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Guitar Hero: King James Version

Christian rock gets its own Guitar Hero clone.

If Konami's guitar game ever got big in the States they could have called this "Jesus Freaks."
Personally, I'm of the mind that as soon as Man electrified the guitar, we embarked on the dark project of communing with demons, using the six-stringed instrument to allow Satan into our midst. It would culminate with the release of Judas Priest's 1982 album, Screaming for Vengeance.

So it's with some trepidation that I gaze upon a pre-order page for Guitar Praise: Solid Rock, an upcoming PC/Mac product from your friends at Digital Praise. Could this all be a devious trick? What happens if I play these songs backwards?

The game sounds like a pretty standard Guitar Hero clone with over 50 songs that reflect Christian values, online scoreboard support, support for two players (complete with a lead/bass split), and four difficulty levels. Also? The guitar is wireless. You know, provided these guys went and got the masters for all of these songs and split them apart so that the guitar stops playing when you stop playing, this looks like it's about all of the features you could possibly want out of a Christian rock game.

Here's the song list for the game. By putting DC Talk's Jesus Freak in the game the developers have... well... they put I song I've heard of in it. Congrats?

  • 12 Stones - Broken
  • Bride - Same Ol' Sinner
  • Caedmons Call - There You Go
  • Casting Crowns - Lifesong
  • Chris Tomlin - Made to Worship
  • Darrell Evans - So Good To Me
  • David Crowder Band - Foreverandever Etc.
  • Day Of Fire - Reap and Sow
  • dc Talk - Jesus Freak
  • Family Force 5 - Love Addict
  • Flyleaf - Perfect 
  • Hawk Nelson - The Show
  • Hawk Nelson - Friend Like That
  • Inhabited - Rescue Me
  • Israel & New Breed - All Around
  • James Clay - Franklin Park
  • Jared Anderson - Blind Man
  • Jennifer Knapp - Undo Me
  • Jeremy Camp - Tonight
  • Jessie Daniels - What I Hear
  • Jonah33 - Father's Song
  • Josh Bates - Perfect Day
  • Kutless - Beyond the Surface
  • Kutless - Hearts of the Innocent
  • Lincoln Brewster - Spin
  • Nate Sallie - All About You
  • Nevertheless - The Real 
  • Newsboys - Something Beautiful 
  • Paul Baloche - Rock of Ages
  • Paul Baloche - All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises
  • Petra - Backsliding Blues
  • Pillar - When Tommorrow Comes 
  • Red - Breathe Into Me
  • Relient K - I Need You
  • Seventh Day Slumber - Awake
  • Skillet - The Older I Get
  • Skillet - Rebirthing
  • Skillet - Savior
  • Spoken - Wind In My Sails
  • Spoken - Falling Further
  • Spur 58 - Sleepwalkers
  • Stellar Kart - Procrastinating
  • Superchick - We Live 
  • The Crucified - The Pit
  • This Beautiful Republic - Going Under
  • Thousand Foot Krutch - The Flame in All of Us
  • Thousand Foot Krutch - The Art of Breaking
  • tobyMac - I'm For You
  • Todd Agnew - This Fragile Breath
  • Warren Barfield - My Heart Goes Out
  • Whitecross - Who Will You Follow
  • Whitecross - When The Walls Tumble Down

Skillet? Man, if they had actually meant Skillit, maybe they'd get my money.
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Posted by Jeff
If Konami's guitar game ever got big in the States they could have called this "Jesus Freaks."
Personally, I'm of the mind that as soon as Man electrified the guitar, we embarked on the dark project of communing with demons, using the six-stringed instrument to allow Satan into our midst. It would culminate with the release of Judas Priest's 1982 album, Screaming for Vengeance.

So it's with some trepidation that I gaze upon a pre-order page for Guitar Praise: Solid Rock, an upcoming PC/Mac product from your friends at Digital Praise. Could this all be a devious trick? What happens if I play these songs backwards?

The game sounds like a pretty standard Guitar Hero clone with over 50 songs that reflect Christian values, online scoreboard support, support for two players (complete with a lead/bass split), and four difficulty levels. Also? The guitar is wireless. You know, provided these guys went and got the masters for all of these songs and split them apart so that the guitar stops playing when you stop playing, this looks like it's about all of the features you could possibly want out of a Christian rock game.

Here's the song list for the game. By putting DC Talk's Jesus Freak in the game the developers have... well... they put I song I've heard of in it. Congrats?

