Vertical - Este Es El Tiempo

Published Thursday 7th March 2013
Vertical - Este Es El Tiempo
Vertical - Este Es El Tiempo

STYLE: Latin
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 122986-19460
LABEL: Integrity 49472
EXTRAS: Accompanying DVD
RELEASE DATE: 2012-02-27
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Paddy Hudspith

Hailing from Guatemala, Vertical bring us 2012's 'Este Es El Tiempo [This Is The Time]', the latest in a string of popular Spanish language rock albums. The four guys - namely Alejandro Quiroa (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Felipe Granados (bass), Hugo Castillo (electric guitar) and Carlos "Meme" Cordon (drums) - heavily base their sound on Delirious? circa 'King Of Fools' and Rick Heil-era Sonicflood, purposefully eschewing any traditional Latin sounds in their laudable mission to bring accessible modern worship to the youth of Central America and beyond. It's mostly mid-tempo 90s AOR here, really tightly produced and slickly delivered, occasionally slowing down for the likes of "Glorioso Salvador [Glorious Saviour]", and closing with "Santo, Santo, Santo", a rocked-up version of Reginald Heber's hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty (Nicaea)". An inspirational sound, and a useful reminder (especially to Western ears used to worshipping in English) that every tribe and tongue can and will bring praise to the Lord. Great stuff!

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Product Description

Dove Award nominees Vertical is credited as the first in bringing the modern worship movement to Latin America.

Their new 10-track CD Este Es El Tiempo (Now Is The Time), continues their pioneering ways as they push forward their Guatemalan influenced modern worship sound to Spanish-speaking worshippers around the world.

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