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Taming Tongues Review | Posted February-25-2020


What You Need To Know:

Dens is a four-piece rock band, based in Richmond, Virginia, that seeks to find the overlap between energetic entertainment and contemplative reverence. The success of their last release, No Small Tempest EP, has made the band a fan-favorite with their record label, Facedown Records. Now, Dens is back with Taming Tongues, their new, second full-length album (their first full-length with Facedown Records). The track list spells out, "Even wise men are wise when they learn to keep quiet" (Proverbs 17:28). Dens has taken a very creative method, which uses each word as the main theme for the song they accompany. For example, the chorus in "Even" shouts, "It's not about getting even." 



What it Sounds Like:

Taming Tongues builds on the strengths of the No Small Tempest EP and introduces fresh new sounds and styles. Well-used musical transitions are commonplace, whether it be the intro, outro, or between verses and choruses. These instrumental gaps give appropriate time to digest the wisdom that Dens sings about--and prepares you for more. The chugging guitars and commanding drumming are accompanied by captivating vocals that soar from soft melodies to gritty screams. 



Spiritual Highlights:

Thanks to the fact that the track list is taken from scripture, finding spiritual highlights is not a difficult task. Each song offers wisdom and advice, in ways that I often found comparable to Proverbs and Psalms. "Even" has a line that says, "an eye for an eye leaves all the world blind"; this can be backed by Jesus' command to love our enemies instead of fighting back, in Matthew 5. "Foolish" has Leroy Hemp's (War of Ages) guest vocals screaming on the bridge, "even foolish men are wise when they learn to keep quiet," followed by a great instrumental piece. "Men" has a really neat poetic format in the chorus with which it contemplates the question, "what defines man?" It is followed by clever lyrical writing that suggests that man is defined by the tongue, hands, heart, and head. The album is full of this kind of proverbial wisdom and psalmic lyrical writing. The closing track needs to be mentioned for its particular difference. The intro to "Quiet" is piano-driven and melodic. The choir-based chorus is captivating. The music gets heavier as the song progresses, while these beautiful, eternal words are sung over and over:

"When You speak, the earth it quakes

When You speak, the fires rage

When all is quiet, there You are"





Best Song on the Record:

Every song is expertly created in unique ways that differentiate each. They focus on different themes and aspects of the band's strengths, offering new experiences, sounds, and messages sent with each song. Picking a best song almost seems subjective. "When" would be my personal choice that offers a showcase of every strength on the album, from musically, vocally, and thematically. The verses are compelling. The chorus is heavy and gripping, screaming "Today if I'm honest, you must be asleep from what I see/So, now if you notice, this feels like eternity to me/Are you listening?" This reminds me of some of King David's great Psalms. The bridge offers a vulnerable perspective on feeling hopeless saying, "Thought I could have it all and leave a legacy/Maybe I got it wrong and it just ends with me." The ending of the song screams, "When will this end". Altogether, "When" is a masterpiece. Although it is not the most hopeful, it is very honest and relatable, and many times, that is just as encouraging as a hopeful song. 



For Fans Of:

Comrades, Everything in Slow Motion, My Epic


Final Word: 

If No Small Tempest EP caught your attention and you liked what you heard, Taming Tongues will solidify you as a life-long Dens fan. When Paul, in Colossians 3:23, told us whatever we do, do it with all our heart, Dens applied this to every single aspect of this album. You can hear each band member passionately pour their heart in every individual song, resulting in an excellent and captivating album. No matter where you are in life, Taming Tongues has at least one song written just for you. Facedown Records has an increasingly impressive roster growing. And, Dens deserves to be at the forefront thanks to Taming Tongues. 

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In Love. In Hope. In Peace Review | Posted February-07-2020
What You Need To Know:

Fight The Fade is an American rock band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, formed in 2009. They have come to be well-known for their anthemic rock songs and vulnerable, relatable lyrics in their music. The new album, In Love. In Hope. In Peace., features sounds, styles, and lyrics unlike anything they have done in past. Lead singer, Zene Smith, explains the change, "This album is different from our previous albums, but in the best way. We really try never to put out a record that sounds just like the previous one because we like to challenge ourselves as artists... As a result, we've got songs that are vastly different from each other, and I think that's great." The best mindset to approach new styles in music is an open mindset, and this album will reward that perspective. 



