Debuting on RockFest Records–the groundbreaking label founded by Seventh Day Slumber frontman Joseph Rojas last year–Closer To Chaos finds the group returning to their melodic rock roots with a collection of 10 brand new songs.
Produced by Seventh Day Slumber's Jeremy Holderfield, with three selections co-produced and co-written by Disciple's Josiah Prince, Closer To Chaos tackles a range of issues, including emotional trauma, self-worth and sobriety, among other topics.
"This project addresses seasons of suffering in life," Rojas explains. "We all experience times of deep pain and feeling overwhelmed, and sometimes our faith is truly tested. Through these songs we want listeners to know that suffering is only for a season. Just because you can't see beyond this doesn't mean God isn't there. He has an amazing plan for you and there is Hope. You are not too far gone to be forgiven and you're never out of the reach of God. Hope is waiting–you just have to reach out."
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Hope Amidst Chaos| Posted May 25, 2019 What You Need To Know: Seventh Day Slumber has long been a staple of Christian rock, quietly riding in the background of the industry while other acts have come and gone. Now they return with their rockiest release in years.
What It Sounds Like:
Seventh Day Slumber has found success both for their raw hard rock sound as well as a rock-driven worship sound. The styles have often dueled from album to album, with some even splitting the difference between the two. With a rumored worship release forthcoming, Closer to Chaos eschews softer material entirely and goes all in on a full-fledged rockfest. Rousing opener "Alive Again" is an instant SDS classic and should remind listeners of the band's Finally Awake album. Guitar hooks drive standouts such as "Burning an Empire" and "Light It Up." No songs really tone down the guitars enough to be considered legitimate ballads, keeping the octane level high from the first riff to the last. That said, songs like "Still Breathing" offer enough melodic power to balance some of the more aggressive highs.
Seventh Day Slumber has always been among the boldest rock acts around. "The Letter" is a suicide letter exploring the feelings of someone so lost in their pain that they'd consider suicide. "Still Breathing" offers a counterpoint of someone saved through Christ. "Burning an Empire" talks about our selfishness as a nation in throwing Christ out so we can justify our sin. One line that feels relevant amidst certain debates in politics today: "We want to decide who lives and who dies/we let the unborn pay the price/All just murder for hire/so we can fill our desires/and we go on with our own lives." "Drama" also employs a critique of our current societal failings. Yet, there are also proclamations of hope, triumph, and seeing value in ourselves in songs like "Alive Again" and "Your Eyes." For every examination of the cracks of our fallen world, the band also shows the hope of Christ, who mends those wounds.
Best Song on the Album: "Alive Again" is probably the most "single-worthy" track, but the consistent quality from start to finish makes it hard to pick a favorite.
Fans of the edgier side of Seventh Day Slumber have an album they've waited years for with the band's most aggressive full-length effort in years. With relevant themes and a raw guitar rock energy that is increasingly rare in this decade's music, Closer to Chaos may prove one of the choice releases of the year for rock fans.