- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Mar
- Dictatorship vs. Democracy (DVD)
- Fists Afire
- The Songwriter
- Remember Sammy Jankis
- Five Minutes Strong
- Rise of the Robots
- Deathtrap Daisy
- Red Brush Strokes Wave Goodbye
To be completely honest, I'm not typically a fan of hardcore rock/metal—particularly with the homogenous sound and the incomprehensible shrieking. But with its self-titled debut, Staple distinguishes itself from the pack.
The quartet, which met at Rosedale Bible College, built a strong following in its home state of Ohio, playing almost 300 shows in the last two years. Citing Living Sacrifice and Project 86 as strong influences, Staple captures a similar intensity with their sound—and yet tempering their hardcore sound with melodic sensibilities. Lead vocalist Darin Keim is like a combination of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda—screaming, but also singing. The band balances its bombast with musicality, striving to make the words heard.
And that's definitely a good thing. The lyrics are poetic
"The Songwriter" and "Crusader" are a bit preachy, but Staple is not out of line in taking the Christian music business and the Church to task. Staple's strong debut offers proof that hardcore can be more than just loud—it can also be catchy, thought provoking, and challenging.