- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 May
Hard-rockin' "rapcore" band Pillar has earned a strong following and a Dove Award for best Hard Rock Album in 2001 for their debut,
All of this makes the unwavering faith and solid rock of the band's sophomore effort, Fireproof, all the more impressive. You don't hear any worry or fear on this disc. Flicker Records clearly believes in the potential of this band, evidenced by the first-rate production of this album. This album sounds as good as any you'll hear in the genre of rapcore, Christian or mainstream. The title track (and lead single) rocks with the same authority as P.O.D.'s "Youth of the Nation." Inspired by Daniel 3's story of the fiery furnace, it reminds us we're protected through faith in Christ from Satan's attacks. It's a terrific rock song of faith: "Now you know what I'm all about / There's no chance I'll ever doubt / The only one who can control me / I extol the Almighty."
You'll find similar cleverly inspired phrases throughout the album. "Hindsight" is a smart reminder for us to leave behind the guilt of our sinful past since God already has forgotten it: "Yesterdays are memories in my head / He paid the way and delivered me from by debt / My hindsight's 20/20 now, so it's said." Undoubtedly stemming from Rob's military commitment, "Echelon" draws comparisons between fighting in a war and persevering in the Christian faith. Both "Just to Get By" and "Ashamed" challenge the lukewarm to be firmer in their faith, and "Light at My Feet" is a confident song of praise to the Lord. The album closes with "Further," which appropriately enough alludes to life's uncertainties only to leave them behind and place trust in God's will: "I admit that when I submit to you, I can see all of the selfish things I do / I'm further, further from myself when I'm next to you, when I run to you."
Fans of Linkin Park, Incubus, and P.O.D. have every reason to enjoy