In the late 90s, I lived in Atlanta, GA, doing inner-city ministry and discipleship training. An old college friend of mine from the area, Darrel, invited me to a show south of the city. Blindside were doing a U.S. tour and this new band was opening, featuring ex-members of Spudgun and Joe Christmas. I’d been hearing from others about the intensity of their live shows so I was eager to attend. Pop-punkers Jesse and the Rockers also played, as well as a new band made up of high school kids, called Luti-Kriss that never went anywhere (I kid!) World Against World were incredible. Not only were they unique musically, but they were upfront with faith, and they carried this mysterious vibe about them as well.
It wasn’t long until their debut dropped and I rushed to pick it up. What I found was mesmerizing, and hard to classify. It was hardcore punk, but not quite anything like anything I’d ever heard before. In fact, it’s probably the closest thing to crust-punk that the Christian scene has ever produced, but even that tag doesn’t do them justice. They flirted with doom metal riffs, and loved to play in compound time signatures like 6/8 and 12/8 but at breakneck speed. One of the top 10 punk albums in the Christian scene! Sadly, they only released one album with members turning up in The Orcrist, The Souls Unrest and Royal Thunder (Relapse Records).
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