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Beneath the Scars
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May 29, 2012
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Executive Music Group

Style: Heavy guitar rock, compare to Skillet, Breaking Benjamin, Thousand Foot Krutch

Top tracks: "Worlds Collide," "Only Human," "For the Night"

Beneath the Scars is built for its guitars, as the album leans heavily on its double-ax attack to channel a subtle underlying faith into wailing optimism. Lyrics tackle good versus evil, relational angst, wrestling inner demons and hope in tough times without bogging down in dysfunction. But the album runs louder than deep. Lyrics are often broadly generic. "Psycho" and "The One Thing" ride pure teen adrenaline, totally frothing about, well, feeling frothing. Still the band's ability to deliver both post-hardcore edge and power pop hooks—not to mention '80s-inspired guitar solos—keep it worth rocking.

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