Divine Battery, the debut album from southern California rockers 20 lb. Sledge, is packed with nine brutal tracks, laced with a bit of punk, funk and head-banging beats. In the title track, “Divine Battery,” which has a catchy, grooving beat, frontman Eli Chatman sings, “Light up the party like you’ve been chose / You feel the power from where life flow / Turn the volume up high / Drop the bass down low / Shock ’em with love.” And that is essentially the core of Divine Battery – clinging to the love God has shown us and sharing it with others. In “Crazy and I Like It,” Chatman sings about going against the increasingly secular culture and how it often makes us look crazy. Despite the demo-like sound quality of the record, 20 lb. Sledge has a definite P.O.D.-style that just needs a little polishing to really shine.
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