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Horseshoes & Handgrenades [edit]
by Disciple | Genre: Hard Rock/Metal | Release Date: September 14, 2010

Known for their amazing live shows, relentless touring and numerous hit songs, such as "After The World" (#1 CHR) and "Things Left Unsaid" (Top 5 CHR), Disciple once again delivers intense, driving rock with their new release, Horseshoes and Handgrenades. Disciple energetically ramps up their songwriting and sound while staying grounded with their messages of faith and hope to a hurting world.

Track Listing
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01. Dear X (You Don't Own Me)
02. Watch It Burn
03. Invisible
04. The Ballad of St. Augustine
05. Shot Heard 'Round the World
06. Collision
07. Battle Lines
08. Remedy
09. Eternity
10. Revolution: Now
11. Deafening
12. Worth the Pain

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Horseshoes & Handgrenades | Posted September 30, 2010
After nearly two decades of making music, Disciple continues to be a force within the Christian hard rock genre. The Knoxville-based band’s eighth studio release, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, packs in all that fans have come to love about Disciple- fist-pumping, mosh-worthy metal tracks, melodic rock songs, stirring power ballads, potent lyrics, and a powerful message.

Mid-tempo rocker “Dear X” provides a strong start to Horseshoes & Handgrenades, with a solid melody, crunchy guitars, and backing strings. But it’s not the explosive track that would be expected to kick of a Disciple record. In fact, there are quite a few mid-tempo rock songs on this record. “Eternity” starts off deceivingly like a hard rock track but quickly shows its true colors as an alt. rock sing with a melodic chorus. “Collision” and “Invisible” are radio-ready tracks, similar in vein to “Dear X.”

Make no mistake though, Horseshoes & Handgrenades is not for the faint of heart. “Watch It Burn” is classic Disciple- fiery metal riffs and spitting vocals. “Shot Heard Round The World” also has an old school Disciple flare to it. “The Ballad
of St. Augustine” is a bit deceiving in it’s title, as it is certainly no ballad. It’s actually one of Disciple’s hardest songs, with
brutal guitar riffs throughout.

Disciple’s lyrics are as potent as ever (Infiltrated crawling on the inside/Crooked hands put us all in their chains/Wrapping nooses all around the halos/Another chemical making my blood insane – “Watch It Burn”), but the lyrics are not without purpose. One of the things I love about Disciple is that their CD booklets list the Bible passages that the songs came out of. A few tracks have verses paired with almost every lyrical line.

Disciple will surely pick up new fans with Horseshoes & Handgrenades, as it is their most accessible album to date. However, it is not too much of a departure from their original sound that it will alienate longtime fans.

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Wow | Posted July 23, 2010
I can hear the haters now: "Disciple has gone soft." Yeah sure, this CD starts of with mellow strings and a ballad in "Dear X (You Don't Own Me)," but "Watch it Burn" packs a decent punch and great break downs; ends up being a great rock song. "Invisible" is "After the World" turned up, and kick up a few tempo notches. Great song from God to us. I don't know how many times I've felt like being someone else, and then I realize that I am not "Invisible" to God. God sees me and love me, no matter how ridiculous I can get. "Invisible" has become a top 5 Disciple song for me.
At this point in the CD, it only picks up from here. "The Ballad of St. Augustine" starts of with a wicked drum line makes you say, "Oh, yeah! Bring on the old school!" Sounds like something that could fit on "Back Again" or "This May Sting A Little." This is a solid rocker, and you begin to recognize the absences of Tim and the presence of Trent on drums. The breakdown around 3:11 is ear candy; too bad it is short lived. The old school feel continues with "Shot Heard 'Round the World." I can't wait to mosh with this one (With my bloody fist raised/You can't stop this fire now/You can't blow it out!)
With "Collision" we get two things: a breather, and the next single. For a band who has come a long way, it's okay to have a few radio-friendly songs on your CD. Especially with a song like "Battle Lines" next in line.
I must say "Battle Lines" is the most wicked (in a good way) Disciple song I have heard. This is what "Game On" wish it could be. It is a brief song, but a very fast paced thrill ride.
"Remedy" could be another single. It's not bad, and after "Battle Lines," it is a nice change of pace. I actually enjoyed Disciple's use of the string arrangements they used, and on this song it is particular fitting. The pace, breakdowns, and lyrics are uplifting and refreshing it the most rocking sense you can get. While not a favorite on this CD, I still enjoyed it.
Next in line is "Eternity," a decent rocker that point beyond the Cross to the point we are in God's presence for eternity. This has to be the most worshipful Disciple has gotten on a CD. I will go on a limb and actually call this a worship song, though many will disagree; but just listen to the lyrics. What headbanger wouldn't want to raise their hands and worship God with this one.
"Revolution: Now," starts of with some weird electronic beeps, and the strings are back for this song as well. This is another flat out rock song, and something old fans may go "uh" at, while new fans will go "YEAH!" Just listen for the faint water echo thingie (that's what I call it) in the song and then the break down at 2:11. It's all fitting because of what the song title is; but it's interesting for a Disciple song--still enjoyable. Love the guitar work throughout this song.
"Deafening" is about hearing God and about coming back to Him. One of my favorites on this CD. It has great lyrics and pacing. "It's never too're never too far away."
Finishing up this CD is "Worth the Pain," that draws out the piano to drive into the song. This song is nothing like any Disciple fan has heard from them. It is hands down the best song on the disk. All the elements of this song work beautifully together. Definitely a song worth replying a couple times before replying the CD because you are going to want to that too.

