Never Go Unheard
- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Mar
- Echoes of Words
- Hungry (Falling On My Knees)
- Search for Life
- Turn Around
- Angel's Cry
- Shut Your Eyes
- Beauty Cries
With a desire to be "unified as a light in a dark world," Alabama-based rockers Candlefuse have the angst-ridden, guitar-fueled sound down pat without the depressing "What does it all mean?" lyrics so many of the hippest hard rock bands serve up these days. While Candlefuse certainly isn't afraid to tackle the tough questions of life and spirituality either, there's still a tangible, non-clichéd sense of hope found by engaging in a deeper relationship with Jesus.
With the help of producer Barry Blair (Audio Adrenaline, Bleach) and the mixing prowess of Skidd Mills (Skillet, Third Day), the message behind
Comprised of Ben Honeycutt (vocals), Drew Garrett (guitar), Steven Howell (bass) and Brian Hechler (drums), the band started playing together in 1999, and, for the past six years, have been traveling across the southeast, performing at a variety of venues. With the belief that "music is sometimes able to communicate truth when other methods fail," Honeycutt says the band's mission is simply "to let people know about Him—to let them know how lost we are without a Savior."
While the band manages to accomplish that goal on every song on
That small criticism aside, there's much potential here. And with a resolve to "raise the bar to a new level… with every lyric, melody, chord, and arrangement," at least the band has the right idea until it establishes a more original sound—something bound to come with a little more time and experience.