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Artist: Decemberadio 
Label: Slanted Records
Length: 44:24
Released: June 27, 2006
There is a glaring problem with the self-titled debut CD from Decemberadio and that is you have to wait until the sixth, seventh and eighth tracks to hear the band's best music. The reason this is such a big problem for this album is tracks one through five sound much the same, a lot of screaming rather than singing and instruments that are not in proportion to the vocals. 
Bands such as Decyfer Down, BarlowGirl and Kutless have set the bar for rock groups fusing their guitar riffs and heavy drum beats with Christian lyrics.  The second track "Dangerous" and third groove "Love Found Me" are not for the weak of heart. Conservative anti-rock churchgoers are forewarned to apply earplugs and lots of sunscreen before these nu metal tunes scorch you.
Unfortunately, the listener may not hang in there until your MP3 player reaches track six. It is incumbent on a producer when working with young artists to take a heavier hand in the album's sound. In this instance either producer Scotty Wilbanks either failed to provide that guidance or took a more active role and totally missed the mark. Tracks one through five do not demonstrate enough imagination. The instrumentals and vocals are also in competition with one another. The gear-meshing guitar riffs win out and you can't clearly distinguish the lyrics.
Fortunately if you hang around long enough there are some great tunes offered up by Decemberadio on the later tracks. "Alright My Friend" in the number seven spot is easily the best song on the record. It is a beautiful ballad with some promising vocals from Reedy. The song that immediately precedes it "Live and Breathe" is also worthy of several spins or shuffles.   
"Razor" is a cautionary rock tune reminding us that careless and thoughtless comments can literally destroy a person's self-esteem causing riffs that may never heal. This song contains a poignant missive for an audience that is likely to be made up of primarily teens and young adults. In a society that tells us to it is okay to squash, crush and stomp those who get in the way of our 'success' the song "Razor" is a tune that needs to be heard.
By Joe Montague, exclusive rights reserved

Joe Montague is an internationally published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18. All copyright and distribution rights remain the property of Joe Montague. 


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