What it Sounds Like:

In Love. In Hope. In Peace. frontiers a different style as mentioned. You would struggle to find much Christian-based rock or metal closely resembling it in the last two decades. Electronic hard rock is the name of the game here. Electronic and techno elements are woven into most tracks, while retaining Zene's signature vocal range and the band's instrumental talent. A couple songs retain their modern rock sound, which offers some nice comfortable styles. 



Spiritual Highlights:

Fight The Fade has written songs that reach into the depths of human struggles in life, while retaining hopeful messages throughout. "What's Left" reflects back on the hardships in life that can bring growth, claiming "What's left of me is stronger than what you've ever seen." "Consumed" reassures the listener that it is not gonna be easy. But, the chorus boldly screams "run up to the frontline. No, won't stand down tonight... not without a fight, you can't stop us now." These songs remind me of 2 Corinthians 4:8-10. In the middle of the album, "Heart" brings a beautiful ballad of surrender that is sure to be a fan-favorite with its melody and honesty. Finally, if you're still unsure of the band's beliefs, "The Answer" provides an answer: "There's only one place where I can let go." And, we know from their heart, that place is in Christ. 



Best Song on the Record:

The songs throughout this album span a variety of sounds, styles, and lyrics, which leads to picking a best song on it would ultimately come down to a personal favorite, in my opinion. "The Answer" is an exemplary song that showcases a mix of both their familiar rock sound and some electronic elements. Meanwhile, "Everything Is Fine?" and "Consumed" are totally new experiences for any Fight the Fade fans: a mix of electronic influences and different lyrical styles. 



For Fans Of:

Death Therapy, Starset



Final Word: 

Fight the Fade has created a truly memorable album with In Love. In Hope. In Peace. They may lose fans over the stylistic changes. But, the intentionality and creativity are sure to bring in new fans and solidify the rest of their fans. Fight the Fade is one of the most talented bands in rock, and In Love. In Hope. In Peace. proves this fact. If anyone is searching for music to speak to them in the middle of their struggles, music that offers love, hope, and peace, then this is the album for the heart and ears. 

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Wilderness Review | Posted January-10-2020
What You Need To Know:

Cliffside is an independent, djent metalcore band from Canada. Wilderness is their debut EP which is a cohesive and impressive start for this band. 2019 was just the beginning for these guys. They have received a very positive reception and you can hopefully expect more soon. 



What it Sounds Like:

Taylor and Joel, the founding members, tackle the unclean and clean vocals with shared duties, as most metalcore bands do. Catchy clean choruses and impressive unclean vocal techniques are found throughout each song. You will hear sweet guitar riffs, beefy breakdowns, and commanding drumming all executed together greatly in just five songs, with no filler tracks. 



Spiritual Highlights:

Within Wilderness, you will find honest lyrics that do not shy from life's struggles while offering real hope. In "Traverse" there is a battle in one's mind. In "Hindsight" the reflection of the past brings hope to the future, because you can see God through the previous storm in life. In "Foundation", a struggle of one's identity is explored. "Through My Eyes" is an encouraging and bold song written from God's perspective to His children. In "Wilderness", finding the purpose of life and one's self is contemplated.  



Best Song on the Record:

In the song, "Through My Eyes", there are no clean vocals, which one might presume that the message is a heavy one, given all the screaming. The opposite is true. The Scriptural truths are screamed at the top of their lungs because they need to be heard so desperately. The song also shows off some of the most impressive displays of vocal range and musical skill of the band. This song is the best of the five, even though each is excellent.



For Fans Of:

Amongst the Giants, War of Ages, Memphis May Fire



Final Word: 

Cliffside's debut EP provides songs that are passionately relatable and Scripturally sound. The quality of their music is of the caliber you would expect from metalcore bands that have made several records previously. I love each of the five songs here and fully expect much more in the future from Cliffside. They have unexpected talent that is sure to please any metal fan. 

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Disconnected Review | Posted December-31-2019
What You Need To Know:

After the disbanding of the Christian metalcore band For Today, brothers Ryan and Brandon Leitru 
wanted to continue making music. They created a new band, a supergroup, with members from A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Take It Back, and Silent Planet. The new band, Nothing Left, signed to Facedown Records for their debut EP, Destroy and Rebuild. They now have a full-length album, Disconnected, and it is heavier than the last.



