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Christian Rock Bands: A History of the Genre and Several Popular Artists

Christian rock is a subgenre of rock music characterized by lyrics that emphasize Christian themes. Musically, this genre is comparable to rock, hardcore, and hard rock groups. The main distinction is that they all play songs about God, humility, religion, and other issues within the Christian context.

The Origins of the Genre

During the early years of rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm ‘n’ blues, many clergymen expressed disapproval of the musical movement as a whole and the musicians who played it in particular.

Later, rock singers often associated their music with mysticism, the occult, and devil worship, using more rebellious imagery. Many metal artists and rockers were involved in scandals and drank and used drugs too much, which made things worse and made people dislike rock music even more.

With the rise of rock bands and performers playing so-called Christian rock, the situation started to shift. The bands Mind Garage and Petra were the genre’s pioneers.  This trend kept growing over time, and a festival with only Christian rock musicians grew out of it.

Christian Rock Bands

The number of bands who teach Christianity through their music is extensive and grows each year. The following popular bands deserve mention:

Skillet was founded in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. The band has been nominated for Best Rock Gospel Album more than once during their long career.

Red is an American rock band that has risen to prominence among Christian music groups. It is fascinating that these men began their careers by drinking Christian songs. Established in 2004.

P.O.D. is one of the few groups who play Christian rapcore, emphasizing recitative and combining it with powerful riffs and percussion blasts. The band has received many Grammy Award nominations. The name of the band is derived from the phrase “Payable on Death”, which they identify with Jesus, who atoned for the sins of all people.

In addition to those bands, such as Starfield, FM Static, Antestor, Pillar, and War of the Ages, several lesser-known bands perform in this genre.

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