STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 5407-5231 LABEL: New Breed FLD9116 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
The fact that it's taken nearly two years to see this gem of an album released in the UK should not deter lovers of quality rock music. Dubbed an 'alternative' band by America's Christian music industry (meaning they sound more like the 77s and Choir than Michael W Smith and Petra) their billowing, droning, eery sound has dated not an iota while the lyrics pitched artfully at the spiritual seeker bite with all the power of an encounter with the utterly convinced. Michael Pritzl's lead voice is a wonderous hoarse bellow on the rockers and hoarseley soulful on the climatic ballads, The guitar work from the guys, be it open hired drone (ala Choir) or funk rhythm on "If You Let Me" is mean and nasty. The best cuts are the heavy metalish "Love Is A Loaded Gun", the strutting "Groove Baby ~ White Soul" and the truly devastating ballad The Killing". In the States there's a new Violet Burning album out but catch this one first.
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