Rival Choir - I Believe, Help My Unbelief

Published Friday 27th May 2016
Rival Choir - I Believe, Help My Unbelief
Rival Choir  - I Believe, Help My Unbelief

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 160550-21566
LABEL: Facedown

Reviewed by Ian Webber

Emerging like a phoenix from an earlier incarnation, Mouth Of The South, this Texas-based metalcore band have arrived with a much more subtle and mature approach to loud and heavy. Recognisable from the outset are Josiah Lyle's emotional and strained raw shouts which still spit with fury. He has, however, also managed to include more nuances in delivery which communicate effectively over some inventive and hard-hitting rhythms. In many ways, incessant riffs and regular breakdowns have stepped back to be replaced by a fresher layered wash of guitars which reminds me of Underoath's 'Disambiguation'. "Quiet Life" is an example where the brutal onslaught is paused to allow some keys and more melodic vocals to shine through. The recording moves seamlessly through a range of styles but is always fast paced and fluid. With its aggressive drum rhythms underpinning some hard hitting lyrics, "Beggar" sets up the theme of the album: "Show me just how poor I really am/Illuminate the distance between your will and my plans," opening up an honest exploration of a crisis of faith. There are a raft of themes that are sure to resonate with a large proportion of listeners and lay down a backbone of ideas that is then summed up in the closing title track with its more progressive and experimental feel. In Rival Choir, Facedown Records have a band that are delivering a fresh take on metalcore that will not be to everyone's taste with its lack of traditional elements, but one that provides much to chew over for those looking for loud music with a lyrically mature edge.

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