Disciple (USA-TN)
Scars Remain


4.0
excellent

Review

by Probably the last mimsy USER (9 Reviews)
November 9th, 2009 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very good album that treads the line between Hard Rock and Metal, and leaves the listener as the benefactor.

After being a mainstay in the slightly “underground” Christian Metal scene for years, Disciple released their mainstream debut Disciple . This album marked a change in sound, Disciple went from a Groove Metal to Hard Rock sound, much to the dismay of many of their longtime fans. Disciple took you through its land of generic mediocrity, and left you with few memorable moments afterwards. Thankfully, Disciple recognized their faults from their self-titled, and has improved rather nicely with their latest album, Scars Remain . So, you may ask, what is so much better now?

Most everything thankfully. Kevin Young has let loose with his vocals, mixing his singing, with a higher register scream. He is able to slide in and out of screaming (and singing) quite nicely and rather smoothly. This is not to say that the clean vocals have been forgotten though, as he shows a nice range throughout the album, showing at times a southern tinged flavor that hints towards their next album. The other band member of particular note is guitarist Brad Noah. Mostly present in his heavy, metal riffs, Brad also graces us with several solos. None ever seem overdone or out of place, but instead are a welcome addition to the band’s unique sound. The rhythm section is likewise solid. Sadly, the bass is (of course) pretty inaudible. The drums however do hold their own against the vocals and guitar. Though never performing any amazing feats of “drummery”, he is a consistent player and does exactly what a drummer is supposed to, keeps the beat.

Starting with “Regime Change”, it is plain to see that Scars Remain is off to a strong start. Beginning with a picked electric guitar and some light pings off the ride cymbal, the distortion kicks in with Kevin screaming. Featuring some above-par lyrics, the guitar solo steals the show towards the end of the song. Moving right along to “Love Hate (On and On)”, this song carries a more rock oriented sound. The chorus can definitely get monotonous and is slightly ironic (literally: “It goes on and on and on and on”). It is a fairly average song all around. “Scars Remain” kicks things back up to Metal levels. It is one the heavier songs, with a sing-scream verse, and mostly screamed chorus. Kevin’s voice is the definite highlight of this song, as it is the first song that utilizes the screams as much as it does. “Game On”, is a song built straight for WWE theme song glory. Sadly it seems that is all it was made for, laden with pseudo-aggressive lyrics delivered in a semi rapping fashion. That sentence should say all one needs to hear concerning this song. “Dive” starts with Brad’s quick lead work into the main riff. Verging slightly on Speed Metal, this song has a strong religious overtone. Not a bad thing in the least for me, it should be said though, as it is a main discouraging point for many. “Purpose to Melody” is my favorite song. An all around solid track, it shows all members on their game. Once again, Brad’s solo towards the end is the best part of the song, and shows he is more than able to shred when he so pleases. As one of the two softer songs, “No End At All” should be mentioned. After such a strong collection of songs, it comes as a bit of a letdown that this was chosen as the closer. It is mostly drum and vocally driven, but Brad throws in a southern influenced solo towards the end, which does sound rather nice. The main problem with this song is the buzz kill it provides. After getting your heart pumping with the heavier songs, the album finishes with a song more likely to be found on a Jeremy Camp record.

This is an album that bridges the Groove Metal found on their older releases, with the Hard Rock sound adopted from their self-titled. It sees the comeback of Kevin’s harsher vocals and even some Southern Metal influences along the way. It should be noted again that this is a Christian band, and thus a Christian album as well. I fully understand that this is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, regardless of my beliefs, the band's beliefs, and those of the people reading this, I am reviewing the music and nothing else. That being said, this is a solid album worth at least a listen from any fan of Hard Rock/Metal.

Recommended Tracks:
Regime Change
Scars Remain
After the World
Dive
Purpose To Melody



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Emim
November 10th 2009


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Idk how to feel about this review, kinda like it and kinda hate it. I'll let y'all decide for yourselves, feedback is appreciated as always.

Restitution
November 10th 2009


68 Comments


Some awkward usage of commas and irregular period spacing. Reads like a track by track but overall a decent review.

ninjuice
November 10th 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First two paragraphs made me wonder if you'd plagiarized mine haha.
Restitution speaks truth.

fromtheinside
November 10th 2009


18717 Comments


purpose to melody is good, the rest of this not so much.
excellent review i felt.

Digging: Devin Townsend Project - Z2

Emim
November 10th 2009


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crap, I forgot you even wrote one. Sorry if it seems like that, was completely unintentional.

As for the other things, I'm use a lot of commas. Might fix it later, probably not now though.

Thanks fromtheinside.

ninjuice
November 10th 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Purpose to Melody isn't even in the top 4 songs here.

Emim
November 10th 2009


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They're not in order except for where they are placed on the album. Purpose is my favorite song actually.

InTheShallows
November 10th 2009


269 Comments


Regime Change is eeeaaasily the best song here, and After the World is the perfect radio rock ballad (i.e. not that great). The rest is pretty forgettable really.

fromtheinside
November 10th 2009


18717 Comments


both 'dive' and 'regime change' are pretty meh. 'purpose to melody' gets kudos for sounding like something straight out of a Bond film.

Emim
November 10th 2009


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh, those are two of the better songs imo.

tiesthatbind
February 8th 2010


7375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. I like this album.

Emim
February 8th 2010


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, this one one of the first "heavy" albums I ever got.

tiesthatbind
February 8th 2010


7375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it's one of the heaviest albums I listen to. Have you heard their new album, Southern Hospitality? It's a lot different from this, but I actually like it a little bit more than this.

Emim
February 8th 2010


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think they should've kept a lot more metal in their sound, while keeping the southern rock aspect as well. I'm interested in their next one's sound. If you like SH, you should try "Temptation Come My Way" by The Showdown.

tiesthatbind
February 8th 2010


7375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I figured Scars Remain would be more of a favorite. I like the overall southern rock/metal hybrid of SH, with less screamed vocals, but that's just a personal preference.

I'll look into that album you mentioned too.

fromtheinside
February 8th 2010


18717 Comments


album blows.

Emim
February 8th 2010


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You lie.

tiesthatbind
February 8th 2010


7375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My personal favorite from this is Someone, I love the way it goes from the heavy thrashing intro to the melodic verse and chorus.

Emim
February 8th 2010


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, that song is another fave of mine. I didn't really mean so much that SH needed more screaming, just more of the Thrash that is on Scars.

tiesthatbind
February 8th 2010


7375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My personal opinion is that Scars Remain has a few more standout moments, but SH is more well-rounded as an album. There's a few here that I'm not that too fond of: Love-Hate, title track, Fight For Love. (Game On is okay sometimes) The only track on SH I don't like is the last one. But yeah, a bit more thrash on SH would've been fine.

I'm gonna review SH pretty soon, it doesn't have any reviews on here and it needs one.



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