STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 118568-18553 LABEL: Bema 850346002462 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-09-27 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
This 2011 release has already considerable Cross Rhythms airplay with "Good Times" being something of a turntable hit. Clearly a band who have evolved from the aggressive rock flavour of 'Reason For Motion' and 'Reset & Rewind' through to the pop dance flavourings of 2009's 'Blue', their fourth release is surely their best with producer Bob Wells upping the keyboard work and ensuring the band deliver several radio-friendly anthems. As well as the aforementioned "Good Times", "Halo" is a lot of fun with its tongue-in-cheek line "I rock my halo". Just as arresting is "Count 123" while the title track has a powerful line aimed at the peer pressure of modern youth culture, "Just don't play the game." Rock purists may criticise the Canadian band's move away from the alt rock sounds of old but for those who simply want punchy, melodically catchy songs delivered with the maximum of passion, this is an outstanding set.
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From Toronto comes a band that expands the boundaries of rock to exciting new places. Manic Drive delivers a musical depth and musical prowess few ever attain.
From songs accented by pregnant pauses that give birth to bone-snapping hardcore to tracks masterfully painted using a complex palette, these Canadian boys deliver a rock album as creative as anything you've ever heard. One listen to Manic Drive and you'll realise the talent they posses designates them amongst an elite pedigree of musicians. One view of their live show and you'll know you've witnessed something truly special and after one conversation, you'll understand their passionate desire to reach a generation for Christ.
Following a string of radio hits, non-stop touring, and network television exposure, Manic Drive's Epic will propel them even further into the consciousness of music fans the world over and will open doors for ministry to this band like never before.