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  1. awakeohsleeper replied to the thread Album Sigrid - Sucker Punch (March 8, 2019).

    I am with you. My wife and I took a drive yesterday with this blasting out. Perfect in the sunshine.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:40 PM
  2. awakeohsleeper liked waking season's post in the thread Album Sigrid - Sucker Punch (March 8, 2019).

    I still come back to this regularly and it’s still wonderful. One of my favorite pop albums ever at this point tbh

    May 26, 2020 at 9:39 PM
  3. awakeohsleeper liked paperlung's post in the thread Band Underoath.

    also having watched a few of these i can't imagine how hard it would be to write music with tim lol. he's a genius, but man watching him try to communicate his ideas just mouthing the parts out seems impossible to me.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:38 PM
  4. awakeohsleeper liked justin.'s post in the thread Genre The Christian Music Thread.

    The entire evangelical community is hard for anyone asking questions. You’re not allowed to build from doubts you may have. You’re ridiculed and the feeling of being an outcast only eats away at anyone who is hanging on by a string of faith. People coming out as no longer believing in God is something that will always happen when they are not given a positive environment to explore what it means to believe in God. It’s not the cake walk that many evangelical camps try to make it out to be. There will be exhausting days or weeks when you ask yourself why you believe and for what purpose, you’ll have to go against your own doubts about yourself, and the hardest part is accepting that there are answers you just won’t know to questions you may personally find to be incredibly important.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:36 PM
  5. awakeohsleeper liked SmashRipsaw's post in the thread Genre The Christian Music Thread.

    I think the problem is that so many people grow up in churches that don't allow their members to question anything, leaving them at risk of losing their social structure if they go against the status quo. This often leads to a spiritual deadening, and an eventual loss of faith when people get older and learn more about things for themselves. When what you have been told to believe as fact (dogma, basically) no longer lines up with your changing views of the world, this leads to all sorts of cognitive dissonance. I think a common response is to just throw the entire religion out the window. I'm not necessarily saying that's what the guy from Hawk Nelson did, as he has clearly thought about this quite a bit, but it seems to be a common occurrence. I respect his decision, but at the same time I am saddened by the fact that he has given up his faith entirely and doesn't seem to want to pursue things any further. Often the problem with Christianity isn't the faith itself, but the Christians. If more churches allowed their members to openly question and search for answers without risking being ostracized, I think the Church, on the whole, would be much healthier.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:36 PM
  6. awakeohsleeper liked Tim's post in the thread Genre The Christian Music Thread.

    I feel like a lot of Christians are gonna take this in a "you shouldn't pull on the sweater" kinda way, instead of a "maybe your sweater is a cheap knockoff & you need one that doesn't suck kinda way." Which, to be clear, I'm saying that to the culture, not to this individual. People responding to stories like this by analyzing the person instead of the system are the worse. I'm just thinking of some of the ridiculous condescending comments I saw when the Rhett & Link thing was trending, about how deconstruction is bad and/or how these people hadn't taken their personal faith seriously enough. Maybe instead, what we need is some kinda macro scale deconstruction of the system & culture itself? Even in healthy, robust, nuanced faith communities w/ genuine Holy Spirit presence, certain people will opt out. That's just how these things work. But, if you offer something real, if you have something real, then you end up w/ people saying that your faith community isn't for them, not that it's based on emptiness.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:35 PM
  7. awakeohsleeper liked SmashRipsaw's post in the thread Genre The Christian Music Thread.

    This seems to be a common trend among artists who grew up in the Christian music scene, and another byproduct of growing up in an overly rigid religious environment. That said, I've had all of the same thoughts that he has, so I can understand where he's coming from.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:35 PM
  8. awakeohsleeper replied to the thread Band Anberlin.

