Earth Groans is a must-listen-to metalcore band for any fan of rock music. Their style of hardcore is chaotic and super aggressive. Since their debut release, Renovate, in 2016, Earth Groans has continued to deliver quality new metal music--yearly, in fact (the band released two EPs in 2020).
Their latest release, The Body, is definitely one of their best EPs yet. I wanted to dive deeper into the great songwriting, and lead vocalist Jeremy Schaeffer, the artist behind the intense vocals and poetic lyrics, was kind enough to indulge. Here are his personal thoughts about each song on the new EP.
The song's name represents communion, but the song itself does not. "Take" is about people of authority who act out of a selfish ambition to gain no matter the cost. The song's about prominent people who abuse power to take advantage of others--this includes people who claim to be persons of faith that use God's name in vain.
This song is probably the most literal song when it comes to communion. It's a reminder that Christ sacrificed His body as a living sacrifice for us. That by his sacrifice we are able to wear the crown of life. By his sacrifice, we are saved.
"Drink" is all about the seasons that we face in life. We are all hopefully coming out of a season of drought and isolation. The song tells a story of a farmer who relies on the ground to produce his livelihood but is facing a drought. I think we can all agree this season of life has been a drought of isolation. In the final lines of the song, there is a glimmer of hope as the farmer hears thunder in the distance. He finally has hope that the drought is coming to an end just as we have the same hope.
This song talks about how we as humans are vessels: we are whatever we fill ourselves with. We are only as good as what we allow into our bodies and minds. If we fill ourselves with God, we will pour out love, mercy, grace, and joy: the wonderful transformation that happens when we allow God to take control of our lives.
"Believe" is about the church and its potential. We need each other. And, when we come together as one body, imagine the effect we can have on the world. 1st Corinthians describes the body and how we each have a role to play to make it function. We have each been given gifts to contribute to the body to make the world a better place.
Ryan Adams lives with his family in Montana. He has been NRT's Rock Reporter since 2018. He graduated Boise Bible College in 2017.
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