Disciple (USA-TN)
Scars Remain


3.5
great

Review

by ninjuice USER (49 Reviews)
April 8th, 2007 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After the disappointment of their previous mainstream debut, Christian metalheads Disciple bounce back with their best album to date.

Disciple: one of the top names in christian metal. For several years and three full-length albums their name meant lurching guitars, lots of screaming vocals, and powerful Christian lyrics. They decided it was time to break into the mainstream and signed onto a major record label. And that's where the problems started.

2005 saw the release of Disciple's self-titled mainstream album, and a significant disappoint for most fans. Gone was a large portion of the heavy sound and screamed vocals. In it's place: an album vastly under the quality of previous efforts, and hurt - not helped - by its length of 14 tracks. (It should be noted I myself enjoyed it, but it was a bit of a letdown) The band said they wanted to not be as loud and incorporate more melody into their sound, and many fans saw it as a step in the wrong direction.

But don't give up on them yet, because last year saw the release of Scars Remain. Here we see the band go back to their metal roots, while still keeping a fair amount of melody (as always). The opening track Regime Change builds from a quiet guitar picking to pounding guitar and drums. After Kevin's scream of "Build it up, tear it down!", the full band kicks in for the main riff. The first part of the verse is soft, but some screams incorporated into the verse create a great buildup to the strong and catchy chorus. After another verse, chorus, bridge, and repeated intro, another scream of "So sorry!" lets loose a guitar solo (something absent from the last album's opener). This all creates one the best opening songs yet, and quite easily one of the best Disciple songs ever.

Throughout the album, the whole band keeps on their toes, going to back to what they do best: a slightly alternative metal sound that can't necessarily be compared any other band I've heard (and my music collection is just under 2000 tracks). Here they keep on their toes, offering up plenty of stellar material that might be their best ever. Guitarist Brad Noah has always shown his skill on previous efforts, and here is definitely no exception. Whether it's the solos on Regime Change and Purpose to Melody, the finger-picking on My Hell, or the lightning fast shredding-to-riffage intro from Dive, Brad shows he is more than able to play whatever is needed in a song. You won't find any banal or filler riffs here, but instead the most abundant "metal-sounding" guitars recorded.

Kevin has likewise stepped up on vocals. Those who were disappointed by the large lack of pure aggressive screaming have reason to rejoice. While Disciple has never been an all-screaming metalcore band, Kevin felt more than content to scream his lungs out. (And the somewhat recent addition of Joey on bass means Kevin is free to run around live, all the time very energetically). Well, here is the return of that screaming, while keeping enough singing to please any of the newer fans. His singing voice might need to grow on some, but Kevin's slightly high-pitched scream should please most. Better yet, there's also some great sing/scream mixes on a couple songs.

Like (most) hard rock or metal bands, Disciple also has great ballads in their palette, slowing things down only twice. After the World is an very well done slow song, with acoustic guitar and good vocals. This song alone is better than the all the ballads from the last CD, and No End at All is pretty well done also.

Problems" Very few, but a couple. Again, like the last album, the second track is pretty close to filler quality, being pretty repetitive and having pretty cliche lyrics. The end of the title track is slow chugging guitar that eventually get slower and stops, which can definitely sound awkward. The lyrics to main single "Game On" way sound cheesy or cliche to many:
"When the lights go up and the game is on
Are you ready for me" Cause I'm ready for you

....I can see you standing there...
It's time for us to start throwing down!"

The song itself, however, is pretty darn good.

Recommended Tracks:
Regime Change
Game On
After the World
Dive
Fight For Love




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HotSalvation
April 8th 2007


258 Comments


haha

ninjuice
April 8th 2007


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haha haha haha haha



wait, I'm not the idiot here...



anyways - this might be my best review yet. Definitely the longest. This whole album is up on their purevolume: [url=www.purevolume.com/disciple][/url]

NeverFading14
April 9th 2007


380 Comments


So ninjuice, I like that you review all the cds no one wants to listen to, the hard rock christian bands. I mean, Project 86 n' demon hunter and that type o' stuff is good. and i do like your reviews even though i don't agree with a lot of it, Include more detail in the songs and style of music, like style of riffing and such. annnnd maybe listen to somthing that isn't on solid state/tooth and nail records

ninjuice
April 9th 2007


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=NeverFading14]I like that you review all the cds no one wants to listen to[/quote]There are plenty of fans for each of the bands I review, just close to none on this website

maybe listen to something that isn't on solid state/tooth and nail records


I listen to tons of secular music - KSE, All That Remains, In Flames, Linkin Park (to name a few) - so most of the albums I would want to review are already reviewed (often several times), and usually written better than I think I could. (And anyways, Disciple, Sanctus Real, Skillet, and Red aren't on T/N or Solid State)



I do think I might write a review of Rob Dougan's "Furious Angels" album since he's not even listed here. But that might not turn out long enough.This Message Edited On 07.12.07This Message Edited On 07.12.07

OmgWtfBacon
May 15th 2007


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. Disciple's latest rocks!

scarsremain
November 16th 2007


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I disagree with making Game On a recomended track. THe songs pretty lame for a Disciple song. Kevins not meant to rap

ninjuice
November 20th 2007


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^ Apparently you haven't heard any older material.

scarsremain
January 22nd 2008


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i have and i hate it

MediocreAtBest
January 22nd 2008


1473 Comments


Haha yeah, old Disciple sucks. This is their best album fo sho.

ninjuice
February 9th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wrong. The first half of Back Again is better than all of the S/T.

MediocreAtBest
February 9th 2008


1473 Comments


Back Again is monotonous as heck tho.

ninjuice
February 9th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's better than constant bore.

MediocreAtBest
February 9th 2008


1473 Comments


Monotonous=boring IMO

ninjuice
February 26th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not like the self-titled is much less monotonous, and it's all boring hard rock.

demonSABER
November 16th 2008


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was wondering if anyone has heard there latest album, Southern Hospitality?

Scars Remain is awesome, but that doesn't mean that the next album will be awesome too.

pizzamachine
September 10th 2009


13480 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Huh. I was thinking the first song sounded like Disturbed.

pizzamachine
September 10th 2009


13480 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Because of your double post you will have to forfeit your account and also compensate me with $1000 in cash. And now a giant shark will fall from the sky directly on top of you. Also, I forgive you.

pizzamachine
September 10th 2009


13480 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

We don't do double posting here in these parts.

ninjuice
September 11th 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can see Pillar for the S/T onwards but before that...

spokenorder9918
February 2nd 2011


28 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"a slightly alternative metal sound that can't necessarily be compared

any other band I've heard"



I think a lot of bands sound like them today, maybe not their old stuff though. Examples: pillar, red,

underoath, skillet, decypher down, 12 stones, etc. I actually find their lack of originality in the

current music scene the reason I never looked past this album since people say it is their best and I

was under-impressed. Lyrically it's just okay and musically it suffers from generic riffing in my

opinion. I definitely feel like they put a lot of passion into their songs though so that's a plus.



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