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Nine Lashes - From Water To War
on January 21, 2014
Nine Lashes debut album did little to rise above the recent wave of modern rock. Fortunately, "From Water to War" takes the strengths of their debut and improves upon them.
This album is full of monster guitar riffs, dynamic drums, gritty baselines, heavy electronic effects, and thought provoking lyrics. Jeremy Dunn, the lead singer, sounds more comfortable than their debut, singing more dynamically on the softer songs and more aggressively on the heavier songs. His voice complements the tone of the energized, emotional music. The lyrics of the album are a highlight as Dunn sings with relevance and boldness, especially about his Christian faith.
This album takes a more artistic approach than their debut album, and that is undoubtedly because producer Aaron Sprinkle got his hands on this project. This is very evident when you start hearing strong pop influences ("Surrender", "Love Me Now") scattered throughout the album. These changes to their style make the album pretty dynamic and proves to be an enjoyable listen.
There are strong influences from other modern rock bands like Linkin Park and Red, but Nine Lashes does a great job owning their sound. 4/5 stars.
Update: After five months, I still find myself craving to listen to this album, particularly the more aggressive songs like "Never Back Down", "Break The World", "Lights We Burn", etc. I've changed my 3.5 star rating to a 4.