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"Against the Grain CD review Sept 05"

This band is semi local to me. They are based around the Cornell Ill area. I
have personally never seen them play live, but a buddy of mine whose name
happens to be Buddy gave me a copy of their demo for review. It is interesting to note that their whole album can be downloaded for free at www.atggodrock.com . I’ll admit that I was a bit deceived when I first popped this disk in. The opening riff of the song Burdens Bared is a very fast in your face thrash metal riff that really got me pumped up and ready to start a snake pit in my room. Then the mood of the album really sets in as the riffs slow down and get more melodic. What we are presented with here is a melodic hard rock/heavy metal album. The production on this independent release is stunning. Everything is mixed very well and crystal clear. The guitars will occasionally pump out a few thrash and speed metal riffs but for the most part the songs stay catchy and more rock based. This is not a bad thing since the guitar is still nice and crunchy and still hits hard where it counts. One high point of this CD in particular is the amazing guitar solos, these solos go on and on and you don’t want them to stop. It’s very rare that you see this level of musicianship in a debut release from an independent artist. The melodic nature of some of the songs is incredible. The drummer is really good as well. He hits us with some double bass beats at times, but also does a lot of groove drumming and some great drum fills. I didn’t care much for the vocals at first, but after listening to the album several times I think they sound great. The vocals are all deep clean vocals, very classic sounding. The singer has a really good range and keeps up with the rest of the songs without becoming obnoxious. Overall this CD just rocks hard. Usually this kind of stuff is not really my cup of tea, but for
some reason these songs so easily get stuck in my head and I find myself popping this CD in when I go to work in the mornings. It’s a breath of fresh air compared to all the death and black metal I listen to on a daily basis.
The lyrics are openly Christian and deal with subject of God’s love and
God’s healing power over our souls. The overall feel of the CD is a positive one. When I do feel bad I can put this CD in and read the lyrics along with it and it will make me realize that everything will be alright and that God is in control. If you are still reading this review I would beg you to go to the band’s website to download these great songs. Also be sure to email the band and let them know what you think.
Reviewed by Dan Terry - Centurion Outpost Magazine


Discography

A self titled 5 song EP. All 5 songs are on Tri Rock radio. Song titles are (in order on EP): Burdens Bared, Open Wounds, Runnin', Scales, and Ways of this World. All are available on the bands website.

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Bio

Against the Grain was formed in early 2003. Each of us come from varying backgrounds. One was formerly a worship leader, one had given up on playing in bands, another was just starting out, and the fourth had played in Christian bands for just over 10 years. We feel that this is also what makes us unique. We have a wide variety of musical influences from some of the following secular groups such as: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pantera, Ted Nugent, Dream Theater, Metallica, and Lynryd Skynyrd; and such Christian bands as: Third Day, Bride, Whitecross, Living Sacrifice, Extol, Kutless, The Kry, and Steven Curtis Chapman. We feel that what sets us apart is the forwardly Christian lyrics with the style/uniqueness of the music. Our goal is to minister to people the love of Christ through quality music and straight forward lyrics. We want to make an impact in peoples lives, as well as to challenge them with a deeper walk with Christ.