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As for the music itself, it's fantastic. The trademark placement of slow, jazzy riffs amid laser-fast war tones is back and better than ever. So are the abrupt changes of pace. In my opinion these are the elements that mark Believer off from every other band on earth. The strings element from past albums is minimized but inserted often enough to be pleasing (cf. the end of A Moment in Prime and early in Redshift).Read more ›
I think if you enjoy metal of any kind, you should buy this CD. The lyrics make you think. Bachman leaves the interpretation to the listener, so I find it difficult to understand the meaning of titles or songs, but oh well.
I really enjoy almost every song. "Stoned" is a great song that makes me think of the early martyrs in the Christian faith. Of course, I'm sure that was not necessarily what Bachman intended. "Medwton" is another cool song that causes one to join the scream "This calculation is killing me!" toward the close. "A Moment in Prime" has a great riff throughout the song and the lyrics, "It must be a nightmare or vampire's thirsting," are interesting to say the least. "The Need for Conflict" is another great song that culminates with the lyrics: "I...bathe...in...your...hate!" "Focused Lethality" is a great thrash song that has an interesting "solo" from Living Sacrifice's (and Soul Embraced's lead guitarist) Rocky Gray. I can't wait for the new Living Sacrifice CD. "Shut Out the Sun" has a very catchy chorus that I can't help but sing whenever it comes on my CD player. "The Brave" has cool verses and intricate guitar moments. Having Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage (a HUGE Believer fan)do the lead vocals is a nice change. However, I really like Kurt Bachman's vocal style. I know it's not for everybody, and I kind of like it that way. The only song I don't care for and skip most of the time is "Nonsense Medicated Decay", as well as the outtakes after that song.
Believer has signed on for two more CD's so I really look forward to the next release from this great band.
Years later, with the resurgence of metal's popularity, Believer is back, and the results are as good or better than expected. Crushing, off-kilter polyrhythmic metal riffs like the bastard child of Pantera and King Crimson, some classical elements (strings, operatic vocals), eerie clips and overdubs, and interesting philosophical lyrics with vocals somewhere in between death metal growling and the "old-school" Hetfield barking style. If you are into unusual and creative metal, you should check this out.
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Not as polished as Dimensions. A lot of songs that go nowhere.Published 16 months ago by Mark Steven Weathers
While attending the Cornerstone Festival in Chicago back in 1988 I learned about a new Christian thrash band called Believer. Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by Ron Gibson
By now, I assume all die hard fans already own this new release. If you were not aware of its existence though'where have you been? Read morePublished on January 23, 2010 by J. Mccormack
'out with the old and in with the new gets 4 stars of what should be- a perfect 5 of 5 star album'
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When I first heard that Believer was putting out new material, I knew that I had to have it. It has been TOO long since their last album (1993). Read morePublished on December 29, 2009 by Keith Walker
The music is super creative as always. I was a huge Believer fan for their early albums and bought this one sound unheard. Read morePublished on May 15, 2009 by S.J.S. from Seattle
J. Camp, I certainly hope you are not serious about your review. Are you familiar with this band in any capacity? Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by R. Evans Martin
Musically, this album is very complex and deserves five stars. I honestly do not see how this can be a Christian band though. Read morePublished on May 5, 2009 by J. Camp