Song: Fight The Silence
Artist: For Today
Album: Fight The Silence
Release date: February 4, 2014
Why this song was chosen: This song comes from an album of the same name. For Today is known in the metalcore community as being as heavy as they are Christian. Depending on where you come from, that can be a good or a bad thing. Regardless of your opinion, it’s not up for debate the impact they have given the metal community and the Christian communities alike. They are one of the very top bands in their genre right now, and it seems like nothing can stop them. This song is on their newest album, which was originally written to be theological, Biblical, and along the lines of their typical material. But when vocalist, Mattie Montgomery, saw a video on human trafficking, he was brought to tears and changed the direction. He decided to use the band’s ever growing success for something completely different. This song is an anthem to stand up and end human sex trafficking. I can’t imagine a list of songs on this topic without this song.
What the artist has to say about the song: In an Alternative Press interview done in February of 2014, vocalist and lyricist Mattie Montgomery said “What hit me and the reason I wrote “Fight The Silence” is I realized I may not have the guns, the expertise or the knowledge necessary to take that sort of action, but I can use what I do have. I have a platform. I have a voice. He continued, speaking about the idea of victim blaming, and how this is a problem with men, not a problem with women, saying “We need people to step up and take personal responsibility for the world they live in. That’s what separates the boys from the men. Boys don’t have any responsibilities: They look at the world and complain, whine and fuss. But what men do in contrast to what boys do is they step up and take personal responsibility for the world around them.” (Source: Alternative Press).
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