What it Sounds Like:

Disconnected has an aggressive hardcore sound with high energy in every song. Every song is brutal musically and vocally, and it reminds me of the early 2000's bands from Facedown Records and Solid State Records. Having an "early" sound is refreshing in the current metal scene, as a lot of metal bands are adding melodic elements and experimental elements. Nothing Left goes uncompromisingly heavy and raw.



Spiritual Highlights:

As I listened and read the album's lyrics, I was left wanting more growth, both in thematic material and diversity. It seemed that the majority of the lyrics revolved around one theme: corruption. This is not a bad theme to focus on, but the problem I personally had with it, was that I did not hear much hope or even Biblical contrasts with corruption. However, Nothing Left does a great job of sending a strong, clear message in their songs. You do not finish listening to a song wondering what they were singing about. They have a platform to speak hope and truth to their listeners, and I hope to see continued growth in that direction.



Best Song on the Record:

The most exemplary song of Disconnected as a whole is "Dust to Dust." Evidently passionate lyrics paired with satisfying heavy metal combine in this song to show you the best of Nothing Left. The chorus screams, "Reap what you've sown. So beg, beg for forgiveness," a truth that everyone must face in this life in order to grow. 



For Fans Of:

Sleeping Giant, Comrades, War of Ages



Final Word: 

Disconnected sends a bold and clear message that corrupt people will be confronted by righteous people. This album is, without a doubt, one the heaviest albums musically to release this year. Nothing Left masterfully pumps out the riffs, breakdowns, grooves, and screams into a cohesive and powerful album. I do wish the lyrical content offered more hope, if even just for some more variety. Despite the lyrical shortcomings, Disconnected still has plenty to offer any hardcore fan. 


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Repose Review | Posted November-27-2019
What You Need To Know:

Since its inception in 2012, What We Do In Secret has collected stories and wrestled with them on stage through unyielding, expressive songwriting, a loud and raw sonic backdrop, and a wild live show. This band is one of the newest additions to the Facedown Records family, with Repose being their debut. Each symbol on the cover art reflects the message of an individual song. The full descriptions of each symbol's meaning is in the album's description. Additionally, something worth noting is that Garrett Russell from Silent Planet is a guest vocalist on the title track, "Repose."

 

What it Sounds Like:

What We Do In Secret blends a familiar post-hardcore sound with a fresh new metalcore style that shines on each track. The vocals are consistent throughout the album, with a great balance of unclean screams and the well-partnered clean vocals. The music is aggressive and high energy and the transitions between them are done well.

 

Spiritual Highlights:

Repose takes the listener on a journey through hopelessness to ultimately surrendering to God. Most of the songs simply speak honestly about life's struggles with small hints of hope throughout the album. Topics range from depression, marriage struggles, addiction, abuse, miscarriage, anxiety, and of course, hope. The first song, "Response" introduces the album with:

"Our suffering's not unique

Listen to the songs of the broken

I pray they give you peace" 



The closing track, "Vindication," uses Scripture and original lyrics to bring hope to all the struggles. A great example is with:  


"If I ascend to heaven

Or make my bed in hell, you're there

Though the darkness is overwhelming

And the light about me like night

But the dark isn't dark to you"



The vulnerability shown in this debut album demonstrates spiritual maturity, much like that of King David's Psalms. It shows us that it is okay to have serious doubts and struggles, even as Christians, but that there is still hope. 

 

Best Song on the Record:

Throughout the album, you hear stories of struggle, but "Vindication" is a powerful and hopeful song, and that makes it stand out among the rest. It is both a great song on its own as well as a concluding track for the album when you listen to it front to back. Despite all the pain, you hear the encouraging words that scream, "You said I am free. You calmed the storm in me." This song is a strong ending to the album.

 

For Fans Of:

Norma Jean, Amongst the Giants, Wolves at the Gate

 

Final Word: 

Repose is a lyrically beautiful and vulnerable album that is powered by aggressive music. What We Do In Secret's impressive debut album boasts a well-defined sound that most people would only expect from artists with more experience under their belt. Every song is part of a conversation about what it means to be human and what it means to be loved. I fully expect What We Do In Secret to become one of Facedown Record's forefront artists.

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The Evening Hate EP Review | Posted October-31-2019
What You Need To Know:

RED is a GRAMMY® nominated, RIAA Certified Gold-selling rock band. They have released their first independent music creation, The Evening Hate EP via RED ENTERTAINMENT / The Fuel Music to digital outlets worldwide. RED is currently a trio, with Michael Barnes on vocals, and the Anthony brothers, Randy and Anthony. After a successful GoFundMe campaign to raise money for their independent debut, they announced this EP before the full-length drops in 2020.



