In the Midst of Lions

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In the Midst of Lions
Origin St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Genres Deathcore, Christian metal
Years active 2009–2012
Labels Facedown Records

In the Midst of Lions was a Christian deathcore band from St Louis, Missouri. They have three full length album releases entitled Out Of Darkness, The Heart Of Man and Shadows. The name of the band pertains to a biblical scripture in Psalms 57:4.[1]


In The Midst Of Lions originated from the St. Louis music scene.[2] After the success of their debut album, Out Of Darkness on Strike First Records, the band signed to Facedown Records where they released The Heart of Man.[3] This album reached #30 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[4] The spring of 2010 saw them headlining the Facedown Records "Young & Wreckless Tour" with label mates A Hope for Home, Hands, and Onward To Olympas. In the summer of 2010, the band was on the "Scream The Prayer Tour" with For Today, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, A Plea for Purging and other artists.

They headlined a tour with bands such as This or the Apocalypse, Your Memorial, and No Bragging Rights.[5] They also appeared on the Over the Limit Tour with Bury Your Dead, Evergreen Terrace, Thick as Blood, along with other acts. The band released its third studio album on Facedown Records, entitled Shadows, on November 22nd, 2011.[6] This album peaked at #12 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[4] In October and November of 2011 they toured in Europe supporting War of Ages. In December of 2011 they opened for the Thrash and Burn tour. In early 2012, Matt Janssen, Sam Penner, and Jake Mitchell left the band. Ryan and Alex played one last show at Facedown Fest with Kramer Lowe from Onward With Olympas and Lazarus Rios from Leaders filled in on vocals. On August 13, the band released an official statement about their disbanding via Facebook.


Current members
  • Ryan McAllister – lead guitar (2009–2012)
  • Alex Livingston – drums (2009–2012)
  • Matt Janssen- Vocals (2009-2012)
  • Sam Penner- Rhythm Guitar (2009-2012, now in For Today)
  • Jake Mitchell- Bass guitar (2009-2012)

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Tracks
2009 Out Of Darkness

1. Awaken The Dawn (0:40)
2. Tongues Of Fire (3:01)
3. Out Of Darkness (2:23)
4. Field Of Blood (3:05)
5. Paid In Full (3:11)
6. Manifesto (2:22)
7. Crucifixion And Burial (0:58)
8. He Is Risen (3:13)
9. Herod's Demise (4:23)
10. Into The Light (0:57)

2010 The Heart of Man

1. The Heart Of Man (3:28)
2. The Pharisaic Heart (2:47)
3. The Machine (3:09)
4. Abandonment (2:03)
5. Opposition (3:43)
6. At the Feet of Creation (2:01)
7. Released (3:46)
8. Defiance (4:03)
9. Home (1:12)
10. Fearless (3:34)
11. An Awakening (2:55)
12. Reborn (3:28)

2011 Shadows[7]

1. False Idols (3:09)
2. The Call (3:05)
3. Take Your Place (2:42)
4. Overcome (3:06)
5. Cry of the Oppressed (3:16)
6. New Beginnings (3:15)
7. An Offering (2:40)
8. Hardened Hearts (3:11)
9. Prepare the Way (2:27)
10. One for All (3:56)


  1. ^ Exclusive Interview:In the Midst of Lions. HM Magazine. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  2. ^ In the Midst of Lions at Allmusic
  3. ^ Album Review, Exclaim!
  4. ^ a b Billboard, Allmusic
  5. ^ DARKEST HOUR, BORN OF OSIRIS, As Blood Runs Black, HUMAN ABSTRACT announce Spring 2011 tour. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
  6. ^ Two album reviews. Jesus Freak Hideout, November 2011.
  7. ^ In The Midst Of Lions Streaming New Song "Cry Of The Oppressed". Retrieved 2011-10-21.

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