Guilty Hands Review (Single)
Posted May 29, 2020
By RyanAdams_NRT, Staff Reviewer
What You Need To Know
Nine Lashes is one of today's biggest Christian rock bands. Since its start in 2009, Nine Lashes has seen success on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube. Their two most popular albums are World We View and From Water to War. Some of the band's huge hits include "Anthem of the Lonely," "Break The World," and "Never Back Down." Nine Lashes also released Ascend, a pop-driven album, in 2016. It wasn't received as well as its predecessors. The band went quiet after that. Four years have later, Nine Lashes is back with "Guilty Hands," a heavier, rock-driven song that harkens to their prime with a great message.
What It Sounds Like
"Guilty Hands" sounds like classic rock-driven Nine Lashes, before Ascend. The single features low-toned guitar tones and powerful drumming, the signature of most modern rock bands. Notably, lead singer Jeremy Dunn's vocals are quite impressive. Throughout the song, he hits some of the deepest and grittiest tones while retaining his signature vocal style. If you're a fan of their older music, this song is sure to please.
The song has an encouraging message. Nine Lashes says "Guilty Hands" is a plea, a call out to stop running from God's plan for us. He wants us to come home. The song's message is taken from personal experience, as well as Luke 15 (NIV). We have all tried to do things for ourselves through our own visions. It's kind of silly really when we believe and know God sees the best path for us. Beautiful words in the chorus: "Lay down your guns/What are you fighting?/Is my name not Forgiveness?" We're reminded that no matter how guilty we feel or how defensive we are against God, He will always be there to forgive and love us.
Nine Lashes emerges from their quietness with the very impressive "Guilty Hands." The song is a declaration that the band is not done making quality rock music. Nine Lashes promise more music is coming, not just one single. With the heavy music, meaningful lyrics, and reception they have received, whatever is coming will be great.
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