What it Sounds Like:

RED has a unique melodic metal sound to their music. The more melodic RED's music is, the more popular it becomes. Fans love Innocence and Instinct as well as Of Beauty and Rage for their significant melodic elements complementing their relatable and honest lyrics. This EP brings two new songs, one acoustic cover, and two acoustic versions of said new songs. This includes "The Evening Hate," "From The Ashes," and the cover song "Hemorrhage (In my hands)," by Fuel. The acoustic songs are beautifully well-done and show that the band has plenty to offer, both in terms of their heavy songs and the ballads. 



Spiritual Highlights:

"'From The Ashes" reflects on where our minds can go when we've hit the bottom," says RED bassist Randy Armstrong. "You've been written off, left out in the cold because the world doesn't care about your situation and nothing in the past matters much today. It's about having the motivation to rise and turn your failure and mistakes into success and survival."



"'The Evening Hate' dives into the deep-seated hatred that everyone has felt at some point or another," Randy also shares, "as the band borrows the song's title from the nickname coined by World War I frontline trench soldiers in 1915 regarding the relentless enemy bombing. While we all experience or witness hate throughout life, whether it be physical, mental or emotional, we all have the ability to crawl out and rise above such a tremendous adversary, hell-bent on division and destruction. Without hate, the world would never know what true love really is."




Best Song on the Record:

"From The Ashes" is the best of the two heavier songs. There are great moments where each band member shines, whether musically and vocally. The lyrics are well-written as well. The message of the song reaches out to those feeling defeated and encourages them to rise up and never give up. This is a message everyone needs to hear. It is one that RED is no stranger to themselves. Of the three acoustic songs, "The Evening Hate" is superior. Listening to this version of the song exposes the emotionally charged lyrics of the song. The vocals are nearly haunting, similar to "Shadow and Soul" or "Of These Chains" from Of Beauty and Rage. Listening to this song is a truly captivating experience. "Hemorrhage" is a great cover, both in the stripped-down musical aspect and Michael Barnes' gripping vocals. 



For Fans Of:

Zahna, Demon Hunter, Nine Lashes



Final Word: 

The Evening Hate EP is a skillfully created showcase of RED's strengths. This EP gives me hope that the future of RED's music is going to be strong. RED gives us two heavy hitters, a cover song (which is not new territory for them), and two ballads. Even though three out of five songs are acoustic, it shows they have the expertise to expose the emotional lyrics of a song to be the centerpiece. We will be optimistically awaiting the full album after this promising release.  


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Ten by Michael Sweet | Posted October-18-2019
What You Need To Know:

Michael Sweet is the lead singer and founder of the legendary band, Stryper. Michael has been producing solo albums outside of Stryper for around twenty years, improving more and more on each album. Ten is aptly named for being his tenth album, distributed through Rat Pak Records. This album has either a guest vocalist or guest instrumentalist on each song.



What it Sounds Like:

Ten throws flurries of guitar solos and rifts at you left and right, with a solo in every song, sometimes more than once. Ten showcases an impressive vocal range from Michael Sweet. His guest vocalists such as Mike Kerr from Firstbourne and Todd La Torre of Queensryche also give exceptional support. Michael's voice soars high and melodically, and digs deep down with gritty, raspier vocal ranges throughout the album. The sound overall is comparable to Stryper's newest couple albums, but definitely has Michael's own style in it. Ten is high energy rock and roll with one beautiful ballad, primarily. 



Spiritual Highlights:

Michael Sweet is unashamed and bold in what he believes in, whether it is about his faith in Christ, politics, or music in general. Concerning his guests on the album, he says, "As you all know, I push the envelope. I work with (and hang out with) people and peers who believe the polar opposite of what I believe, and we walk away with a smile and a hug. Not a screaming match of "I'm right and you're wrong." We're trying to show people that you can work together despite differences and the outcome can be amazing!"



Ten reflects Michael's hope of unity and love often. It has plenty of spiritual highlights. "Better Part of Me" speaks of the battle between the desires of the flesh versus the desires of the Spirit. "Now or Never" says, "Save me tonight, here and forever." It speaks of an urgent need for Salvation. Title track "Ten" is all about the Ten Commandments, almost word-for-word. "Son of Man" is about what you expect–Jesus, the Son of Man. Todd La Torre guests on this song. The song declares truths and excerpts from Revelation and the chorus screams, "He's the Son of Man, coming back again!"




