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For We Are Not Yet, We Are Only Becoming
Posted July 07, 2019
By RyanAdams_NRT, Staff Reviewer

What You Need To Know:
Comrades is a trio from Colorado that started out as an instrumental post-rock band. After signing to Facedown Records, they released their first LP, Lone/Grey which they recorded at Dark Studios. Dark Studios also happens to be where Underoath and The Chariot recorded a lot of their music. Laura McElroy provides clean vocals and her husband, Joseph plays the guitar, while Ben Trussell provides unclean vocals and drums. For We Are Not Yet, We Are Only Becoming is their second LP released through Facedown Records. 

What It Sounds Like:
It does not sound like what you would expect from most post-hardcore, even in broader terms, metal bands. Ben's screams sound similar to most bands on Facedown Records, which may be a highlight or a letdown depending on your preferences. With Laura on clean vocals, there is a beautifully balanced harmony between her and Ben throughout each song. The songs typically slow down for Laura's vocals and amp back up for Ben's. Sometimes it is the opposite though, which definitely helps keep your attention. 

Spiritual Highlights:
1 John 3:2 and Philippians 3:12 come to mind with the title of the album in mind. There are clear messages of the hope and salvation that Christ brings. "When you feel like giving up, there is room in this house for you" speaks of the always open arms of Jesus in "Fault Lines." "This is not the end, but how we began" speaks of the start of our forever life with Christ beginning with the end of ourselves. "Every veil and mountain, you'll find me in. This you can depend on, over and over and over and over again" reminds us that when things are hard or easy, God is always there. The song, "No Past" directly addressing God and discusses life's situations in an honest and approachable manner. 

Best Song:
"Fault Lines"
is the best song overall. It opens the album very well and sets the theme for the album's messages. It demonstrates signature Comrades sound and lyrical style. Ben is backed by crashing symbols and deep bass while Laura is backed with melody and soft music. The lyrics speak the truth and are relatable. This song is a complete package for Comrades fans and hopefully can win over new fans. 

For Fans Of:
Everything in Slow Motion, Hands, Dens

Final Word:
Christian-based Post-Hardcore is not a fast-growing genre by any means, but when a release like this comes out, it begs the question, why not? Comrades demonstrate growth from their last album in both musical and lyrical style. They remain consistent in their signature sound, and let's hope it stays that way because it is a unique voice in this genre of music! 

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