January's Album Spotlight
Between The Stars by Flyleaf is in the album spotlight for January. This is the band's fourth full-length studio album. The group funded the album through PledgeMusic. It marks the groups first record to feature Kristen May on vocals, replacing original vocalist Lacey Sturm who exited the band in 2012. Recorded with noted producer Don Gilmore, Between the Stars is tight and melodic and unrelentingly hook-driven, poppy enough in places to recall Paramore or even (on the great new single "Set Me on Fire") a more ferocious No Doubt. The album sold over 8,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 33 on the Billboard 200 chart.
January's Indie Spotlight
Great Lengths by The Protest is in the indie spotlight for January. The Protest's sophomore effort "Great Lengths" was a labor of love. The band spent countless hours in the studio working on this album. The album title is derived from the obstacles the band went through during the process of this record and the artwork (created by drummer Jarob Bramlett) symbolizes everyone's individual walk through overwhelming obstacles in life. This album deviates a little from their last album being a little heavier in nature, that being said fans of the band's first record "Game Changer" will not be disappointed. Great Lengths has many factors that made the first album so special.This band is madly in love with Jesus Christ and want this record to reach people in a non judgmental and relatable way. The album was produced and tracked by Mark Anthony of "The Letter Black" fame and mixed by Matthew Dougherty at Groove Master Studios in Chicago. Fans of Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, and Disciple will be especially pleased with Great Lengths.