Category Archives: Reviews
Review : Sullivan – Heavy is the Head
My review of Sullivan’s recent comeback album, Heavy is the Head, from Spartan Records.
(There is that word again. Heavy. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with Earth’s gravitational pull?)
Screaming truth against the backdrop of blistering riffs, Memphis based What We Do in Secret bombards the ears with a brand of Spirit-filled ruckus sure to excite even a casual fan of hardcore. Read the review here.
Mint-fresh review of the crowdfunded holiday EP from Christian rock’s beloved heroes.
After a decade of high-quality lyrical theology, Stephen wanted to show what it looked like in his life. Long-time listeners may grumble, but you can’t knock Stephen for trying something different. He aims to show & relate rather than teach & debate. And honestly, he pretty much succeeds on every level.
Review : Bellarive – Before There Was
Bellarive’s latest album, “Before There Was,” is an intriguing blend of innovation and mainstream worship, which ultimately disappoints.
Review : Trip Lee – Rise
One of the best feelings as a critic is to see an artist growing and putting out their best work every time. Such is the case with Trip Lee, who has once again topped his previous album & released one of the best hip hop albums of the year.
Review : Project 86 – Knives to the Future
Project 86, long one of the best and most innovative bands in all of hard rock music, returns with their second fan-funded album “Knives to the Future.” Now, we know the album is good… but, just how good? Find out here.
Review : Canon – Loose Canon Vol. 2
Canon may take a shotgun approach, but this EP will certainly please fans & serves as a good intro to one of the more underrated artists iN CHH
Kentucky based alt-metal/ hard rock band Severchain follow up their self-titled debut with a reflective piece that looks at both the joy and pain of life and dares to hold them in the same hand. The style of the album is a blending of Invincible-era Skillet, Wyrick, and Depeche Mode, with just a hint of Stavesacre in some of the vocal moments.
Review : Disciple – Attack
Veteran hard rockers Disciple return with their newest album, “Attack.” Functionally their first independent album since “Back Again,” and bringing a sound that combines that album with their later works, “Attack” is an assault from start to finish. But, does this album live up to its massively successful kickstarter campaign? Read on to find out.
Review : Lecrae – Anomaly
Finding him at his most confident, this album is a shining example of who Lecrae is as an artist and individual. It’s structure & production may be wide-ranging, but Lecrae is attempting to present his eclectic sound to the widest audience possible. But in the end, what do you expect on an album called Anomaly?
Review : Sleeping Giant – Finished People
For anyone familiar with Christian hardcore legends, Sleeping Giant, you already have a pretty good idea of what to expect on their newest release, “Finished People”. A raw production style, riffs focused more on getting the crowd moving than technicality, and front man Tom Green’s passionate vocal performance. “Finished People” takes this basic formula the band have used in the past and refines it to become perhaps the best Sleeping Giant record to date.
Review : SPZRKT – Bonfire
Streets ahead of the music found on the Top 40 charts, Bonfire is one of the best pop/R&B albums in “Christian music.” It may ruffle some feathers, yet all his influences & ambitions are compiled into a clear picture of who he is as an artist. This is the best representation of the eclectic and unique sound of SPZRKT.
Thousand Foot Krutch follow their career defining “The End is Where We Begin” with a more somber offering in “Oxygen: Inhale.” A spiritual successor to “The Art of Breaking,” TFK fans are in for a ride with this incredibly faith affirming album. But, will the more somber tone alienate those who were drawn in by their more raucous recent offering? Read on to find out more.
Review : House of Heroes – Smoke EP
Recently independent House of Heroes have now gone the fan funded route, launching their IndieGoGo campaign earlier this month. Along with the new campaign the band will be soon releasing an EP, “Smoke,” Check out the review here.
Review : Mouth of the South – Struggle Well
Expect a heaping dose of down tuned guitars and pummeling drum beats, accompanied by Josiah Lyle’s furious howling and brutally honest lyrics.
Review : Swoope – Sinema
It may take a few spins to recognize it, but Sinema may be Swoope’s true magnum opus. For now it remains the defining artistic statement of the Christian’s struggle with sin. And so far, most likely the best full-length hip hop album of 2014. I give it two thumbs up!