They started out as an Indie band and in a “God Only Can” kind of way they signed on with Tooth & Nail Records (Hawk Nelson, Icon for Hire, Sent by Ravens, Family Force 5, Anberlin, etc.) and have now released their sophomore album “World We View”.
This proved to be a trying experience for the guys of Nine Lashes. While at dinner one night at the house of their two guitar players (Adam and Jonathan Jefferson) they witnessed the heart attack that killed their father. “Afterglow” came from the experience and so did the entire tenor of the album. A commentary on the pain life can sometimes bring and the way it can impact the world we view…(See what I did there)…this album has great potential. Let’s see if it measures up!
Anthem of the Lonely
I have not heard a lot of this band, but having just had my morning cup ‘o joe and plugged this in…I think I’m in love. Jeremy Dunn’s vocals are indescribable but outstanding and PERFECT for this style of music. This song is as it says, an anthem NOT for…but from/of the lonely. If we are being cast out because we follow Christ…we are winning more than we could being part of the group.
I love a hard metal song that starts off with a charming piano melody. It’s a sweet contradiction. “Wait…this intervention is mine…” This song is about an intervention for ourselves against letting preconceptions silence us. Our true selves.
This song is a cry from Christ we hear less the further we stray from His path. “Get back to where you once believed”. Awesome rock beat with the perfect examples of lead singer Dunn’s vibrato on those higher notes he hits with crystal clarity. This is probably going to end up being one of my favorite songs on the album.
This song is the one that is most specifically about the bands personal tragedy this season. The lyrics seem to fully epitomize the broken-hearted feelings people have after losing a loved one. However, they managed to perfectly capture the darkness and illuminate it with the hope of Christ in the end of the song. “I’m everything BUT lost cause I’m not alone”.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.”
This is the “party” song. It’s about knowing who you are and finding joy in that. Celebrating being happy with who and what you are. I love this song! The megaphone effect on the verses and then rapid fire lyrics on the chorus. And I love Dunn’s voice on those high notes he hits on the chorus also!
Believe Your Eyes
This song contains the title in the lyrics so…title track? Anyway, the opening guitar riff in this song is melodic and outstanding. This song paints a beautiful and calming picture of the hope we have for the future world we will view. More contradictions from this band…the hard rock sound with these beautifully hopeful lyrics! It fits perfectly anyway!
“The rain. The subtle shades of gray, have all but found their way from here. The sounds…of color streaming down, is inches from the heart I hear. If I could just let it in, it’s just what I know that I’ve lost. Can anybody see? You won’t believe your eyes! A stranger to me…you won’t believe your eyes.”
Our Darkest Day
Based on their personal experience and the book of Job featuring Ryan Clark, this song addresses our need for Christ even in our darkest hours. Sometimes we are so broken and seemingly hopeless that the only thing to help us…is to scream His name. Sometimes it’s the only thing that helps. This is THE hardest song on the album so…carefully consider before playing this one for your grandma!
This is the one to play for your grandma. 🙂 It’s a much lighter rock feel but still with awesome guitar riffs, a haunting melody, and Dunn’s amazing high range vocals. To sum up the meaning of the message:
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” ~Luke 1:37
Write It Down
I’m currently in a religion course here at Appalachian and EVERYTHING we’ve been talking about recently are summed up in this song. Answer the questions, approach the tough subjects, be open to everything and everyone just as Christ was. This song is the musical accompaniment for the montage of all who seek a Christ-like church/religion. “If only the deaf would hear.”
Lighter on the verses building up through guitar riffs to an intense and epic refrain. This song was inspired by the book of Ecclesiastes. A song for a soul determined to find the right path.
The guitar on this song is amazing! I was literally just breathless for a minute. Acoustic gold! This is the song to play for the person who is your rock through your darkest night. Anyone who has ever gone through unbearable pain has had someone like this in their lives. And for those of you who know someone who has recently lost…listen, take notes, and understand what it is you’re supposed to do for them! 🙂 This is my favorite song I think…the acoustic guitars…and then the orchestra. I LOVE a could string section…and this IS a good strings section!!!
Okay…so if you like Skillet, Thousand Foot Krutch, Kutless, Pillar, and bands like that…you will LOVE Nine Lashes. I recommend this album for anyone who is going through heart ache and trial. What I think I love most about this album, is the little booklet in the cover. The front of the booklet is pictured above. A dark, stone cold wall with the Nine Lashes symbol on it. However, when you take the booklet out and turn it over…after you have finished looking through it (reading the lyrics, checking the scripture references, hearing their stories)…you see that after all this, after Christ has come in and taken those nine lashes you can finally see the “World We View”.
Looking forward to great things from this band! Keep it up guys!