Kosher - White Lies

Friday 1st December 2000
Kosher - White Lies
Kosher - White Lies

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Back in Cross Rhythms 57 Alex Figgis enthused about Kosher's debut EP 'Virtual Criminal' and with the title track getting Cross Rhythms radio play, the time is now ready for a full album's worth. The same elements that made the hard hitting rap-core of 'Virtual Criminal' so engaging are evident here with Mo Sullivan's croaking vocals pushed to the max by the ferociously jagged guitar lines of Mike Spear. Standouts are the spine-tingling denouncement of a lying culture title track, where the elements of an eerie guitar riff, semi-spoken vocals and funky rhythm samples combine to make a truly arresting opener. The impact is maintained. Cut ups from all manner of sources play against dazzling studio effects, pile-driving guitars and vocals, (whispered and bawled, croaked and screamed), gell in a roller coaster of mutant hardcore dynamics. Just grab those eerie effects on "Defcom", the rapid rap on "Rat Race" or that chilling, bawled hook "black is black" on "Kilderednek". Lyrics are in the main dark, brooding denouncements of a culture spiralling out of control. There are spiritual references, "Evolution Is A Lie" makes reference to a Heaven where there is no pain while "Revelation Manna" speaks of the dynamics of spiritual understanding breakthrough. Mostly though, the band's lyrical approach is poetic and oblique rather than the spell-out-the-Gospel approach of the subculture. In the same way that the sadly missed Dub War brought a fresh take on hard music, these guys have the chops to be every bit as influential. Britain's answer to P.O.D. have arrived.

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Reader Comments

Posted by David Pearson in CA @ 20:09 on Jun 20 2019

These guys a legit cant find the album any where LOL

Posted by john havana in Philippines @ 08:25 on Feb 7 2018

Hey sir where can we download

Kosher and axlanbays songs any link for full songs ?? Please God speed

Posted by Matthew Walker in Indiana, USA @ 02:34 on Jan 26 2018

where do you buy the Kosher and Axlanbay albums or download them I can't find them anywhere and I collect Christian nu metal

Posted by jhen villanueva in tarlac philippines @ 01:48 on Sep 1 2017

Why are these bands were unpopular
Sir can you help me find the music of kosher, and axlanbay
I just want to show the world that their are also christian nu metal bands existing . All i only have is Gen's Rites of refusal , cause theyre on youtube. Can you create a youtube channel for christian nu metal band .

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