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following in the footsteps of living sacrifice, underoath and norma Jean, detroit’s as they sleep is
the latest act signed to solid state Records. By combining hard rock, death metal and thrash, the
group is amongst the most aggressive in the alternative underground these days, though even with
the menacing screams and full-throttled guitars, members still showcase an unwavering desire to
wear christian beliefs on their sleeves (without ever shoving anything down listeners’ throats). front
man Aaron Bridgewater gives CCM the scoop on as they sleep’s curious moniker, the label’s lauded
lineage and a glimpse into the band’s national debut disc Dynasty.
CCM: What inspired the group’s name?
aaron Bridgewater: as they sleep is a metaphor for going above and beyond to succeed, kind of like
in warfare. When the enemy sneaks into camp in the middle of the night to take you out as you sleep,
[you’ve got to do] whatever it takes to prevail!
CCM: What does solid state’s history mean to you?
Bridgewater: i used to listen to living sacrifice when i was like 13-years-old, and in recent years
i’ve become a big fan of the agony scene. But all that aside, it’s what the label stands for that really
means the most. it’s awesome to see a positive influence in such a dark secular scene.
CCM: How do you hope to stand out from other metal acts today?
Bridgewater: Well, i guess the same way we’ve seemed to stand out thus far—to keep writing music
that we feel is superior to the music we’ve written in the past and to keep adding in that riffy and
colorful guitar work into our death metal. i mean, let’s face it, you can listen to a lot of death metal
albums front to back and you feel like you just listened to the same song for an hour. We strive to be
the opposite of that.
CCM: Why did you name the new CD dynasty?
Bridgewater: Dynasty focuses mainly on the rise and fall of various kingdoms, empires and dynasties
throughout history... it symbolizes our inheritance of this earth as brothers and sisters. Whether
we believe it or not, we’re all worthy of inhabiting great things in the future as long as we cleanse
ourselves of the past.
— andy argyrakis
As They Sleep
the act: Kevin Chalfant
the site: www.allforonesong.com
the sound: Melodic Rock
the Buzz: the lead singer of the storm
(the super group with members of
Journey and santana) and two fires
(his current band) recently penned the
patriotic song “all for one” with chuck
Giacinto (from christian act final Quest),
which was debuted alongside author/
television personality Glenn Beck at the
Right nation 2010 rally.
the act: Cellofourte
the site: www.facebook.com/
the sound: symphonic Rock
the Buzz: cello player tate olsen,
best known for his time on tour with
skillet, is teaming with that band’s
guitarist Ben Kasica for A String Tribute
To Skillet, which will find hits like “last
night,” “lucy” and “Rebirthing” earning
the act: trans-siberian orchestra
the site: www.trans-siberian.com
the sound: classic Rock
the Buzz: if you see any christmas
concert this year, make sure it’s Trans-
siberian orchestra’s christ-centered
treatment of carols and originals,
backed by more smoke, lights and pyro
than AC/DC at its prime.