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Volume and Density
Artist: Duvall 
Label: Asian Man Records
12 tracks 45:25

Duvall started in 2001 after Josh Caterer quit his old punk band The Smoking Popes since becoming a Christian in 1998. Duvall picks up where the Popes left off with their first full-length project Volume and Density

Caterer has the mark of a true Chrisitian -- humility. In the first song off the new record "All in Your Hands" he talks about failing God, which makes him unworthy of God's love and incapable of making it on his own. In another song, he shares a part of his testimony in seeing the glorified Christ in a dream and how that made him surrender his life to Christ. 

But Caterer's finest lyrical moment on the album may be in "Between the Lines" when he sings: "When I read between the lines, it don't take long to find a heart that's breaking / And the joy you left behind is greater than the one you've been faking."

Not every song off Volume and Density is a radio hit, but Duvall's specialty is sincere vocals and consistent songwriting with rock'n'roll that is Weezeresque. Still in terms of Duvall's musical journey the best is yet to come.

Matt Modrich  1/8/2004


Duvall is one of those bands that has great crossover potential, with a modern rock sound that would fit in well on a variety of radio formats.  Eventually, after a few hits, they would have to deal with the same controversy that surrounded Creed and Evanescence – whether or not they were a “Christian” band.

While the concept of music being “Christian” or “secular” seems ludicrous, it is probably better to focus on Volume and Density.  Sonically, they make me think of Wisconsin band Huddle at times, at others pretty much anything on adult alternative radio.  The Caterer’s guitars (Josh and Eli Dixon Caterer) stand out throughout, particularly on “Gimme Some Light.”  Other tacks of note include “All in Your Hands,” “Where I Belong,” and “Jesus Never Leaves Me.”

I’m still laughing at the choice to cover Spandau Ballet’s “True,” but Duvall infuses it with a harder sound, while still remaining faithful to the original.  Some major potential here.

Brian A. Smith
8 August 2004

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