    Agree with @Lucas27. Yeah, I wouldn’t judge the chart positions as a reflection of popularity at the time. NTFP and particularly Cities were revered in this scene as they were released at the time. Doesn’t mean they sold the most. ‘Feel Good Drag’ as the New Surrender single elevated their reach to a wider audience, which could be why they seem to have higher chart positions later. But I obviously don’t dispute that you prefer the post-T&N era. It’s such an extensive back catalogue that there is something for everything. Glad you like NS - a great album.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:34 PM
  9. awakeohsleeper liked contra11mundum's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    There isn’t a song on Lowborn I don’t at least like. Most of them I love. It’s aged very nicely for me.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:28 PM
  10. awakeohsleeper liked Matt Metzler's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    Lowborn was everything I wanted from them when it came out. I definitely hope they get weirder with this new album instead of veering back toward their “normal” sound.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:28 PM
  11. awakeohsleeper liked Lucas27's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    I also love seeing Dark and Lowborn getting praised. They fall into that middle ground where they're not usually as revered as Cities, NTFP, and Vital, but they're not considered "lower-tier" as often as NS or Blueprints. I think I've said this a hundred times in here, but I think Lowborn is a masterpiece. I would have been more than happy for them to end on that note. The fact that we're getting another record is amazing, but I hope fans start to give Lowborn its fair share of praise in retrospect. I think it felt too unconventional for some at the time, but maybe it'll be looked back on more fondly if we get another "normal" Anberlin record.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:28 PM
  12. awakeohsleeper liked contra11mundum's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    Was thinking about Anberlin and Acceptance going on tour together both supporting new albums. Granted, if Christian was willing to pull double duty and if touring is ever a thing again. A man can dream.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:27 PM
  13. awakeohsleeper liked thedrudo's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    Dark is pretty underrated IMO. It’s one I listen to A LOT.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:27 PM
  14. awakeohsleeper liked Petit nain des Îles's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    What they were doing on Velvet Covered Brick and Stranger Ways, I need more of it.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:27 PM
  15. awakeohsleeper liked azzy01's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    I'm really excited to see where they go on this album. I feel like they were really getting into the groove of experimenting more with their sound on Devotion and Lowborn, so it would be interesting to see if they continue on that sort of electronic/ ethereal tinged rock sound or if they'll head in a new direction. Lowborn has some of my favourite sounding songs from them, especially Stranger Ways. I also think Lowborn has some of their best songwriting, probably only bested by Dark.

    May 26, 2020 at 9:27 PM
  16. awakeohsleeper liked SpyKi's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    Vital was mostly big for me because I really disliked Dark and wasn't a huge fan of NS so it was a big comeback album for me. Still doesn't really stack up against NTFP or Cities but I think it's very good.

    May 26, 2020 at 1:19 AM
  17. awakeohsleeper replied to the thread Band Anberlin.

    I consider Vital on par with Cities, with Lowborn and DITW just below them. NTFP and New Surrender are brilliant and then Blueprints is kind of a classic debut that I don't really need to listen to because everything else is far superior. I think at this point Stranger Ways, Dismantle.Repair and (*fin) are my favourite songs.

    May 26, 2020 at 1:19 AM
  18. awakeohsleeper replied to the thread Genre The Christian Music Thread.

    [MEDIA] [MEDIA]

    May 26, 2020 at 1:16 AM
  19. awakeohsleeper liked Mary V's post in the thread World UK and Europe.

    My partner lives in Hull. He goes to work every day as he’s an essential worker. He hasn’t seen his family in months — both his sisters are immunocompromised; his elderly grandmother is staying with his mum so he’s staying away, and he just might have a socially-distanced lunch with his dad during his lunch break this week. He hasn’t seen his friends for ages, either. It’s devastating, it was bad enough when it hit us that his trip to Melbourne this month was no longer a possibility. He’s doing all the right things, and hurting like every other decent person is right now. To see this clown openly hold contempt for the British people — gaslighting the entire nation, rewriting rules for the few — is disgraceful. Fuck off, gaslighting conservative governments.

    May 26, 2020 at 1:14 AM
  20. awakeohsleeper liked Tim's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    DITW,LIAP rules. Super under appreciated, imo.

    May 25, 2020 at 10:37 PM
  21. awakeohsleeper liked Michael Belt's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    looking back at Lowborn now, i think they were on the verge of something great with their sound. Vital is my favorite album of theirs, and the bonus tracks on Devotion were a precursor to some of what happened on that album. Lowborn wasn't perfect, but it was too notch with it's experimentation. if they made an album with that kind of experimentation, the energy and songwriting of Vital, and the maturity of DITW, it could be their best album to date.

    May 25, 2020 at 10:36 PM
  22. awakeohsleeper liked Tim's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    Lowborn goes head-to-head w/ Cities for my favorite Anberlin album. Hope they put out some more songs that feel like "Stranger Ways" & "Armageddon."

