STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153215-23386 LABEL: Roots And Rocks FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Rob Birtley
As all their fans will know, this is the fourth studio album for the Texas-based rockers since the departure of singer Lacey Sturm. Her replacement, former Vedera singer Kristen May, rises well to the challenge with a more metal edge in her vocals, a little like Lizzie Hale of Halestorm. The band says they are "Christians who play in a rock band, and their faith is heard within their music." The message can be heard in a number of songs such as "Righteous Fire" while "Traitor" is all about trust and betrayal. "Magnetic" most closely resembles their song "New Horizons" musically. It's a song that's about relationships, between whom is left up to the listener to decide. Kristen heaps up the emotional impact on the vocal the words dripping honey-laced with bitter ire and all the more compelling. "Platonic" follows on in much the same way whilst drawing a map of how life today can devalue and cheapen commitment. All in all, 'Between The Stars' is a fine example of female fronted Alternative Metal and holds its own in the mainstream but it's heartening to detect a faith-based sensibility.
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