  • 12 Stones - Broken
  • Bride - Same Ol' Sinner
  • Caedmons Call - There You Go
  • Casting Crowns - Lifesong
  • Chris Tomlin - Made to Worship
  • Darrell Evans - So Good To Me
  • David Crowder Band - Foreverandever Etc.
  • Day Of Fire - Reap and Sow
  • dc Talk - Jesus Freak
  • Family Force 5 - Love Addict
  • Flyleaf - Perfect 
  • Hawk Nelson - The Show
  • Hawk Nelson - Friend Like That
  • Inhabited - Rescue Me
  • Israel & New Breed - All Around
  • James Clay - Franklin Park
  • Jared Anderson - Blind Man
  • Jennifer Knapp - Undo Me
  • Jeremy Camp - Tonight
  • Jessie Daniels - What I Hear
  • Jonah33 - Father's Song
  • Josh Bates - Perfect Day
  • Kutless - Beyond the Surface
  • Kutless - Hearts of the Innocent
  • Lincoln Brewster - Spin
  • Nate Sallie - All About You
  • Nevertheless - The Real 
  • Newsboys - Something Beautiful 
  • Paul Baloche - Rock of Ages
  • Paul Baloche - All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises
  • Petra - Backsliding Blues
  • Pillar - When Tommorrow Comes 
  • Red - Breathe Into Me
  • Relient K - I Need You
  • Seventh Day Slumber - Awake
  • Skillet - The Older I Get
  • Skillet - Rebirthing
  • Skillet - Savior
  • Spoken - Wind In My Sails
  • Spoken - Falling Further
  • Spur 58 - Sleepwalkers
  • Stellar Kart - Procrastinating
  • Superchick - We Live 
  • The Crucified - The Pit
  • This Beautiful Republic - Going Under
  • Thousand Foot Krutch - The Flame in All of Us
  • Thousand Foot Krutch - The Art of Breaking
  • tobyMac - I'm For You
  • Todd Agnew - This Fragile Breath
  • Warren Barfield - My Heart Goes Out
  • Whitecross - Who Will You Follow
  • Whitecross - When The Walls Tumble Down

Skillet? Man, if they had actually meant Skillit, maybe they'd get my money.
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Posted by zoozilla

I'm sure this will make me closer to God.  I need this game!  GOD, GET THIS FOR MY BIRTHDAY!

Posted by piecat

Wow, this game blows Rock band and Guitar Hero out of the water.

Posted by jlaudio7

Never heard of any of these bands. Not interested.

Posted by F1

I've heard of Flyleaf, but that's about it. I really am finding this hard to believe right now.

Posted by Platitude

I can't believe this game is real!  Weird.

I'm a big fan of Relient K, but I find it a little odd they're on here.  They are pretty much your standard modern alt rock band not christian rock.  Just have a few christian influences in a few of their songs.  Haven't heard of anything of the other people though.

Posted by Averhoeven

I've only heard of 3 bands on there (12 Stones, Flyleaf and Skillet). 12 Stones might be a hard stretch to call Christian rock, particularly some of their newer stuff.
Of those 3 bands, 12 Stones ain't bad and the Skillet song they actually picked are decent too (though I probably wouldn't say the same for their whole collection).
By no means am I a Christian rock person either, but I had these CDs through my Zune subscription already.

Posted by HellBound

Its funny how they classify these bands as Christian. Sure some of them are, but in interviews with some, flyleaf for example, they clearly said they are not Christian, they are musicians that like Rock and Roll and believe in god. So yea...I don't see how that makes them Christian rock.

Posted by MasterSplinter

This genre is starting to get ridiculous.

Posted by logson

You heard it here first.

Posted by RenegadeSaint

The title of this article is amazing.

Also, some decent bands and songs seem to be on this list.  Sounds like a pretty good alternative for those who like to rock out to Christian rock.

Posted by Fade2Gray

Newsboys is the only band I've ever even heard of before on there. Eh, well good for 'em. I'm sure there's an audience out there for the thing.

Posted by roofy

if theres an audience for it then thats good for them.

Posted by TheGTAvaccine

Ugh...I thought this was a joke at first.

Posted by PLWolf

Is it bad to want to see this come to Consoles with drum pad support?

Posted by AnEternalEnigma

I was wondering how long it would take for something like this to happen. I am shocked it took this long.

I'm not going to rip on the game because of what it is. I have no interest in Christian music but I do applaud the fact that now that audience has something to enjoy in this area too.

And let's be honest, nothing can be worse than the overcharted, hard-just-to-be-hard Guitar Hero III.

Posted by mrsmiley

Interesting. Kudos for actually reporting on this. I'm not huge into Christian, but there are definitely some good bands on that list. My problem with this is it being for the PC/MAC. BLEAH. Gimme X360 and I may rent it for some achievements. ;)

Posted by Serker
  • The Crucified - The Pit

    they sound pretty metal
Posted by FoolInjection

I love some of the wording in the ad for this game...

"But watch out: if you can't keep up, the artists will take a break and stop the music."  not You Suck ... or FAIL.. but "the band is taking a break right now while you find your way" ...  Awershum

Also if you look at related products and check out the blurb about the Guitar...

"Power Duel mode also lets players send "surprises" that impact their opponent's play." ... no attacks here... but hey SUPRISE!!!... lol.

Posted by Kohe321

Wow :D

Posted by HazBazz

Is this for real? Holy crap...

Posted by Coltonio7

-_-' I'll pass

Posted by Sharpshooter

Wow the seats in the churchs must be really empty for them to resort to ripping off popular media ideas.

I don't mind having religion in games when its important to a story (e.g. Assassins Creed) but using games to promote (or as Digital Praise puts it "Glorify") a religion is both annoying and incredabily insulting. I also feel the same way about politics and illegal activities.

