Glory

An Album By

Kutless

Review by

Every time I hear Kutless is releasing a new album, I think back to that self-titled debut I rocked out to as a teenager. But with each release, Kutless has slowly moved away from their rock and roll roots, and have meticulously carved out a market in CCM. (See the feature on them this issue for more.) Glory, the band’s eighth studio album, is about as far away musically from that debut as possible. It is full of worship anthems sure to be performed by your local worship band in the coming months. The inspiring lyrics and the mix of buoyant melodies and peaceful tunes will most likely become favorites among fans of CCM.

But overall, the songs have a hard time distinguishing themselves from one another – a common problem with worship albums. The musicianship is satisfactory, it’s that most of the tracks aren’t memorable, with one major exception: Kutless’s rocking roots show in the beginning of the best track, “We Lift You Up.” The upbeat tempo practically begs the listener to dance. Other notable tracks include “Always,” “Revelation” and “You Alone.” Fans of a former Kutless will pass.

Features

Drones

Droning On

The world came to a halt in 2020, but London-based Drones trudged on, giving a voice to the hurt that circulates with (or without) a pandemic: "You shouldn’t underestimate the power of writing things down or literally speaking them out loud, which I’m learning. I’m glad I made these songs, no matter how personal they are."

By

Full Feature
Brian "Head" Welch

Love and Death and Resurrection

After an eight year hiatus, Love and Death return with 'Perfectly Preserved,' an eclectic and personal release for nu-metal icon and frontman Brian 'Head' Welch. Still at the heart of it all, the man with the dreads details his life in the spotlight after returning to Korn, the launch of a holistic recovery center, and his spearheading of an autobiographical documentary. As fresh as he's ever been at 50 years old, he's still got more to give.

By

Full Feature
Top 25 Albums of 2020

The Top 25 Albums of 2020

When the going gets tough, artists create art. Despite a world reckoning outside our quarantined doors, musicians relentlessly created new music giving birth to genre-defining releases and, despite a year spent indoors, a marked 2020 full of passion and fervor. Here are our Top 25 albums of 2020.

By

Full Feature
All Features