NewsJanuary 2, 2015 1:30 PM ET14,432 views

Altars call out Reformers with new song

After six months of silence, Colorado hardcore/metal band Altars have returned and premiered a new song titled "Bigot." The track will appear on the band's forthcoming EP, A Profound Respect For Life, due out on January 6. You can listen to "Bigot" here: Interestingly, the song is apparently a rebuttal of sorts to the track, "Abomination," debuted by fellow Christian band Reformers this past spring. The track, which generated some controversy upon its release, opened with the line, "Truth is truth, let it convict you." In "Bigot," Altars counter that "Truth is not truth" and eventually, "I'll say it loud, you're such a bigot." In response, several hours later Reformers took to Facebook to quote the Bible:
2 4:2 Timothy... Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
UPDATE: Altars have issued a new statement stating that they did not "intend to call out" Reformers with the new song. Here's what they had to say:
"Regarding the overwhelmingly heartwarming / open minded reaction to our new track 'Bigot': "We quoted the lyrics of a Reformers song as a solitary example of something that many people practice and represent. We know that they are good guys just doing what they love, but it must be realized that when art that carries a message is created and released, one might expect that the message is automatically subject to critique and conversation. Is that not the purpose of art itself? Altars recognizes that our feelings and ideas are equally subject to criticism; the response to the release of this track should make this fact obvious. "The song 'Bigot' does not intend to call out the band whose lyrics happen to represent an approach that Altars as a band stands against. Bigot is not about Reformers. Bigot is not about homosexuality. Bigot is not about Christianity. Bigot is a vocal and musical opposition to the way many religious and self-proclaimed spiritual people view their own beliefs versus the beliefs of others. We will not apologize for believing that individually held and proclaimed 'truth' isn't necessarily universal truth. Our band will continue to ask hard questions and will always challenge the status quo. If this doesn't fit the spiritual mold that our friends and listeners have presumed for our band, save yourself some trouble and ignore the five yet-to-be-released tracks from the EP, they are likely to be equally as off-putting to many of you. And to clarify, we love everyone at Facedown Records with our whole hearts, but this EP will be released independently of any label."

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