[Self-Released - 1 April 2013]
Oh dear – here we go again.
I have been saying for some time now that there is no place in rock music for religion – of any persuasion – and it has been a great dismay to me that increasingly, and particularly (but not exclusively) progressive rock coming out of the USA, has had a Christian God theme running through it.
Alarm bells rang with this one as soon as I saw the title.
Sirens started wailing when I noticed that well-known God-botherer Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard) was mentioned in the credits.
The building was evacuated when I read the thank-you’s – “to Him whose truth will never wither undefined”.
They just can’t help themselves can they?
If you have got a strong faith – that’s fine, just get on with it, but please don’t push your views forward as the only ‘truth’.
And don’t include a picture of yourselves as hard-ass surly rockers on the album’s cover – it does you no favours and is very misleading.
Right, rant over, now is the music any good?
Well, if you can imagine a completely new genre of music called progressive pop, with a Cliff Richard-alike vocalist ladling the syrup on whilst reminding you that you are only as good as your moral choices – you will find much to admire here.
However, if you are a devotee of true progressive rock with its ever-shifting time-signatures and biting, incisive lyrics – best look elsewhere.
The music is well played and you can certainly hear Morse’s influence – but, with the exception of a few bars of squally noise and the occasional well-phrased guitar part, the overall impression is one of prog-lite niceness – and, let’s face it, the word ‘nice’ doesn’t actually appear in the dictionary of rock.
All a bit of a shame really as the band can obviously play – but it’s all a bit like those preachers you see in city centres – you just turn up the collar of your coat and hurry by.
Review by Alan Jones
In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 24 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.
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12:00-13:00 THE ROCKET DOLLS The Art Of Disconnect (indie)
14:00-16:00 BEN KUNDER Searching For The Stranger (indie)
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THE MERCY KILLS Alone (Golden Robot Records)
DEAD REYNOLDS By Your Side (indie)
THE JAILBIRDS Watery Grave (Golden Robot Records)
ALI MASS & MICKY MOODY These Times (Last Man Music)
MASSIVE WAGONS Bangin In Your Stereo (Earache)
UDO We Are One (AFM Records)
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