    May 25, 2020 at 10:36 PM
  23. awakeohsleeper replied to the thread Album Foxing - Nearer My God (August 10, 2018).

    I still prefer their second album so I guess my answer is no? Ha.

    May 25, 2020 at 10:35 PM
  24. awakeohsleeper replied to the thread World UK and Europe.

    “Hmm, my eyesight seems bad at the moment, I know what will help! I’m going to test it by getting in a car and driving 30 miles with my wife and young son that I so desire to protect... that’s the safest thing to do.” I mean, come on! Is there any word of confirmation that it was his wife’s birthday that day or is that an unhelpful rumour?

    May 25, 2020 at 10:33 PM
  25. awakeohsleeper liked AFoolsGlory's post in the thread World UK and Europe.

    An unelected advisor is going to be giving an address to the nation. This is absolutely unprecedented. I'm genuinely speechless. If he makes it through this, our democracy will be unrecognisable come the next election. I'm not one to say that willy nilly either. It just proves that some people in our country are above the law. Once that's accepted, it's very hard to go back.

    May 25, 2020 at 10:30 PM
  26. awakeohsleeper liked Lucas27's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    I haven't seen it yet, but about to watch it, which means... You guys have just revealed news that has MADE MY YEAR. OH MY GOODNESS OH MY GOODNESS.

    May 24, 2020 at 11:08 PM
  27. awakeohsleeper liked Groogz's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    This show is awesome and that announcement brought my enjoyment to a whole other level! I can't wait for new music!

    May 24, 2020 at 11:08 PM
  28. awakeohsleeper liked contra11mundum's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    This is one of the best quality streams I’ve seen during quarantine btw. Audio sounds great.

    May 24, 2020 at 11:08 PM
  29. awakeohsleeper liked contra11mundum's post in the thread Band Anberlin.

    Stephen just announced that they are writing a new record. So. Um. FUCK YES

    May 24, 2020 at 11:08 PM
  30. awakeohsleeper liked Philll's post in the thread World UK and Europe.

    This whole thing has me fuming honestly. On Thursday I had to stay at home while my daughter was rushed to hospital in an ambulance, because I was following the rules. Fuck every last one of these pricks and the slavering sycophants who let them get away with it.

    May 24, 2020 at 11:05 PM
  31. awakeohsleeper liked Philll's post in the thread World UK and Europe.

    Like my wife said to me yesterday, they could have easily come out saying "yes, Cummings had a lapse in judgement, it's unfortunate but we all make mistakes, he won't be fired". Wouldn't go down well, but it's sellable. The fact that they're instead choosing to entirely dismantle public trust, revising guidelines on the fly to accommodate him, it's insane behaviour.

    May 24, 2020 at 11:05 PM
  32. awakeohsleeper liked AFoolsGlory's post in the thread World UK and Europe.

    Honestly, I don't think No. 10 could have handled this any worse. If they'd come out as soon as the story broke owning up to it, saying he'd made a mistake but was just trying to do the best for his family, that he'd be disciplined but the PM is standing by him, this story would have died yesterday afternoon. As it is, you've got ministers dismantling the lockdown on twitter, Shapps claiming the Government never actually stated where people should isolate thus it was okay (despite the message at the time being "Stay Home"), Boris running scared, Tory MPs coming out calling for Cummings resignation. Absolute omnishambles from top to bottom.

    May 24, 2020 at 11:04 PM
  33. awakeohsleeper liked Philll's post in the thread World UK and Europe.

    Hi folks, just want to make sure we're clear of the rules here: Migrants trying to enter the UK for a better life: scum, irresponsible, vermin Dominic Cummings hightailing it to Durham: Very smart, caring father, uses common sense, bit of a hero actually. Please don't get this twisted, very important that's there's no confusion on this point.

    May 24, 2020 at 11:04 PM
  34. awakeohsleeper liked Serenity Now's post in the thread Band mewithoutYou.

    [untitled] is such a good morning listen. similar to PH appendix. Both go great with wooded trails & coffee

    May 24, 2020 at 11:04 PM
  35. awakeohsleeper liked Dinosaurs Dish's post in the thread Band mewithoutYou.

    Just did a quick look over their discography and was surprised that their total lengths of all their release is “only” about six hours total. The amount that they’ve affected my life made me assume it would be much more than that.

    May 24, 2020 at 12:52 AM