Review Summary: May raw rock kill you forever and ever, amen.3 of 3 thought this review was well written
Since their humble existence Showbread have always pushed boundaries normally deemed off limits for christians. The thing that sets them from the rest of the competition who have come to portray themselves as musical messengers of God is how dedicated they are to their cause. I myself am not a religious person but the refreshing point of what makes Showbread is they appeal to both sides of the believer and non-believer. It doesn't matter if you choose to take a quick glance or a long hard stare to digest what makes up these Georgia natives. The multiple backlashes they've received over the years from the christian community should be enough to hint at the fact they must not be your usual crusaders.
None is more evident than with the second edition to their double album release based upon a concept story written by frontman Joshua Porter aka. Josh Dies. Nervosa
is the alternate version of an identical story of a girl who has fallen from grace and now must endure obstacles to reclaim her faith. Now, you are probably wondering how this would warrant any distinction from other bands delivering the same message? Once you dabble deeper into the world of their mindful presentation it becomes abundantly clear. The case in point is riddled with dark content that carries through with eerie samples mixing unleashed atmospheric melodies that resemble a post-hardcore apocalyptic Nine Inch Nails.
showcases Showbreads love for horror by channeling bone chilling sounds that paints imagery that certainly would seem to be too edgy for their outfit. A perfect example that may catch the listener off guard would be "The Flies" which is a frightening instrumental featuring women screaming in agony from iconic films while terrorized animal squeals behind it.This formula took me by complete surprise and is done with phenomenal consistency. The best part about Nervosa
is the pure return to form which has intensified sevenfold.
The collective gang expand in the department of experimentation with different tricks as revealed on the opening track "The Journey" near the unraveling of the piece. The highlights pack a punch in lyrical content. The controversially chaotic "The Pig" tackles the taboo subject of rape with chants that shake your core and leaves you with a squirming sense, "I've spent my life down on my back/It falls asleep/It pops and cracks/And when the sun comes up again/My body dries and shrivels/Then some nice man is over me/So I throw up and giggle."
A equally sadistic music video accompanies the material giving a new meaning to "My soul is cheap, lay on top of me." The ending sample of a pig being slaughtered explodes out of nowhere surely to give an uneasy moment of silence. The uncomfortable vibe commences to row full speed ahead in the opener "The Journey" when Dies proclaiming in haunting distortion, "Open up the wide gates/ Here I come/The broad path is getting trampled under my feet/The narrow way and the tiny ugly door is getting smaller and smaller/Too small for me/Open me up just like a vacuum sucking in the dirt/Put it all inside me baby/Hear, speak, see, and rise like leviathan/Armor plated/Fire breathing"
It's easy to see why a naive christian household who would never catch the method to Showbreads madness would think they're glorifying blasphemy and filth. Continuingly pushing the envelope from how they look, sound, and present themselves is all unconventional and that's what makes them so admirable. Showbread is one of those groups where you either get it or you don't. Over the years it's been obvious they truly have something special to offer both on and off stage. The most refreshing thing is you can tell they love what they do for the right reasons. I hope Nervosa
has recruited some new fans who have never seen a christian band take chances by exposing the more sinister sides of faith and reclaimed pissed off die hards who moaned about Age of Reptiles
. So press play covered up in a blanket by a dim light and may raw rock kill you forever and ever, amen.