December's Album Spotlight
Onward To Freedom by Tourniquet is in the album spotlight for December. Ted Kirkpatrick is joined by an impressive array of guest artists on Onward to Freedom. The title track features Michael Sweet (Stryper) on vocals and lead guitar, and Mattie Montgomery (For Today) on vocals. Other guests include guitarists Marty Friedman, Chris Poland, Bruce Franklin (Trouble), Tony Palacios (Guardian), Rex Carroll (Whitecross), and Aaron Guerra (Tourniquet). Other guests include Dug Pinnick (King's X, KXM), Gabbie Rae, Kevin Young (Disciple), Blake Suddath (Your Memorial), Nick Villars (Sleep Star Ignition), and Luke Easter (Tourniquet), plus powerful narrations by seven time Emmy Award winning actor Ed Asner and Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and Family Channel star Ashley Argota.
December's Classic Spotlight
Rebellion by Sacred Warrior is in the classic spotlight for December. Starting in 1988, Chicago-based Sacred Warrior decided to use their God-given talents to create a sound that was essentially a Christian take on Iron Maiden and Queensryche. Guitarist Bruce Swift is definitely the star of this show, with fleet-fingered solos reminiscent of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. The superb rhythm section of Steve Watkins on bass and Tony Velasquez on drums keeps things moving well. Rey Parra's vocals are suitably Dickenson-ian and then at times seems to lean on the operatic falsetto. Killer classic!