Icon For Hire
Scripted


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
May 13th, 2012 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although Icon For Hire cannot escape comparisons to other Christian bands, they are nonetheless a beast of their own, and a rather vicious one at that.

The Christian rock scene is in a time loop. I blame Skillet’s Collide for this unfortunate consequence (although one could note the impact of Evanescence’s Fallen as well). Ever since audiences heard the chugga chugga riffs combined with strings and electronics, they’ve been consuming the formula over and over again without question. While this formula has the potential to excite, the Christian rock scene has generally used it in a dull, throwaway manner. Such bands should be attempting to break boundaries to praise the Lord through their music, yet we often receive bland albums.

In many ways, Icon For Hire’s Scripted is a child of this formula. There are indeed chugging riffs, strings, and electronics, but they are actually used effectively. For instance, Icon For Hire’s electric guitars are consistently edgy, with fast picking and the boldness to branch out into lethally tasty, heavy riffs. Also, the strings and electronics compliment each other, often creating stunning melodic soundscapes. With a synthpop and dance demeanor, the electronics are cleverly used so as to have an identity, yet still fit into the band’s sound. One could be overly critical and assert that Icon For Hire ripped off certain bands to create their sound, but ultimately the band is a beast of their own. The only truly average parts of the album are the two ballads which are ill-fitting, but not even bad songs. Icon For Hire are pulling no punches.

Attitude is what ultimately propels the band and sets them apart. Icon For Hire have the stage presence of a pop-punk band (one can’t help drawing comparisons to Paramore, especially considering the lead singer’s dyed hair), and not surprisingly, their music appropriately benefits. Icon For Hire are as pop-punk as they are alternative metal, with an energy rarely seen in the Christian rock scene. Songs are insanely speedy, and this controlled train wreck is led by Ariel, the female lead singer, who is equally speedy at singing. Her breath control is astounding, and her presence basically creates the pop and punk feel of the album, similar to The Letter Black, except more convincingly. One could grow tired of such vocal repetition, but if all you’re looking for is a crazy, heavy, fairly exciting spin on Christian rock, look no further.



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pizzamachine
May 13th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yet another female fronted band I like!

CaptainDooRight
May 13th 2012


30242 Comments


I doubt this would be my thing but I really enjoyed ur review bro

pizzamachine
May 13th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heh, I doubt it too. Thanks!

seedofnothing
May 13th 2012


3425 Comments


Good review Pizza! Pos

pizzamachine
May 13th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks very much!

Tyrael
May 13th 2012


20946 Comments


Kinda ironic that a christian band looks really gay

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pizzamachine
May 13th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They're actually super popular in Christian circles, I dunno about secular audiences though.

Acanthus
May 13th 2012


9545 Comments


I'm going to either agree with your rating or pass it by .5 : P

As a huge sucker for alternative styles I really dig the girls style, though I can see them pulling an Evanescence someday and dropping the Christian label.

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zaruyache
May 13th 2012


7254 Comments


Christian rock


You lost me.

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Eko
May 13th 2012


2119 Comments


I can't see this being that good based on the negative things I read when they signed...

Eko
May 13th 2012


2119 Comments


also "The Christian rock scene is in a time loop."

*hard rock/mainstream rock/whatever term you use to describe bands like Skillet

AsoTamaki
May 13th 2012


2525 Comments


This is no good. A lesser Paramore.

Acanthus
May 13th 2012


9545 Comments


Meh Paramore only have a handful of actual tracks worth anything imo, this is fun.

pizzamachine
May 13th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm kinda loving this at the moment, glad you like it Acanthus not that I'm surprised. :P

Acanthus
May 13th 2012


9545 Comments


Haven't made it all the way through yet, the slower numbers really aren't my thing today.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2012


28785 Comments


was waiting for this to show up on here

Acanthus
May 13th 2012


9545 Comments


Definitely not edgier than Flyleaf, this chick's got nothing on those vocals; dress wise sure, vox no.

Acanthus
May 13th 2012


9545 Comments


Really don't like CC.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2012


28785 Comments


sleigh bells is awful too, but most of that andcas list is pretty much great

Acanthus
May 13th 2012


9545 Comments


It has Blondie, of course it's going to be good!



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