Those Who Fear - Unholy Anger (2013)
Yesterday I was playing Batman on PS3 and decided to put on my heavy shit Pandora playlist, when a song off of this album came on. I thought it was so good I stopped playing games and immediately started downloading the album. I took a deeper look into these guys and found out that they’re a Christian band on Facedown Records (if the album name wasn’t obvious enough for you) and I actually almost booked them years ago at a small venue in Van Nuys before the show got cancelled for whatever reason I can’t recall at the moment.
I put on Track 1(Daggermouth), and couldn’t stop listening. Every track is heavy hitting, and each song carries it’s own worth. The band mixes up the music with crazy br00tal breakdowns, arm-swingin’ two steps to these ridiculous cool transitions. Pretty much everything I’ve ever loved in a metal band. Even though they’re Christian, they still make me want to sock somebody in the face. I watched their music video on YouTube after finding their twitter page, and was proved to that these guys go hard in the motha fuckin paint. Mad props to these guys and the music they make.
So, I have never really been a fan of Christian lyrics. I just find them to usually be over the top, or just too much. However I found that John Healy (Vocals) was able to mix in his messages without being too annoying, which was cool for a non-religious listener who doesn’t want to hear about Jesus over and over again as if I was listening to For Today or something. Luke Healy (Guitar), Trevor Kope (Guitar) and Josh Ziegler (Bass) accomplished an amazing tone with their back and forth chugs and timing and Josh Miller (Drums) really pulled the album together with those hard hitting snare hits and intricate fills. This is a must hear, and there is no way you will be able to get past the first song without needing to hear the rest of the album.
After hearing this album, I can honestly say that Those Who Fear is now one of my favorite bands. I don’t have a favorite song, the entire album is awesome.