Verra Cruz - Innocence

Published Monday 31st March 2008
Verra Cruz - Innocence
Verra Cruz - Innocence

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 44955-13765
RELEASE DATE: 2008-03-17
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Peter John Willoughby

Following on from their first full-length album, "Emancipation Day", Verra Cruz bring us another slab of hard rock with a blues influence. They belong to that group of bands who are post-grunge rockers and have roots in the popular hard rock and heavy metal that Nirvana was so intent on crushing. They could be said to be like Pearl Jam meets Led Zeppelin. I first saw them touring with Switchfoot last winter and again at Greenbelt in the summer of 2007 on the mainstage. At Greenbelt they performed some of the songs that now appear on this album. Ravaged-voiced singer Marc James is on form and plays some seriously bluesy guitar and lapsteel, Jimmy Cooke is on drums and the new bassist is Henry Cross. Said Marc about 'Innocence', "I think that with this album we have gone deeper, allowed the songs to be what they are. For me growing up, listening to music helped me to question life, question the status quo, helped me to open my heart, helped me to feel, caused me to look for God. It's our hope that our music can do the same." Even though Marc is a powerful worship man with vineyard UK, here Verra Cruz create a hard rock album which will connect to any fan of retro-tinged blues rock, believer or not. The first three songs are full on hard rock where the band have the dynamics of a threesome in the vein of Cream, and this especially shines through on "Freedom". The lapsteel is featured on "Put The Weapon Down" and "How Long For This World" in such a way that it evokes the timeless blues vibe of Mississippi maestros. There are also mellow, thoughtful songs. The title track is dedicated to Veronica James and includes some lush orchestration with cello and violin swelling up behind the guitar. Describing the album as "a step of faith", or "lots of little steps of faith", Verra Cruz have brought together a series of timeless songs to stir your heart and move your soul.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Jon in Dereham, Norfolk @ 20:46 on Aug 12 2009

Just seen these guys live at Newday in Norwich. It was an amazing gig. How come they are not better known? I have not had such an exciting musical evening this millenium. In fact I don't think I have ever enjoyed a live band who's music was new to me as much as these guys.

Posted by Pete in sheffield @ 22:45 on Jun 26 2008

I gave it 10/10 .... but it got changed to 9/10.

Posted by Grant in Bournemouth, UK @ 19:30 on Apr 30 2008

Question is why did they not get a 10? They are way better than most christian (and non christian for that matter) bands on the scene at the moment. It's going to be very exciting to see what the future holds for these guys

Posted by Scott in Castledawson @ 23:18 on Mar 31 2008

Verra Cruz possess serious musicanship and are also sound guys off stage- the quality of music i recently heard at a gig in N.Ireland has put them right up there with the best of British any genre. God bless this new album and what the guys put their hands to in 2008.

Posted by Finchley in Liverpool @ 13:00 on Mar 31 2008

love these guys. was a treat supporting them last year at New Wine.

Can't wait to get hold of the new album

Posted by John in Bosnia @ 08:38 on Mar 17 2008

Verra Cruz is certainly an awesome blues-rock band (of which there is a dire lack of, these days). I'm very much looking forward to buying their newest album!

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