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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,100 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

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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Royal Howard on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Cleveland on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel Israel on June 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. pecenka on March 18, 2009
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I've listened to this album 5 times since I bought it, and I have to say it gets better & better everytime I listen to it. The only negative thing from me is that they should have put at lest 2 more songs on this album. These guys have been away for almost 16 years and show no signs of letting up. This album has alot of good heavy riffs and in my opinion blows away the album "Demensions". If you're a Believer fan, you need to buy this CD and keep listening...it will grow on you!!
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