SEVENTH DAY SLUMBER
Among an elite group of bands who have dominated and shaped the Christian rock scene for more than two decades, Seventh Day Slumber remains a consistent force on Christian CHR and rock radio. They’ve sold a combined total of nearly 500,000 units to date; charted two Billboard #1 albums; five #1 singles; 14 Top 10 hits; and garnered a Dove Award. Joseph and his bandmates–Jeremy Holderfield (guitar); son Blaise Rojas (drums); and friend Ken Reed (bass)–are known for a string of signature songs, including “Oceans From The Rain,” “Inside Out,” “Caroline,” “Finally Awake” “We Are The Broken” and “Wasted Life.
Seventh Day Slumber frontman “Joseph Rojas” gave his life to Jesus in the back of an ambulance after a suicide attempt, overdosing under the same roof where his praying mother daily fell to her knees on his behalf. Joseph’s mile-long rap sheet and $400 a day cocaine habit left him nowhere to turn. God supernaturally showed up on the way to the hospital that night, touching Joseph’s heart and changing his life forever.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Closer To Chaos, the much anticipated new studio recording from seminal Christian rockers Seventh Day Slumber, is set to bow May 31. Debuting on RockFest Records—the groundbreaking label founded by Seventh Day Slumber frontman Joseph Rojas last year—Closer To Chaos finds the group returning to their melodic rock roots with a collection of 10 brand new songs. The album will be available for preorder beginning May 17 with two instant-grat tracks, “Alive Again” and “Still Breathing.”
Produced by Seventh Day Slumber’s Jeremy Holderfield, with three selections co-produced and co-written by Disciple’s Josiah Prince, Closer To Chaos tackles a range of issues, including emotional trauma, self-worth and sobriety, among other topics.
“This project addresses seasons of suffering in life,” Rojas explains. “We all experience times of deep pain and feeling overwhelmed, and sometimes our faith is truly tested. Through these songs we want listeners to know that suffering is only for a season. Just because you can’t see beyond this doesn’t mean God isn’t there. He has an amazing plan for you and there is Hope. You are not too far gone to be forgiven and you’re never out of the reach of God. Hope is waiting—you just have to reach out.”
Closer To Chaos is highlighted by lead Christian and mainstream rock single “Alive Again.” The high-octane album opener is a cry for help in the midst of life’s stress. “Having kids, a job, schoolwork—whatever it is—sometimes we’re just overwhelmed, but there are people who still depend on us and need us every day,” says Rojas of the song’s inspiration. “God is with us no matter what we’re dealing with, but we can’t run from the pain. We have to go through it to overcome it, to feel alive again.”
Seventh Day Slumber drummer Blaise Rojas co-wrote five of the album’s selections, including the poignant “Man Down,” a tribute to servicemen and women who deal with the lasting physical and emotional trauma of war. “That story is not told enough,” Joseph Rojas says. “So many soldiers have said our music not only got them through their deployment, but it’s continued to minister to them as they navigate PTSD issues on the home front as well.”
Additional highlights of Closer To Chaos include “The Letter,” a timely track also co-written by Blaise Rojas addressing the self-harm and cutting epidemic; the heavy-hitting anthems “Light It Up” and “Cold Kiss Embrace,” tackling addiction and toxic relationships, respectively; and the Joseph Rojas co-penned album closer “Your Eyes,” a deeply personal track about finding worth and identity in Christ.