There’s been a lot of anticipation and expectation about the self-titled debut album from We As Human since the band was discovered by Skillet’s front man John Cooper. (He personally fast-tracked the band’s signing with Atlantic/Word Records.) Produced by Howard Benson (Skillet, Red, P.O.D., Flyleaf), this 10-track album is good at what it does – aggressive, heavy rock layered with trilling and gritty guitars, pounding drums and energetic vocals – yet as a whole, it feels a little generic.
Still, there are some standout songs. “Zombie” is fast-paced, rambunctious and features John Cooper himself. Lacey Sturm (formerly of Flyleaf) adds her brilliant vocals to “Take The Bullets,” a track that straddles the fence between solid rock and metal.“Dead Man” is slightly reminiscent of Project 86. And the final track, “I Stand,” is a mosh-approved anthem for any fan of Christian rock; “I believe that Jesus died and He is risen again,” vocalist Justin Cordle sings. “I believe that He will burn this world down in the end / I don’t care what you think about me or what I say / I mean every word why should I be ashamed / I Stand!”
Despite its overarching generic feel, We As Human will sell well and make a dent in the Christian rock genre. Watch out for this band; as it grows in musicianship and creativity, the next album has the potential to blow everyone away.