Artist:  Revive
Title:  Chorus of the Saints
Label:  Essential Records

Faith-affirming fun from the land down under …

Though Newsboys and Rebecca St. James remain Australia’s most familiar exports, modern rockers Revive could someday settle into that elite company.

The foursome’s debut disc, Chorus of the Saints, is off to a fairly solid start and already has some extra industry attention courtesy of Third Day. Outside of touring with that very act and earning its endorsement, front man Mac Powell co-produced this particular project.

While chunky guitars a la Third Day are present throughout most songs, Revive is more readily compared to fellow countrymen INXS or Midnight Oil, plus newer secular standouts Glasvegas. Tunes like “Can’t Change Yesterday” and “Wonder Why” are immediate anthems with howling riffs, sing-a-long choruses and probable concert appeal; while “You’re All I Need” and “Promise of Tomorrow” possess an undeniable spiritual undercurrent (akin to Switchfoot or VOTA).

A handful of slow songs also pop up on the project, including a duet with Powell throughout the acoustically framed “You Know” and the chilled out grooves of “Sit with Me.” However, those segments don’t highlight the band’s stadium-filling abilities and slip through the cracks when compared to the aforementioned modern rock fireballs.

Sans a few dips in the road, the aggressive side of Revive is sure to be its calling card during this first American introduction.

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**This review first published on March 23, 2009.