

Korn is one of those bands that you either love or hate. But whether or you love or hate them one of things that cannot be argued is their longevity – Seventeen years later the boys from Bakersfield are still churning out the records and relentlessly fine tuning the music the makes them tick. If you’re a Korn fan it’s been a long journey not without its share of controversy.

Every lover of music has those moments when you check out a new band and realize that “these guys are going to be big.” Usually, nothing becomes of them and the world misses out on yet another great talent. With Mutiny Within however, it will happen – and you’ll be able to say that I told you about it.

When former Contemporary Christian Music artist, Jennifer Knapp, dropped the bomb that she was gay, it was like the shot heard around the world. Fresh off her tour with Derek Webb, I recently had the opportunity to interview Jennifer Knapp in between gigs. In her conversation with C6M, Jennifer spoke candidly about the controversy of coming out of the closet and being lambasted by the Christian media, what it was like to be the center of a controversy that grabbed national attention and finally what the future holds for her.