I believe George Carlin (1937 - 2008) said it best when he said "Keep thy religion to thyself"

Posted by Video_Tycoon

Umm...wow?  My mom wants a country version of RB or GH. :P  Close enough?

Anyway, clicked on the link and noticed that the guitar just "happens" to look VERY similar to Rock Bands. >_>

Posted by mellenman

im a christian but all of these bands suck cept flyleaf skillet and thousand foot krutch

Posted by usedtype
Posted by PureRok

They didn't even pick the best Pillar song...

Posted by Hef

I can't believe they put decent features and effort into this game. You have to admit that it doesn't sound like a complete piece of crap from the technical side, just the songs are kinda shitty.

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

No Creed?

Posted by Rasta_Zergling

Why did they have to include Family Force 5 - Love Addict
now i actually want to play it just for that song

Posted by Six

They play Flyleaf and Thousand Foot Krutch on "Hard Attack" on Sirius satellite radio.   

Thousand Foot Krutch actually sounded pretty good... can't say i have heard of more than 3 of these groups/bands/singers.

Posted by MrKlorox

Please, somebody sue. This is offensive to me.

Posted by Ubergeist

Boy I sure hope I don't go to Hell for not buying God's Guitar Hero clone. haha. You'd think God would have enough cred to get an official GH game...

Posted by Terrell

I think this is a good idea. I love Gospel music, so this is definitely something I might consider. I normally don't like Rock music, but if it's tlaking about Glorifying God then I can't tolerate it,  if only it was for consoles.

And if there is an audience for it, then hey why not. Music games need MORE DIVERSE types of music!

Posted by dpac

As someone who appreciates Christian music, I knew it was only a matter of time before something like this came out. After all, if there's a market for a product, it's likely going to get made. I'm just bummed that they won't go the (admittedly more expensive) console route by sticking to Macs and PCs. I'll be even more bummed if they make Guitar Hero and Rock Band peripherals inoperable with their games (yeah, there will be more; see Dance Praise), but that's the business world for ya.

As far as the Christian cred of the artists included, most appear to be either explicitly Christian in how they market themselves or started out more in that direction. It's not uncommon in the CCM (Christian Contemporary Music) world for popular bands or singers to attempt a mainstream/secular crossover and tone down their earlier religious rhetoric. (Witness Amy Grant et. al.) But even bigger acts like U2 -- based on many published interviews -- would not call themselves Christian bands, though there appear to be Christians in their ranks. It's a difference in focus (an important one for any band) that would lead a group to classify itself one way versus another. Even with these groups, however, you can find the occasional song or two that clearly exhibits Christian themes if not explicit lyrics.

Posted by Artemis_D

I'm not big on the Christian rock or the Jesus, but some of those bands are actually decent.  I like early 12 Stones and I probably would've gone with a different set of Thousand Foot Krutch songs.



...I still find this hilarious, though.  All I can see are those commercials for those Christian rock compilation cds, lol.  This track lacks a Sonic Flood song.

"Ceeeelebrate Jesus, Celebrate!"

Posted by DaveKingston

Another way to exploit Christ for more money! Where do I sign?!?!?

Posted by Darkstorn

This isn't for me, but they should have put Savatage on there. Savatage has some great Christ-y prog metal stuff.

Posted by Artemis_D
Posted by imayellowfellow

no hillsong united!? blasphemy!

Posted by StarFoxA

Haha. I used to be a fan of Christian rock, but I find most of it lame and just generally retarded. The only band I like on there is Relient K.

Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam

I have trouble with any product that mentions Jesus over 500 times and was made in the last 10 years. Christian "rock" should not be relegated to its own genre, all of it is just pretty crappy alt. rock. I don't believe in god, but I can actually listen to a song that has Christian themes as long as it isn't terrible.

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

Wow, who exactly are they trying to target here!?

Posted by MattBodega

KJV is my new rap name.
And if I was gonna start an ironic "nerd-core" christian rock group, KJV would stand for King James Virgin.
Ba-Dum Poosh!

Posted by JohnDudebro

Will the Devil be the final boss, like in Guitar Hero III?

Posted by broqz

jeff sorta raises an interesting question.  just when did "the devils music" , rock and roll, (and they were saying this back when people considered elvis presly rock and roll) get co-opted by christianity?  isn't the very idea of christian rock sorta an oxymoron?  not to say you can't believe in your superstitions and still like to rock out but i dunno....i just...dont know.

Posted by albedos_shadow

I am ecstatic that I have never even remotely heard of any of those bands.

Posted by Terrell

broqz:

They say/said the same thing about hip-hop music (devils music) but there is Christian Rap and hip-hop.

I see the point that you (and Jeff) but what you are basically saying is that the general populations' opinion of a genre is what defines it. And as we both know in regards to  both Rock and Hip-Hop and Rap, that is definitely not true.

Posted by AllSchoolGamer
Posted by Thejugglingbum

I don't believe in god, which is equal to my belief that this will succeed.

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