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Gideon Discuss Stepping Away From Christianity


Though they originally emerged in the Christian metalcore scene, Gideon have followed the same path as many of their peers before them in distancing themselves from Christianity as their beliefs have shifted over the years. In fact,  the band’s journey in finding their own voice outside of their Southern Baptist upbringing is described as being a ‘central theme’ on their forthcoming new album, “Out Of Control“, out October 11th.

Speaking with Kerrang! on what caused them to step away from the beliefs that defined their upbringing and early career, the band’s guitarist/vocalist Tyler Riley commented:

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“We’re just very open-minded and loved making friends with people. And we didn’t understand why—if they believe something else—they would go to a different place when they die. I think that’s what kind of opened the door for me: making all these friends that believe totally different things to me and having to ask myself…”

He continued:

“‘What did they do to deserve Hell?’ I think that’s what started it in me. And seeing a lot of corruption in the church when I would go back home.”

When asked if they had experienced any backlash from fans for their shifting spiritual beliefs across the past few years, Riley replied:

“We had a guy come up to our merch table the other night and asked our vocalist, ‘Do you ever read your Bible anymore?’ Things like that. There’s definitely backlash, but I would say more positives than negatives. Before we put out ‘Cold‘, we had already made the decision that we were gonna say whatever we wanted to say on stage, we were just gonna be ourselves at shows, hanging out with kids and whatever. It’s just been that for years now, us saying whatever we want.

We heard every story, like, ‘You guys, I’m not really a Christian anymore, but I almost feel like you guys grew up with me. It’s cool to be able to grow with you guys. That’s all a product of us actually being ourselves, and it seems like a way better connection with the people we meet and a way more honest interaction than a kid walking up and saying, ‘Hey, can I pray for you?’ or ‘Hey, will you pray for me?’ It’s all this weird Christian clout-grabbing—it’s not very real.”

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