Label: Should Kids Have Homework.
Release Date: 07/03/2012
Reviewer: Steven A. Cosand
- Bad Blood
- No Acceptance
- Prodigal Son
- Still Alive
Gideon released their debut album entitled Costs through Facedown Records only a little over a year ago. Since then this band has been touring constantly. When I say constantly I mean I can’t even comprehend the idea of them finding the time to write and record a new album. When I first heard Costs every single bitter and jaded thought I had about hardcore was gone. I recently got to see them play with Sleeping Giant and First Blood in Mesa, AZ and even caught a quick conversation with their guitarist, Daniel.
Milestone is the perfect record for this band. There are a lot of similarities in comparison to Costs, but I don’t know why there wouldn’t be. The guitar work is intricate and nailed perfectly. A lyric video to “Still Alive” was posted recently on youtube and I must say it is still one of my favorites. The one thing I absolutely love about this band is their ability to maintain melodic overtones with soft leads. I would almost describe it as a feather in the wind, but it doesn’t kill that heavy crunch that Gideon is known for. The raw and passionate emotion is still present without sounding weak. On the other hand the acoustic title track really caught me off guard. It features soft piano and some quite ambient tones lightly drifting on top of the core. It ends entirely too soon, but fades quickly into the beginning of “Maternity” which gets the blood flowing once again.
I have said it and I will say it again and again. I do not particularly care for big production in hardcore. It’s something that I don’t find tasteful or necessarily appropriate. Yes. Milestone is what I would consider over produced, but then again I also understand that there is a reason for Milestone sounding the way it does. When I hear the pounding, dissonant and almost djent ridden riffs of songs like “Coward” and “Gutter”, that entire jaded old man thought process just kind of goes away.
Overall: There is something so youthful and refreshing about this band. Milestone stands out lyrically and musically in comparison to recent releases from both secular and Christian bands. Listening to Milestone is like a breath of fresh air. Gideon is hands down the band that has renewed my faith in Christian hardcore. I am still expecting a lot from this band. This will be on repeat and I can’t wait for the next one. “Let this fire burn and never die.”
RIYL: Hundredth, Sleeping Giant, Terror.Gideon - Milestone,
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