Mass - New Birth (Anniversary Remasters Edition)

Published Saturday 3rd May 2014
Mass - New Birth (Anniversary Remasters Edition)
Mass - New Birth (Anniversary Remasters Edition)

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 148996-21637
LABEL: Retroactive RAR7997

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Retroactive Records have been doing such a great job of bringing long lost albums from Christian music history back to life that they should be called Resurrection Records. In this case the band Mass have a real gem of an album, 'New Birth' which was released on mainstream label RCA. The band had previously been signed but then dropped by A&M Records so it's clear that they held their ground with metal contemporaries in the '80s. Fronted by the glorious vocals of the wonderfully named Louis St August (now isn't that the perfect Spinal Tap-style metal name?) this is tight crunchy metal with great guitar work from Gene D'Itria (Spinal Tap again?) that stands up well nearly 30 years after release. This stands at the intersection of melodic metal and hard rock but with enough edge to give the album a powerful punch. (Did someone say hairbands?) For me tracks like "Too Far Gone" and "Watch Her Walk" are ear catching, energetic metal anthems which have lost none of their appeal. "Time" is overdriven rock and "Back To Me" packs a riffy punch. You can see why mainstream labels would take a punt on the band and it's great all these years later that Christian rock and hard music fans get a chance to get to know the band.

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Reader Comments

Posted by tommy greenawalt in leominster ma. @ 22:07 on May 5 2014

This album was and is just the tip of the iceberg for these great musicians and people as great as this album is the best was yet to come the album voices in the night has a very edgy sound much like stryper because Michael Sweet produced and sang background vocals. The title track is amazing. Along with hooky riffs and Louis vocals are tremendous my favorite from that album is reach for the sky a metal anthem and a crowd if you get the chance to See them live do yourself a favor and do it you will not be disappointed.rock on!!!!

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