STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 144212-21047 LABEL: Thumper Punk FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Paul S Ganney
Doug Jutras decided he needed clarity in his life - Jesus provided it and this CD reflects that. 'God Bless The World, Not Just America' comes out fighting with Doug and his mates shouting lines like "Love God" over buzzsaw guitar - subtle it is not. It reminded me a certain amount of British Christian punk pioneers Bill Mason Band (who Fear God have probably never heard), particularly the slower bits such as the spoken verses of "What Am I Doing Here" and the use of the bass guitar to provide the riff. Other elements are more Sham 69 meets The Sex Pistols (especially "Closer He Gets To You"). I think the vocals were a bit high in the mix which detracted a touch from the energy of the band but when they get it right as on "Can't U Be There" and allow the slightly psychedelic guitar figure to come through it's a compelling sound. Lyrically, for a genre that usually focuses so much on anger and injustice, Fear God focus very much on forgiveness and acceptance by God through Jesus, doing so in simple sound bites and repeated motifs (some of which would be very powerful to hear a whole concert hall chanting). Best track is "What Am I Doing Here" (although "Happy Birthday Dad" will be in your head for a week).
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