Best Song on the Record:

My personal favorite is "Shine." This is one of the heaviest "happy songs" you will hear. The vocals are captivating, the music is electrifying, and the lyrics are empowering without being cheesy. Overall, though, "Son of Man" truly encompasses everything Michael Sweet was aiming for with this album, both musically, lyrically, and artistically. 



For Fans Of:

Theocracy, Stryper, Disciple



Final Word: 

Ten is a strong declaration that Michael Sweet is still an expert in the Christian rock scene. His expertise shines in this album throughout the whole listening experience. In a cliche, I would say this album turns it up to eleven. Musical expertise, empowering lyrics, and impressive vocals contribute to Ten as one of the best projects Michael Sweet has ever created. Take a listen and you will hear Michael's passion throughout each well-crafted song.

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Love Letter Kill Shot by Disciple | Posted September-10-2019
What You Need To Know:

Disciple's twelfth album is released in full partnership through Tooth and Nail Records, entitled Love Letter Kill Shot. Despite a handful of line-up changes, the current lineup, consisting of Kevin Young (vocals), Josiah Prince (guitar), Joey West (drums), and Andrew Stanton (guitar), is their strongest yet. This new album showcases Disciple's signature strengths and mixes in fresh sounds. Anticipation for this album has grown greatly, thanks to their newfound street team, "Disciple Alliance" and their Patreon Community, "The Rebel Society."  



What it Sounds Like:

Love Letter Kill Shot is an album that harkens back to Disciple's big hits while introducing new sounds, unlike any other Disciple album. Songs like "Reanimate" is a thrasher, "Play to Win" is a victory anthem, much like "Game On" or "Rise Up," and "Best Thing Ever" among several others, is a ballad full of surrender. Disciple takes up new territory, both musically and thematically, but nonetheless, the sound that Disciple has mastered over the last couple of years is still there throughout the whole album. If you are looking for a genre, this is a southern hard rock album with guitar solos, emotional vocals, and some modern rock twists.



Spiritual Highlights:

Disciple is bold in its mission. Their mission is to share the Gospel and love people through the music God has given them. Kevin Young explains this well, if you ever make it to a concert, you should know he will be unashamed in his love for Christ and their lyrics show it well. "Reanimate" takes a unique perspective of Jesus taking up the sins of mankind, with a bridge that proclaims the Biblical truth of "He who knew no sin has become sin for us" (2 Corinthians 5:21). "Fire Away" begins with the album title in the beginning, "Your love letter's a kill shot, tearing through my soul till nothing's left." It challenges us to say, "If my heart is the target, fire away." Only a full surrender will suffice for Jesus. Thematically, this album tackles suffering, hopelessness, addiction, pain, and internal struggles. Whether the songs give words to our suffering or offer hope and a way out, each song has an audience it can reach.



Best Song on the Record:

There are a few stand-out songs depending on what aspect of the album you are considering. "Never Too Late" is a great song overall. It showcases the familiarity of Disciple's music that fans know as well as the inventive styles of the new album. It is gritty and emotionally charged. You can hear every band member shine in this song at different points as well. 



For Fans Of:

Decyfer Down, Demon Hunter, Skillet



Final Word: 

Love Letter Kill Shot is a masterfully crafted album that delves into the depths of our spiritual journey. Disciple displays diverse thematic and musical prowess in this new album. It is a heavy album, in almost every definition of the word. Despite making over a dozen albums with some huge hits, Love Letter Kill Shot is a powerful, inventive album that must not go unnoticed. 

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Void by War of Ages | Posted August-29-2019
What You Need To Know:

War of Ages' musical influence in the Christian metal scene is both consistent and aggressive. Their lyrics are convicting and encouraging as they expertly draw out Biblical truths out of life's questions and situations. Void is no exception. This is their ninth album and was primarily produced by their guitarist, Jack Daniels at Sicktones Studios, as well as Facedown Records, their long-time label. Void is full of heavy metal goodness without a single ballad.



