RATING: (8 out of 10) RELEASE DATE: September 27th, 2011 LABEL: Stike First Records REVIEWED ON: October 2nd, 2011 REVIEWED BY: Antonio De Jesus IbarraREVIEW
It’s revitalizing to find a good group of guys that shamelessly proclaim their mission as a band, and with their debut album,Nothing Til Blood, delivers it loud and clear. Reigning from Birmingham, Alabama, this spirit-filled hardcore band have infused their metal and hardcore punk influences to take the current music scene by storm.
The opening track, "Toe to Toe," starts off with a declaration:
“There’s a voice crying out in the wilderness saying ‘Prepare! Prepare!’
Make the way straight!
… My God is coming!”
This is an echoing theme throughout the album. Make no mistake; this band's boldness to proclaim the message of Christ is only rivaled by others, such as For Today and Sleeping Giant. With songs like "Tragedies" that command a fallen generation to return to the heart of God and "Lions," which describes a Warrior God, NTB wastes no time telling the world about their faith. Song after song, Amadeus Pryor (vocals) brings passion and spirit to every word.
With their new album When Lambs Become Lions dropping [via Strike First Records] on September 27th, NTB has also released a music video for their song "Stands True." The video itself is just a live performance by them, but the lyrics soar beyond simplicity. "Stands True" is a heavy prayer against the darkness we all face and a declaration:
“And every knee will bow! And every tongue confess!
My God will stand true! He can renew you!”
Their final track, “Depths of the Sea," is a song of willingness to be broken by God that also has a convicting prayer by Pryor, which is a beautiful and fitting way to end the album.
When Lambs Become Lions drops September 27th [and should be on every metalhead's shopping list].
Posted on: October 2nd, 2011 PST By: Antonio De Jesus Ibarra