STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 148662-21619 LABEL: Retroactive RAR7996 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Samuel Parker
The Encyclopedia Of Contemporary Christian Music called this Canadian neo-metal band, who enjoyed good sales in the '80s, "a sanctified alternative to Bon Jovi." Now this remastered re-issue of their 1986 album gives a new era of rock fans a chance to hear what all the fuss was about. 'Rise Up' has a suitable-for-arenas title track and in "Bethel" what that Encyclopedia called "an air guitar headbanging screamer." This album's not quite 100 per cent heavy rock though. Just as you think you're in for 10 heavy rock hits, Daniel Band introduce a ballad in the form of "My Children" three songs from the end, signalling a change in mood for the final three songs on the album. 'Rise Up' is Daniel Band's proof that Christian rock can rival that of the secular and having successfully achieved the fusion of the classic rock sound with lyrics which focus on redemption and a journey of finding one's faith in the Creator. If you like classic rock with a challenging message, 'Rise Up' is for you despite the passing of 28 years.
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