Style: Hardcore punk with an emo heart; compare to Further Seems Forever, Coalesce
Top tracks: "The Body," "A Proclamation," "Wake Up!"
It's unusual to find a debut by a band that finds them audibly going through growing pains, musically-speaking. But the first album from this Texas band feels like they are still trying to work out whether to embrace their more melodic side or the part that loves chugging metal riffs and deep-throated growls. The former sound appears to be winning out, and for good reason, as it allows singer Shane Raymond's chest-beating lyrics of faith and personal triumph the necessary room to soar and shine. It's a fine first step, but one that will leave you itching to hear where they go from here.
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