Emo Songs You DEFINITELY Had ON Your Middle/High School Playlist pt 2
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Emo Songs You DEFINITELY Had ON Your Middle/High School Playlist pt 2

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Emo Songs You DEFINITELY Had ON Your Middle/High School Playlist pt 2

While the previous article listed several of the "go to" bands that many of us turned to in our times of angst, consider this list a more aggressive "b-sides" edition, bringing all the bands that popped up when your teenage hormones got out of control and "the world got too cold and didn't understand you". Let us also be thankful that many social media networks now have an "On This Day" filter so you can go through and completely erase all the late-night status updates you made about your ex that you haven't seen or thought of in 4 or 5 years, and delete those old prom pictures that make you look like a backup member for Green Day or a Sopranos reject. Anywho, LET'S GET TO LISTING!



Bonus Points Songs: DARE, Clint Eastwood, 19-2000

While Gorillaz isn't in many regards a "heavy" band, they're very much an artistic approach, changing their style with each song they do, and appealing to many of us who were searching for our creative outlets at the time their Demon Days album released. The band took a break after their Plastic Beach album and tour were completed, but recently released Humanz, and have announced a new tour. "Feel Good Inc." was one of those songs that many of us turned to in order to get our feelings onto paper, so it's a delight to see the band that gave us that song back in the spotlight.



Bonus Points Songs: Prayer, Land Of Confusion (Genesis Cover), Sound Of Silence (G&O Cover)

Disturbed emerged with a powerful presence and album with 2000's The Sickness and still continue to top the charts in recent years. After a hiatus that many thought would bring about the end of the band, they returned with an astounding cover of The Sound Of Silence that showcased a new energy and focus. However, those of us who first discovered Disturbed though Down With The Sickness will always remember thrashing along to the heavy drums and growling vocals that steered us into forever relating and loving this band for showing the rage we may have held in our young hearts.



Bonus Points Songs: Sooner Or Later, Breath, Firefly

A slightly heavier sound brought all your teenage angst to the surface, and any kind of loss allowed Breaking Benjamin to completely envelop all the emotions that you probably went through. With smash hits like Breath and Diary Of Jane, Breaking Benjamin made a huge name for themselves. The band has had slight difficulties with a lineup change due to a challenging lead singer, but still, continue to tour and release new music. Their next album should release later this year or in early 2018.



Bonus Points Songs: The Heretic Anthem, Psychosocial, Before I Forget

Probably one of the purest incarnations of teenage rage, Slipknot was the band that you played on your REALLY bad days and finally got your mom concerned enough to ask you "What's Wrong?" after she happened to come across a picture of the masked group. Slipknot has stuck around despite several members being replaced and lead singer Corey Taylor pulling double duty with side band Stone Sour, and just recently finished a very long tour. They most likely won't come into the spotlight again for another 2-3 years, and members are starting to come to terms with the fact that they can't do this forever, but this is definitely not the last that we have heard from them.



Bonus Points Songs: Evolution, Twisted Transistor, Right Now

Korn has and always be the go-to band for any high schooler dealing with bullies or a similar unfortunate situation. With the growling vocals from Jonathan Davis, Korn reaches and consoles those who are struggling to deal with both themselves and others. The band is still going strong, with a consistent heavy sound, but have been experimenting over the past few years with their approach, working with electronic artists like Skrillex and The Dust Brothers to reach both longtime fans and new audiences. They've released a new album in the past year, and are currently touring.




Bonus Points Songs: Teenagers, Helena, Dead!

The absolute PINNACLE of angst, MCR was the epitome of every single emotion that you went through, and "Welcome To The Black Parade" is and always will be the perfect song for expressing that. While the band is sadly no more, fans and former emo kids will always jump to attention whenever they hear those first few piano notes, and will always CARRY ON!

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Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

Is God Reckless?

First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.

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