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Gabriel

BelieverAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B001QF733K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Medwton
2. A Moment in Prime
3. Stoned
4. Redshift
5. History of Decline
6. The Need for Conflict
7. Focused Lethality
8. Shut Out the Sun
9. The Brave
10. Nonsense Mediated Decay

Editorial Reviews

2009 album from the late '80s/early '90s technical-Thrash Metallers, their first new album in 15 years. Gabriel includes guest appearances from Joe Rico (Sacrifice), Deron Miller (CKY/World Under Blood) and Rocky Gray (Evanescence/Soul Embraced/Living Sacrifice) amongst others.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Believer's Album, Gabriel April 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic thrash/industrial metal album. A common refrain in the reviews I've read is that it gets better with each listen, and that's been true for me as well. I liked it pretty well the first time I heard it, but now I count it as a hands-down favorite. There are many layers that you'll not notice until the 10th spin or so. The addition of a keyboardist/programmer really makes a difference. The lyrics are interesting even if mostly indecipherable. There are no overt Christian themes on this album, so far as I can discern at least. This is a departure from past albums, all of which had pretty clear references to biblical themes. I was a little disappointed at this aspect of Gabriel, but then again I know Kurt Bachman (lead vocalist, guitarist) has said that being labeled a "Christian metal band" had a huge downside, not the least of which came from detractors who thought some sort of compromise was afoot in the pairing of Christian themes and metal. Oh well. The lyrics on most songs on Gabriel are nevertheless tinged with worldview and science issues that recall themes from past albums. Bachman has a Ph.D. in cancer genetics and runs his own cancer research laboratory (I'm not kidding), so naturally his lyrics are deep, provocative, mysterious, and a little off the beaten path. That should be a big bonus for many listeners.

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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars They pciked up where they left off December 29, 2009
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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). If you have their previous release (Dimensions) there are songs on this album which sound similar to that. Intelligent metal, complicated rhythms and very well worth the wait.
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Years ago, a friend of mind and I were in a band together, and we were both getting into more and more of the esoteric, prototypical prog/jazz metal hybrid bands (Cynic, Watchtower, Atheist, Death). One day while browsing in the local record store, we found an interesting cassette by a band called Believer, and I remember playing it pretty much solid in my car for about a week. "Dimensions" was a very intelligent, experimental, creative, and uber-heavy chunk of food for thought. One of the things I have always liked about metal as a genre is the fact that it is such a fertile ground for conceptual and musical experimentation and exploration, and Believer was one of the bands at that time out on the fringe setting new standards.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a believer in Gabriel! May 18, 2009
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For what it's worth, I think the new Believer CD is awesome. The riffs are heavy, at times fast, but always controlled. Ted Kirkpatrick, drummer and founder of Tourniquet, once called Kurt Bachman his favorite guitar player when it came to riffs. I agree with him.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Believer.... not so much anymore
While attending the Cornerstone Festival in Chicago back in 1988 I learned about a new Christian thrash band called Believer. Read more
Published on March 2, 2010 by Ron Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars They're Back!!
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 more
Published on January 23, 2010 by J. Mccormack
4.0 out of 5 stars thoughts, comments, and follow up items to Steve Sarro and J. Camp and...
'out with the old and in with the new gets 4 stars of what should be- a perfect 5 of 5 star album'

Steve I think the point J. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by Jim
3.0 out of 5 stars music great- time to rethink the vocals
The music is super creative as always. I was a huge Believer fan for their early albums and bought this one sound unheard. Read more
Published on May 15, 2009 by S.J.S. from Seattle
5.0 out of 5 stars J. Camp, I hope you are kidding
J. Camp, I certainly hope you are not serious about your review. Are you familiar with this band in any capacity? Read more
Published on May 11, 2009 by R. Evans Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars Christian???
Musically, this album is very complex and deserves five stars. I honestly do not see how this can be a Christian band though. Read more
Published on May 5, 2009 by J. Camp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Great album and glad to see some really good musicians back in the studio again. I keep switching back and forth between this album and the new Mastodon. Great stuff Believer!
Published on May 4, 2009 by gerbilminded
5.0 out of 5 stars Believer shreds again!
The best band of the late 80s and early 90s is back - this CD rocks!
Published on April 28, 2009 by bretroactive
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I would have hoped
Having been a Believer fan since the beginning, I was a bit disapointed by "Gabriel." I intially fell in love with Believer because of the odd harmonies and classical elements... Read more
Published on April 22, 2009 by M. Chevalier
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