Patterns

An Album By

Cloverton

Review by

Listen now

Independent newcomer Cloverton has had a convenient start to its career. After winning Camp Electric’s “Rock the Camp” contest in 2011, the band has been able to build a loyal fan base without the hassle of a record label. Now, with two EPs, plenty of shows and a successfully funded Kickstarter under its belt, the group found the perfect time to release its debut album, Patterns.

The album opens with a minute-long instrumental, which leads nicely into the staccato strings and simple piano melody of “Someday.” Instead of opening with words of praise or answers, the band begins by asking a few personal questions: “How long will I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?” It’s nice to hear these lyrics in a world where so many modern worship albums focus solely on praise, but ignore doubts and trials.

Other songs, such as “Father’s Love” and “Bridge,” break the contemporary Christian music mold a bit with less common time signatures and nice imagery. “Bridge” concludes with one of the strongest lyrics on the album: “I built a kingdom bigger than Egypt / I built a wealth richer than gold / I built a hole that came between us / You built a bridge.”

This isn’t to say the album is notably unique. Tracks like “Green Light” fit the typical contemporary Christian song structure. (Take a deep breath: opening verse, a second verse that sounds like the first, crescendo, chorus, diminuendo, third verse also almost same as the first, then an energetic repeated chorus followed by a closing verse for good measure.)

Musically, Cloverton sounds like a cross between Third Day and Gungor, with the occasional hint of Coldplay on a few tracks. It shines brightest on the ballads, but the group will probably gain radio play with its more typical songs of praise. Regardless, Patterns is a nice start.

Features

Imperial Triumphant - 2021

Alphaville’s Metal Renaissance

With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.

By

Photo by Alex Krauss

Full Feature
Atreyu- 2021

Atreyu's Baptism

At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.

By

Photo by Ashley Osborn

Full Feature
Heaven's Metal: An Oral History of the Genesis of Christian Metal

Heaven's Metal

When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.

By

Full Feature
All Features