The World is Waking

An Album By


Review by

Listen now

In a scene with world-class bands like Crowded House, Mercy Me and Third Day, it’s hard for a band to really stand out. Unspoken’s new EP, The World is Waking, does this by adding exciting new elements to otherwise familiar Christian Contemporary (CCM) styles. The band combines a melody of techniques on this album that make it a fresh release in a relatively predictable genre.

The first thing to note is that The World is Waking is a slow album, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking. As the CCM target is writing catchy music to accentuates the powerful meaning behind the lyrics, Unspoken really does hit the mark. The vocal performance on this record is impressive, and though Chad Mattson’s vocals may be a little similar to that of Sanctus Real’s front man Matt Hammitt, his performance is full of soul, and you can hear his true belief in what he sings. Musically, Unspoken has brought a fresh take on an old genre to the table; for example, “Bury the Workmen” takes the CCM style and makes it Unspoken’s own by injecting it with their soul-saturated, bluesy infusions.

Though it may be a little slow for those who enjoy the harder stuff, they’re not the target audience for this release. Ultimately, it provides something to listen to in the car or around the house, and you wouldn’t have to worry if your children were listening. If you like Sanctus Real, Casting Crowns or the David Crowder Band, this album is well worth picking up.


Tigerwine 2020

A Disparate Vintage

On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."


Full Feature
My Epic performing their last final show before COVID-19

Between the White Noise

My Epic's last full-length album came out in 2013; despite a number of EPs along the way, the band's dedication to their craft, lyrical approach, and unyielding approach to let the music come naturally has made them critical darlings. Now, they're learning to interact and feed a rabid fanbase in between albums and in a new normal.


Full Feature
HM covers from over the years

HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


Full Feature
Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


Photo by Quinsey Sablan

Full Feature
All Features