What It Sounds Like:

Any fans of War of Ages already know what to expect. You'll find gang vocals, sweeping guitar solos, double kick drums, and a couple of spoken word sections in the songs. Oh, and lots of screaming. Yet, amongst the signature War of Ages sound, you hear a great variety of styles. The album keeps your attention the whole time. They do not slow down, in fact, the second half of the album is arguably the heavier half. The lyrics condemn sin, convict listeners and encourage. 



Spiritual Highlights:

War of Ages is by no means shy in their faith-based lyrical writing. "Void," "Miles Apart," "Brotherhood" and "The Return" each have evident support in Scripture, primarily in the books of Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, and Revelation respectively. Condemnation of sin is a theme as well. In "Greed," you find warnings against a lifestyle of greed as it's called out and also bears a hopeful message. The chorus says, "I will rise and be somebody. Who will rise and meet you there. I know that you are able." "Envy," "Wrath," and "Jezebel" are respectively condemning topics of envy, wrath, and lust. War of Ages is bold in proclaiming that these sinful lifestyles are destructive and need to be avoided. They balance encouragement and condemnation in their lyrics well.



Best Song On The Album:

Showcasing the two main themes of Void, "Wrath" and "Miles Apart" are the top two songs. "Wrath" is the most aggressive and thrashy song on the album, boasting a flurry of guitar riffs, gang vocals to scream the truth aloud, and to top it off, it is the only track without clean vocals. It condemns violence and warns to keep your heart clean. "Miles Apart" on the other hand, is a desperate cry to the Lord to be your Savior and encourages listeners to "find strength through the suffering."



For Fans Of:

Sleeping Giant, Demon Hunter, For Today



Final Word:

Void is eleven songs of well-made, aggressive metal that reserves no room for sugarcoating the truth. They make it clear that sin has no place in our hearts and minds, for it brings destruction and death. They make it clear that Jesus is the only absolute for us. Void will go down as one of War of Ages' best albums and its messages should never return void.

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Tension by Random Hero | Posted August-11-2019
What You Need To Know

Random Hero has been active in the Christian rock scene for about a decade now with three albums released. They have appeared on the City Rockfest Tour several times and every year, they've been able to perform and open up for many rock veterans while playing in a variety of festivals, including Christmas Rock Night in Germany. Random Hero is comprised of Aaron Watkins (vocals), Rob "Los" McDonough (bass) and Patrick Madsen (drums). Since the Denver-based band's debut, they have earned numerous Top 5 Christian rock singles, including "Mirror Mirror," "Not Alone," "Burn Up the Night" and "Mercy," in addition to the Top 30 mainstream rock hits "Impossible" and "Running." With their fourth release, Tension, releasing on  Rockfest Records, they have promised fans through a few short videos that this album changes everything. 



What It Sounds Like

Rockfest Records continue to collect an impressive roster of groups and Random Hero may be their biggest breakout yet. Vibrant rifts, strong hooks, and melodic choruses strengthen this album on top of its honest and hopeful lyrics. There are notably less unclean vocals as there was on their last album, The Covering, while the lyrical content has improved. The album's tracks are mostly heavy with just two ballads.



Spiritual Highlights

Several lyrics directly address our need for the Lord to help us when life is hard. A lot of the lyrics are also formed in questions, which challenge and grip the listeners. "Desperate Measures'" chorus says, "Oh, Lord, please save my soul" and "Motivation's" bridge declares, "though my sins cut to the bone, I still testify." The title track, "Tension," challenges the listeners to stop living complacently saying, "Lack of motivation making me complacent in my damnation" and "Waging my salvation just to make a statement; I'm not okay with this." Additionally, the finale "White Flag" is a soaring anthem of absolute submission to God, drawing Tension to a fitting close. The songwriting is superb throughout this album and is a great improvement off of The Covering's success.



Best Song on the Record

"Weight Of The World" is an aggressive song that highlights the dangers of taking on too much of life by yourself. An attention-grabbing intro, gripping lyrics and energetic rock and roll make this song a dynamic standout on the album. An honorable mention is the closing track, "White Flag," which is a vulnerable song of full surrender to God with a bold chorus. 



For Fans Of

Seventh Day Slumber, Disciple, The Protest



Final Word

Random Hero has produced an album that belongs in your rotation just as much as long-time veterans Disciple or Skillet. Topping this album will be tough, yet I am very excited to hear what is next from them, and so will you after hearing this. Tension is a fantastic rock album that will leave you feeling empowered and hopeful through whatever difficulties are going on in your life. 

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