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21 July 2009 @ 11:13 pm
This might probably be old news (as seen in the date of the article). But it's big news, nonetheless.

Creed is reuniting to release an album (!)

So after years & years of listening to their music & not-so flattering reports about what lead singer Scott Stapp after the band broke up, finally they are coming back to release some music.

Ok, so maybe I'm a little too old for this. Creed has always been "secondary school music", which belonged to a phase in my life better left undisturbed. After all, Creed's "successor" band, Alter Bridge, has kind of occupied the position for a good touch of rock/ metal with positive imagery & meaning. And, well, let's just say that its hard to revisit songs & consider them meaningful when they belong to a specific time & place.

But still, the story behind their reunion is a bit hard to throw water on. Scott Stapp seems to have made a clean break. The bandmates appear to have reconciled. And despite the fact that any band reunion stinks of a marketing ploy or immortalization, it sounds more like a group of friends returning to play good music.

I'd like to believe this is a good opportunity to emphasize that Creed is practicing what they preach. For a long time, the beliefs that they've symbolized - a belief in a God, outside of organized religion - has been a very personal attraction. When chapel sessions in Barker were nothing more than repetitive words of some hillsong tune with vague metaphors, I admired Creed's ability to actually mention God in name & be creative in their treatment of issues like searching for faith & dealing with temptation. They were quite an inspiration to me in the days when I was a young, rather lost Christian.

So when they return with their new album, all I have to say is this: don't screw up this time around. Album sales won't matter. I'd like to see if they've stuck to the same set of beliefs after all they've been through.