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Jayraj Weighs In on Tim Lambesis Saga

Jayraj Unka from the Underground Show has been adding his two cents to the debate raging around former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, following recent comments Tim made relating to his faith and criminal charges.

In an article written for Parachute Music entitled 'Circle Pits and Hypocrites', Jayraj urges people - particularly former fans - to suppress their judgement of a man who is in such obvious need of help.

Jayraj writes: "Yes, he has done something wrong. He will do his time for this. He needs to deal with the consequences of his actions. But let's leave it at that. Let's not judge him anymore. Don't throw away his CDs or burn your T-Shirts. That's not going to help anyone. We should be praying for him. Praying that some amazing people gather around him and help him through this tough time."

The Tim Lambesis saga will be discussed further on The Forum at 9pm this Sunday night.

Read the rest of Jayraj's article here.

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Lecrae Reveals Album Cover for 'Anomaly'

Christian rap sensation Lecrae revealed the album cover for upcoming album 'Anomaly' this week, which is set to be released in August this year.

The album has been receiving a lot of buzz recently, with NBA superstars Jeremy Lin and Stephen Curry both posting photos followed by the hashtag #anomaly on Twitter.

Check out the tweets below, as well as the instagram video that accompanied the album cover release.

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Micah Bournes Releases Free Album 'Alive & Ill'

Spoken word artist Micah Bournes has just released his new album Alive & Ill, and it's available for download from his bandcamp completely free of charge.

Bournes visited New Zealand earlier this year, endearing himself to Kiwi audiences with his clear gift for poetry and his insatiable desire for social justice and God.

Alive & Ill sees Bournes delve into some rather personal stuff; talking of his struggles with ulcerative colitis, his family, and forgiveness.

His track 'As We...' featuring Ethan Butler is on Alive & Ill and can be heard below. If you like what you hear, remember you can visit his bandcamp page and download the entire album for free.

 

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Steven Cooper puts career in fans' hands

Postive rap/hip-hop artist Steven Cooper is giving away 100,000 copies of his latest album Stereotype to get mass exposure to his music. Once, and only once, he reaches that number, he'll release his new EP titled Odd One Out.

It could take a couple of weeks, it might take 2-3 years... his entire career is at a stand still until his fans get the album 100,000 times.

So, share the link around to your friends who you know could do with some positive rap, cos I for one want to hear the new stuff!

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Colton Dixon Reveals New Album Details

Pop artist Colton Dixon has announced that his new album - which is to be titled 'Anchor' - will be out on August the 19th.

The album artwork, which features Dixon swimming underwater while sporting inexplicably perfect-looking hair, was a hit amongst his female fan-base when it was released on Facebook last Friday.

He also added that hit single 'More of You' (which we've been loving on Life FM) is going to be the opening track on the album.

Check out 'More of You' below.

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Brian 'Head' Welch: "I'm not much different to Tim Lambesis"

Brian 'Head' Welch says that he relates to former frontman of Christian heavy metal band 'As I Lay Dying', Tim Lambesis, who has been jailed after attempting to hire a hitman to kill his wife.

Lambesis admitted in a recent interview that he was always an athiest, saying that he faked his faith in an attempt to exploit the Christian market and sell more records.

He added that the decision to pay someone to assassinate his wife was one clouded by his exorbitant use of steroids, though former band members say that it was "not completely out of character" for the vocalist.

Lambesis's fellow heavy rocker Brian 'Head' Welch, once part of the world-renowned metal band Korn, says he made a similar plot while high on cocaine.

However, he was put off the idea by a member of Korn's road crew and later became a Christian, forming his own band and touring as a speaker to advise youth against abusing drugs and alcohol.

"What if he [the road crew member] encouraged me to murder like the Tim Lambesis situation?" Welch pondered in an interview with radio.com. "What if, in my lowest, weakest moment, all messed up in the head on coke, I got led into agreeing on a down payment for a hit on my wife and her boyfriend?"

"I'm not much different than Tim," he continued. "I don't think any of us are. We are all capable of bad choices under the weight of heavy circumstances. Some people can handle more or less than others, but everyone has a certain breaking point — especially if there's other substances involved."

Lambesis was arrested in May last year and sentenced to six years imprisonment.

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Paper Cranes Perform 'Runaway' Live

Parachute Music have just dropped a great video of Paper Cranes performing their single 'Runaway' in Mystery Creek's Old Hall.

The band were obviously taking some time out to play some tunes together during this year's Parachute Festival and, luckily for us, it was caught on camera.

The performance, which was recorded as part of Parachute Music's ongoing 'Field Sessions', has a wonderfully authentic, earthy feel to it - it's absolutely worth a watch. Check it out below!

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Hawk Nelson Recording Brand New Material

Hawk Nelson have started work on a brand new album, with bassist Daniel Biro saying that they want to "raise the bar" after the success of hit single 'Words'.

The pop-rockers headed back into the studio just a few days ago for the first time since previous album 'Made'.

However, lead singer and guitarist Jonathan Steingard has remained tight-lipped about a potential release date.

"We can't really say much about it yet," he said, "but there's a bunch of stuff we're really excited about."

Check out the music video for their single Words (featuring Bart Millard of MercyMe) below.

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