Gideon is an American Christian heavy metal outfit hailing from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who were established in 2008. The groups' current label imprint is Facedown Records and former was Strike First Records. In 2011, the band came out with a studio album called Costs with Strike First. Their second studio album was issued in 2012, titled Milestone, under current imprinter Facedown.
In 2008, the band started in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They are made up of vocalist Daniel McWhorter, lead guitarist Daniel McCartney, bassist Timmy Naugher and drummer Jake Smelley.
The outfit released an independent extended play project in 2010 with their self-titled Gideon EP. They got pick up by the smaller label division Strike First Records of Facedown Records in 2011 shortly before they debuted their first studio album Costs. Eventually, the band got the attention of Facedown, who signed the band before the release of Milestone in 2012 making it their second studio album. Even better, the second album had some prowess on a few Billboard charts and those were the Christian Albums and Heatseekers Albums.
Sources have put their music into various genres, everything from soft alternative metal, melodic hardcore, and melodic metalcore, to the harder styles of crossover thrash, hardcore punk, and metalcore. However, the band have slowly started to pursue a harder style eschewing the more melodic styles in favor towards the thrash side of the spectrum. At its core, the music is Christian metal for its sacred elements and heavy metal in its holistic encompassing totality of the sounds it contains.