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The Fear of God

  • Reviewed by Joel Hartse Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2009 11 Aug
The Fear of God
Style:Polished post-pop-punk with a dash of screamo; compare to Nine Inch Nails, Family Force 5 Top tracks: "Shepherd, No Sheep," "The Fear of God"

In a nutshell:Showbread is known for theatricality (remember the double-concept-album/comic book, Anorexia/Nervosa), which is intact here. The first track announces (literally) their intention to "kill you forever" with "raw rock" (a self-referential genre that pops up again on "Let There Be Raw"), but the songs occasionally suffer from synth-overdose; straight-ahead punk numbers like "I Think I'm Going to See You" feel raw-er, somehow. Vocalist Josh Dies is commanding (he's comfortable screaming and singing), though his most affecting performance is the title track, a litany of despair ("lonely people kill themselves") that somehow ends up as a worship song.

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