Bought By Blood – Blasting it for the Kingdom

Bought By Blood is a band that’s been around for a while, but I had never heard of them until I was scrolling thru internet around Easter time this year in search for music to add to a list I named Easter metal. I came across the song “Let Your Kingdom Come” and I must say it blasted me right to my heart. Hardcore with worship lyrics, describing the essence what happened when Jesus died on the cross. This band goes to my list of hatdcore that I listen to frequently. I’ve been coming back to the song ever since I first heard it. I also got in touch with the band asking a few questions and i have the pleasure to introduce you to a band that proves that even though culture can be boundary between people, music will always build bridges across those boundaries.

Ray Bantugan – Vocals
Carlo Garcia – Drums
Rhayan Linga – Guitar
Choi Felipe – Guitar
Jojen Flores – Bass

When and where was the band formed? The band was formed in early 2000, in our hometown Antipolo, Philippines.

What´s the story behind your band name? The price we were bought with is disclosed in 1 Peter 1:18–19: “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God” (NLT). When Paul said, “You were bought with a price,” he meant that believers were purchased and paid for with the sinless, spotless perfection of Jesus Christ’s blood. Jesus himself said that He came to give His life as a ransom for us (Matthew 20:28). Since we were obtained at such a tremendous expense, we are to use our bodies to honor God with good deeds: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT). Paul reminded the Corinthians that ownership of their bodies had been transferred to Christ. They no longer had the right or freedom to use their bodies any way they wished. Just as slaves were purchased in the ancient world, we were bought with the price of Christ’s blood on the cross. We now belong to Him (1 Corinthians 7:22). We don’t have the right to rebel against our Master by using our bodies in ways He forbids. In one sense, the blood of Christ paid for our liberation, setting us free from sin; but in another inference, His sacrifice changed our ownership, making us slaves to God alone. “You were bought with a price” means God was willing to obtain possession of us on Calvary by paying the ultimate price—the blood of His own Son (Acts 20:28).’

What’s the purpose of the band? To simply glorify the Lord and share the gospel through our music.

Who would you say is a typical fan of your music? Mainly the youth who are lost and often looking for a something to fill a void in their lives.

The song was released as apart of the EP “Bought By Blood” released in 2017 with two other songs, also worth givening a listen and has also been published on a compilation album by xThinkpositivex Records.

In my opinion Bought By Blood is great metalcore. A fan of For Today, Diamonds to Dust, Sleeping Giant and War of Ages gets a good add to their list of listenable hardcore bands.

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