Review: Messengers- Anthems EP
November 3, 2010Posted by on
Strike First Records
November 9, 2010
Reviewed by Anthony Peronto
Anthems and Christian music are associated quite often in every genre of music. You’ve got FIF’s politically skankin’ “Anthem,” Norma Jean’s chaotic “The Anthem Of The Angry Brides,” & Sho Baraka’s metaphor-filled “Lion’s Anthem.” Now Dallas’ very own Messengers, the newcomer to Strike First, is giving us their first offering of anthems in an EP. And as always, the artwork by Dave Quiggle is spectacular. Nuff said!
With a playtime of 19 minutes, these songs are simple and straight to the point (as most thrash is). Thankfully the interlude lets the listener take a breather then bursts into the repetitive “Baruch Hashem Adonai!” In fact, all the 7 songs flow seamlessly into each other, which gives the EP great pacing. The only downside is that Messengers needs more work in separating themselves from other Dallas-based bands such as Pantera, Crowbar, & Agnostic Front.
From the get go this short-but-lovely EP will remind you of the thrash of yesteryear. Just hear the last third of “Weight,” with the chugging guitars, gang vocals, and well-placed “Uhh!” If you love thrash, southern metal, or hardcore, there will be something to appreciate on this EP.
- Pale Rose