STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 154206-22680 LABEL: Tate Music Group FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Tulsa-based rockers Hardie Avenue have notched up 10 years together and their self-titled latest release sees the band present a collection of tracks that deal with heavier matters such as self-harming, suicidal thoughts and depression whilst offering up hope through a relationship with Christ. Set to the group's trademark heavy rock style that takes no prisoners, proceedings kick off in pounding and riff-laden fashion with "Can't Live Like This" to set the scene for an album that maintains a sense of urgency throughout on account of a thundering performance from drummer Steve Allie whilst lead vocalist Yuriy Mayba shouts and growls his way to good effect through some undeniably angst-ridden lyrics. Reading between the lines, it's clear that the band have a ministry of sorts that reaches to the broken - their website states that a girl was saved from committing suicide after attending a Hardie Avenue gig - and this release yo-yos between triumphant declarations of victory through Christ and songs about being in the depths of despair. For instance, the likes of "I Am A Christian" and "Indestructible" - the latter featuring a cameo from Pillar frontman Rob Beckley - are shouted from the mountain top before the band swoop down into the valley with the intense spoken word track "Ceremony" and the hard-hitting "Vapor In Air". A collaboration with rapper Manafest on the more pop-orientated "Dance With My Hero" closes this worthy release on a much needed upbeat note.
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