STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 177105-28743 LABEL: BEC Recordings FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Andy Shaw
This is the 12th studio album from the hard rocking band from Knoxville, Tennessee and their second to be released on Tooth & Nail Records. The veterans have undergone a number of lineup changes over the years with the only constant being founder and frontman Kevin Young. The title of the album is a reference to the Bible as the love letter with the kill shot referring to the call to die to self and live for Christ. Throughout the album, there is a recurring theme of dealing with the struggles of life and pointing to God as our strength and hope in those times. The opening track "Cuff The Criminal" catches you a bit by surprise, sounding like an EDM track featuring a staccato synth lead intro before the guitars and drums kick in and pick up the intensity. "Reanimate" follows, providing an adrenaline shot with screamed vocals, heavy guitar riffs and a classic metal breakdown and guitar solo. There is a good blend of melodic, radio-friendly hard rock ("Fire Away") contrasted with hard-hitting full throttle metal riffs ("Wake Up") all delivered with passionate, powerful vocals. Andrew Schwab of Project 86 makes a guest appearance on "Panic Room" which is one of the standout tracks, showcasing Disciple's ability to craft great hard rock melodies, heavy guitar riffs and technical guitar solos. When a band has been around for as long as they have, it can be very easy to get stuck in a rut churning out carbon copy albums or resting on the success of the past but that is not the case with Disciple. They have evolved their sound to keep it sounding as fresh as ever.
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