Closing thoughts:
"This May Sting A Little," "Back Again," "By God," "Scars Remain," and now "Horseshoes & Hand-grenades" are the best albums from Disciple. With H&H, we get to hear a different side of Disciple, and we get back to what makes Disciple, Disciple. Forget "Southern Hospitality," which was a 3 star performance, and get ready to be blown away. Album highlights: "Watch it Burn," "Invisible," "The Ballad of St. Augustine," "Shot Heard 'Round the World," "Battle Lines," "Eternity," and "Worth the Pain." Get the pre-order and you don't have to wait until 9/14 to get your face rocked off. (Note: this is the most biased review you'll probably read. I've been a huge Disciple fan since "What was I Thinking?")

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Disciple's Horseshoes & Hand Grenades | Posted August 12, 2010
In one word, amazing! Disciple fans will definitely not be disappointed with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. It's overall a great album, maybe even one of their best yet. With songs like "Dear X" and "Shot Heard 'Round the World", this album is sure to be a favorite of christian rock fans.

You can still pre-order Horseshoes & Hand Grenades at Disciple's website. and instantly download a digital copy of the album.

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Beanie17 (52)

This Rocks! | Posted November 05, 2012
I realy like this album because it really rocks. I love head-banging to it and singing along. I really like "Dear X, You don's own me" and "Invisible."If you like to rock, you will love this album. I bought this after seeing Disciple in concert. The lead-singer is so passionate when he sings, it is really inspiring.

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Personal Experience with this album | Posted November 05, 2012
Personally, I had never really been into the screamo type bands, but the year this CD was set to come out my best friend and I went to Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord Michigan and she was drawn in to the CD cover art that was displayed. I noticed that they had a deal set up where you could preorder two copies of the CD. SOLD!! we ordered them and when they finally showed up at my door, i was super excited to get to hear them. They have a wide variety of songs on this album. Screamo, softer, rock your face off while head banging, every type you could dream of. I have since brought so many people to become Disciple lovers because of this album being on my iTunes and having my iPod always on shuffle. Kids I don't even know at my college are asking what i'm listening to and yelling that they're going to go buy some of the songs right then. Now that there is a new album coming out, i'm really excited to see what they have in store for us. KEEP MAKING MUSIC!!

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Amazing | Posted July 31, 2012
Last year I bought this CD for my best friend. Now we absolutly love it. We are almost always playing it or quoting a song from it to each other.
I think that this is an amazing CD, that the songs are great. I may of had to listen to it a couple time to like all the songs but I do.

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Great New Music | Posted April 10, 2012
Horseshoes and Handgrenades brings Disciple back to the forefront of Christian rock.  It's not as hard as some of their past albums, but still has no shortage of bang your head, rockfist in the air, moments.  This albums seems more mature and developed than prvious ones, but certainly doesn't destory their previous image.  It is a fantastic album that any rock fan will enjoy.

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Disciple's "Horseshoes and Handgernades" | Posted February 02, 2011
Disciple astounds yet again with their newest release, Horseshoes and Handgernades. This album displays their unique sound and how they've evolved as a band over the years. Horseshoes and Handgernades features strings on various tracks, including their single "Dear X, You Don't Own Me" and it works amazingly. One thing noticed on this album is they've toned down the screams compared to their previous albums, but the hardcore Disciple fan will be pleased to hear tracks like "Battle Lines" which does feature Disciple's more known heavier sound.

As someone who never was completely satisfied with previous Disciple releases, Horseshoes and Handgernades definitely grabbed and held my interest as I feel this release brings a sound that everyone will love. I encourage you to at least give it a listen on their site, or Youtube to find for yourself how you feel, but I would suggest this to anyone into a more hardcore rock sound.

~Review by Dan Talvi

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Much Better | Posted November 01, 2010
The band's third album is much better than the second. Their first album was wonderful and they took a step back with the last one. This one brings them back. Their song "Dear X" is such a powerful song. It is very catchy and one of those songs I enjoy getting stuck in my head. If you haven't seen the youtube about the story about the song, you should. It is so powerful.

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Good stuff! | Posted October 30, 2010
A wonderful album (even though I was hoping for another Southern Hospitality). They have gone back to the self-titled/Scares Remain Sound, with many influences from Skillet, and (I think, anyway) As I Lay Dying. Plus the album cover is totally awesome. How can you go wrong with a horseshoe on a hand grenade?

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