This week, we bring you a music video from one of my favorite artists. MuteMath is the band that nobody’s heard of, but everybody’s heard of. Many years ago, one of their songs showed up as a bonus track on a WOW Hits CD, and their EP was available in Christian bookstores. Then, they ran into some record label trouble, and their first full-length CD was delayed for a long time. Warner Bros. finally got their album out there, and the rest is history.

I was introduced to them when a buddy of mine invited me to a concert of theirs back in 2006.

Since then, their first album has consistently been in my Most Played section of iTunes, and I’ve eagerly waited for their follow-up AND their next tour.

Well, their sophomore release Armistice came out a few weeks ago, and I’m going to get to see them October 20. Whether you’re already a fan, or you’re just being introduced to them, here is their newest music video: Spotlight

This song is one of my favorites off the new album. It was featured on the Twilight soundtrack, but I’ve decided that they’re awesome enough to forgive for that little mis-step.
Their new stuff is a little different from their first album, but then again, I’d hope that 5 years of experience would change a band’s sound. If it didn’t, I’d be worried.

If you want a taste from their first album, check out this video of their song Typical:

So, leave a comment. Whaddya think?


Forest Guard Chronicles now presents our third of three updates for the day. Thanks for being patient while we try to catch up from our few days off.

Music Mondays is our chance as the bloggers to share music with you guys as the readers. This week, Phen and I were talking about what band to feature, and it turned out that we had both been thinking about putting up Thousand Foot Krutch this week. Not only is TFK one of those bands with an established reputation in the Christian rock genre, but they’ve also got a brand new album coming out tomorrow called Welcome to the Masquerade. This song, “Fire it Up”, was featured in previews and commercials for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Check it out below:

If you like what you hear, go out and buy it tomorrow (or stay in and download if you prefer).

Grace and Peace.


This week for Music Mondays, we have a video from one of Ted Dekker’s favorite artists, Muse.

Fans who were at this year’s Gathering even saw Muse’s Black Holes & Revelations on sale right alongside Ted’s books and merchandise.  Muse’s music is critically acclaimed and has become even more popular as “Knights of Cydonia” was featured in Guitar Hero 3 and “Take a Bow” played prominently in trailers for Watchmen last year.  Also, some mildly popular teen vampire movie included “Supermassive Black Hole” on their soundtrack, garnering the band even more fans. 

This band has also quickly become one of my favorites.  Their unique genre-bending sound captivates me from the first track to the end.  For me, it’s become great “productivity music” as I write papers and read.  This song is “Invincible” from their Black Holes & Revelations.  Enjoy.

Muse has a brand-new album coming out soon.  The Resistance hits stores on September 15. 

Let me know what you think.  Do you agree with Ted’s taste in music?

Awake by Skillet
Awake – Skillet

Skillet?  Funny name for a band.  That’s what most people say when they first hear about this rock group that has been making music for over 12 years.  As a well-established band in the Christian rock genre, Skillet has undergone many changes in sound and members.  This album marks the first studio release with new drummer, Jen Ledger.

Fans of Skillet have waited patiently for almost 3 years for the follow-up to the wildly popular Comatose album. Awake continues along the musical trail that Skillet has been blazing.  By combining the melodic undertones from many of the Comatose hits with the slightly harder sounds of some of their earlier albums, Skillet has found a great balance.

Anyone who witnessed the phenomenal live CD/DVD that the band put out last year already knows that new member Jen Ledger has a beautiful voice, but on Awake she really has the chance to showcase just how great it sounds.  Jen is featured on “Hero” and “Awake and Alive”, two of the album’s most memorable tracks.

This is one of those albums where it’s far better to just get the whole thing rather than download select songs.  The flow from track to track is something I always look for in an album, and I prefer a well-rounded disc over a random mix of 10 “radio hits” one right after another.  This album definitely falls into the former.

Overall I give the album 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Check them out at  Their album is now available at your local music stores, Christian bookstores, and for online download.

So, this week I will be introducing a new format to the blog that hopefully will get you–the viewer–more involved. Plus, there will be a lot more content. With that said, Mondays I will be introducing all sorts of music (with amazing messages and superb quality from a variety of genres) to you, and if you have anything you’d like to see here, then just shoot me an email. (

This week’s feature is John Reuben’s new single/music video, “Jamboree”. If you haven’t heard of this artist at all, then you have no idea what you’re missing out on. Rap may not be your cup of tea, but Reuben’s tongue-in-cheek, brilliant lyrics will draw you in and enrapture you. Not only do his unique songs display a deeper meaning than most other stuff out on the airwaves, but it will always have your head bobbing along. John Reuben’s latest album, “Sex, Drugs, and Self-Control”, is set to release December 2009.

Leave a comment. Tell me what you think about “Jamboree”!


The son of a Christian Death Metal Record Label owner , John Reuben was raised in a trailer park on a farm that doubled as a church/outreach program for troubled youth. John spent his formative years writing poetry, daydreaming, and turning a profit with his older brother on their baseball card collection. All of this played into his love for hip-hop and an entrepreneurial spirit that prompted him to leave High School early to foucs on his musical pursuits. By the age of 18 he had started his own Indie Label, and released several ep’s recorded by himself and other artists. He also ran a Hip-Hop night with his brother at a local club on Ohio State campus. Just before his 19th birthday, John packed up his recording gear and moved to Hollywood where he survived by doing extra work for movies and television. If you look close enough you can see him appearing in such classics as “Rocky and Bullwinkle”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” “Melrose Place” and “Clueless”. After recieving interest from a handful of lables, John returned home and signed a deal with Gotee Records. Since then he has released 4 albums selling over two hundred thoundand records, toured the world, got married, and linked back up with his brother to produce comedy shorts, including a mocumentary “The Professional Rapper”. In 2007 John Reuben will release his fifth and most focused effort to date, “Word of Mouth” produced by Joe Baldridge (Beck,Family Force 5). As a side note john reuben did return to school to get his G.E.D and does not condone dropping out.