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Don't be misled as I was
on April 4, 2011
It's never a good idea to assume, but I bought this record because of the past membership of the band in Embodyment and because it was on Solidstate Records. In the past, I went to them for records from Living Sacrifice, Becoming the Archetype, Focal Point, Advent, the first Embodyment record and other Christian bands.
The singer for this band has stated (after the record came out) that he's not agnostic or searching, but that he's completely atheist. Now, I can't speak for the rest of the band, but when the vocalist and lyricist states something like that, it's a pretty safe bet this isn't a Christian record. I picked it up knowing it was somewhat controversial, but I thought it would be challenging Christian norms or something along those lines, but it turns out that I was wrong. Sadly I found out after I bought it.
But to be honest, the problem isn't so much theirs as it is Solidstate's for putting out records that clearly aren't Christian, which is what they were known for in the past. If you want to be a Christian hating atheistic band, by all means, have at it, but I feel that the label shouldn't have released it knowing the beliefs of the band and content of the album.
I guess what I'd like to see is either Solidstate outright saying "You never know what you might get from us spiritually speaking" or "we aren't a Christian label anymore" or to have another imprint for the secular stuff, but again, I went into this purchase thinking I was buying a Christian metal CD because of the reputation of the label and that is not what I got.
Now for a review, as a secular album it's pretty good, very fast and furious and the vocalist does an incredible job, but again, please don't buy this if you're thinking it's a Christian record. If you like metal, buy it, but don't go into it looking for anything more than that.