Showbread
Who Can Know It?


3.5
great

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
November 6th, 2010 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Showbread Throws Me For A Loop

Showbread is a band that has never been afraid to test the boundaries; from their controversial song "Dead By Dawn", which was condoned by Christian audiences for it’s glorification of horror movies, to their fifth album Age of Reptiles, which showed a more rock oriented style instead of the normal spazzy style the band was known for. They continued this trend with their double album Anorexia/Nervosa, which was banned in Christian record stores for it’s very dark lyrical content; but the band crossed the line of change in their newest album Who Can Know It?

After the release of the fore mentioned double album, Showbread decided to drop off of Solid State/Tooth and Nail Records, in order to self-finance an album to have complete creative control, and because the band wanted to use their music as a ministry for their beliefs. The goal was to raise 13,000 dollars by August 13th, and the band easily eclipsed the goal, with over 30,000 being raised in just a few short months. This was an impressive feat, but what does the end product sound like?

Showbread is best known musically for their style called “Raw Rock”, utilizing raw guitars and music along with screamed and sung vocals, but Who Can Know It? Is a complete departure from this style. The band still rocks musically on songs like "Myth of a Christian Nation", and "A Man With A Hammer", but gone is the screaming. There is not a single track with a single screamed lyric, instead there is Josh Dies singing throughout. Most songs are similar sounding to Showbread’s ballads from other albums, such as "Matthias Replaces Judas", and lyrically the album is very heavily Christian. The band said they wanted to be a ministry, and this album is close to bordering on being a worship album. This is a big departure from their earlier sound, even their most recent album, The Fear of God.

Even with this shocking change, Showbread still puts out an impressive album. The guitars make use of effects and different tones to keep things interesting, and the rest of the instruments do their part collectively. This is not a musically technical album; instead Showbread forces you to listen to the lyrics and mood of the songs, which is pulled off surprisingly well. They make use of keys and synths, and it just works like a charm. Josh’s vocals are soft and soothing, really getting the message the band wants to convey across.

If you were a fan of the band’s previous albums, then I suggest you check out Who Can Know It? It is a good listen, and is something different from one of music’s most diverse bands. It will throw off many listeners, but if you give it a chance, it will ring beautifully in your ears.



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WhiteWallStargazers
November 6th 2010


2647 Comments


Mods: The band gave an early download link to those who helped fund the album, so please do not remove this

WhiteWallStargazers
November 6th 2010


2647 Comments


I also can't get the album art to work. . any help would be appreciated

Maniac!
November 6th 2010


26250 Comments


This band sucks ass


Good review though

Eko
November 6th 2010


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this will be free right? will definitely check it out if thats right. could use more description of the actual album though instead of just talking about the history of the band.

Spec
November 6th 2010


27178 Comments


Good review. Not a fan of this.

WhiteWallStargazers
November 6th 2010


2647 Comments


Eko: Yes it will be free

WhiteWallStargazers
November 6th 2010


2647 Comments


It's even more subdued then that I'd say. It basically sounds like nothing they've put out, though I never did listen to the double album, so I can't say about that one

WhiteWallStargazers
November 6th 2010


2647 Comments


This album just shocked me because I figured they'd continue on the route that Fear of God went, but it's a real 180 from that

cvlts
November 6th 2010


8960 Comments


was a fan of Mathias Replaces Judas sound so i'll probably get this. eps if it free.

wewillbelegends
November 6th 2010


122 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is an odd one. I keep drifting in and out of paying attention. Maybe it's because I'm tired. I'm about halfway through, so we'll see how it goes from here.

good review, but you could describe individual songs more.

wewillbelegends
November 7th 2010


122 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^my feeling exactly after listening to it. "prison comes undone", "you're like a taxi" and "man with a hammar" are all great, but the other songs belnd together a lot. I really hope I get more into it. I'm still trying to figure out if it's a 3 or 3.5

zarkinfrood42
November 7th 2010


154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Downloading my copy right now. I'm a bit worried about it after reading this, though.

WhiteWallStargazers
November 7th 2010


2647 Comments


I'm finding it to be a nice background music album, but nothing I'd really focus on.

WhiteWallStargazers
November 7th 2010


2647 Comments


Haha yeah, I'm curious to see how their shows are, if they'll play anything off the old stuff, or really stick to this album

WhiteWallStargazers
November 7th 2010


2647 Comments


Yeah I saw them during the Fear of God tour and they're actually surprisingly good live I think. I kind of accidentally saw them at Cornerstone Festival and it was one of my favorite shows I think I've ever watched.

IAmInsect
November 8th 2010


3800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its a good thing it's free because I can't picture anyone buying it. its good but its lifeless.

you couldn't be more wrong (i've got a review in the works explaining why) but i can see where you get that. the music is tame, yeah, but this album has more heart than most, and that's not even the showbread fanboy talking.

also here is the album art: http://i916.photobucket.com/albums/ad1/chochimo/showbread-titled-medium.jpg

North0House
November 13th 2010


1764 Comments


I'm listening to this right now, and I've always known Showbread's pretty random with the sounds they put out on their records... I actually am enjoying it, I won't lie. I'll download this when they release it, that's for sure.

To me, it's sorta like Showbread's version of Oceana's Clean Head EP. At least, that's what I'm getting from it so far.

melgosa41
November 17th 2010


93 Comments


everyone should get this album its amazing and its free go on there site and get it

astrel
November 21st 2010


2614 Comments


Not a big fan of Showbread, but I might check this out since it is free. And I really like the album art.

IAmInsect
November 21st 2010


3800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the special edition and the vinyl both have sick artwork. if i could find a link to them i'd show you guys.



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