EP Review: The Blamed – Reese’n for The Season (The Charon Collective)

Christian punk/hardcore band The Blamed celebrate Christmas the only way they know how. They’re Rockin’ for the Rock with their cover of Stryper’s ‘Reason for The Season’ and a few other classics the legendary band felt compelled to give their own spin. Featuring the likes of Reese Roper (Five Iron Frenzy), Rocky Gray (Living Sacrifice), and Jesse Sprinkle (Poor Old Lu, Demon Hunter, Dead Poetic), Reese’n for The Season is out now via The Charon Collective.

A fun festive treat to get any party rocking this Christmas, The Blamed aren’t taking themselves too seriously here, even if their version of Stryper’s ‘Reason for The Season’ is delightfully well done. Given a punk and hardcore-infused makeover but still sounding immensely rocking. The Christmas hit we all forget about, and given fresh life by the Blamed.



You’ve not heard a version of Hark the Heralds Angels Sing like The Blamed’s version here. Going for a much subtler approach, having a layer of moodiness, and featuring fantastic guest vocals by Vanessa Bawinkel and Tobin Bawinkel. It’s surprisingly effective.

The less punk-infused approach is also applicable to a catchy version of Joy to the World, although this track does have a more collective sound, and gets a bit chaotic (vocally) near the end. Before a dramatic version of Away in a Manger wraps up a unique slice of festive music. The Blamed leaving an impression and giving extremely recognisable tunes a fresh coat of paint.

The Blamed – Reese’n for The Season Track Listing:

1. Reese’n For the Season
2. Hark The Heralds Angels Sing
3. Joy to the World
4. Away in a Manger


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