Ivoryline - Vessels

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Christian Rock, Post-hardcore
Tooth & Nail Records
Ivoryline
Vessels
Ivoryline - Vessels Review rating:
3.5
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Average: 3.8 (6 votes)

In certain circles, Christian Rock has become something of a laughable phrase, a gimmick that greedy, and usually untalented, bands use to gain as much fans (and money) as possible. Which is why it’s always a pleasant surprise when a band breaks through that not only take their faith seriously, but provide some kickass tunes in the process. This is what Ivoryline does with their sophomore album Vessels.

The album starts off with “The Healing.” The track begins with a strong guitar riffs and drumbeats as frontman Jeremy Gray belts spiritually-tinged lyrics like “You can’t live a full life/standing just outside the truth,” and captures much that is great about this band and this album: thoughtful lyrics, excellent post-hardcore influenced instrumentation, and strong verses and chorus. On “Search Me Out,” the band carries a slightly darker tone, with a hint of discord spread throughout the song’s riffs. With “Hearts Open,” Gray does indeed open his heart for the listener to peruse as he yearns “it’s much easier to cast a judgment/ we’ve forgotten where our hope is.” Title track “Vessels” sounds ready for rock radio, while the band blasts materialism and the current generation on “Walking Dead” with lines like “All the things we think we need/ All the things we need have taken his place.” On “Made From Dust” and “You Bring Fire,” the album’s two closing tracks, the band shows off their softer side.

Overall, Vessels, is a very strong album. On it, the band prove that they are a force to be reckoned with in the Christian scene. While the blatantly Christian lyrics might turn off many secular listeners, the album’s poignant lyrics regarding spirituality and exceptionally strong post-hardcore-tinged instrumentation will make the album a hit among more religious listeners. All in all, this is a strong release from a great band, and only time will tell how far they go.

1. The Healing
2. With Daylight
3. Search Me Out
4. Instincts
5. Hearts Open
6. Vessels
7. No One Else
8. Walking Dead
9. The Greatest Love
10. Broken Bodies
11. Naked
12. Made From Dust
13. You Bring Fire

Ivoryline formed in 2003 under the name Dead End Driveway, releasing an EP and an album under this name before changing the name to Ivoryline in 2005. Soon after the name change, the band was selected to play at the 2006 Vans Warped Tour. While on the tour, they were scouted by Tooth & Nail Records, who signed them in 2007 and released their debut full-length, There Came a Lion, in February 2008. The album hit #25 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and #15 on the Top Heatseekers Chart.

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