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Audio Adrenaline’s eighth studio album, Until My Heart Caves In, was supposed to be its last. Released in 2005, it was followed by 2007’s Live from Hawaii: The Farewell Concert—which announced the band’s dissolution in the title. Forward to 2013, and it’s apparent that original bassist Will McGinniss and founding member/songwriter/backing singer Mark Stuart weren’t ready to call it quits. They rekindled the group's fire with new frontman Kevin Max (dc Talk) before recruiting CCM stalwarts Jared Byers (Bleach) and Dave Ghazarian (Superchick). The equally catchy and groovy “He Moves You Move” opens 2013’s Kings & Queens sounding like classic Audio Adrenaline, albeit with a new life and energy. The tailing title track overflows with a soaring, anthemic chorus and the rich textures of orchestral accompaniment. Despite a funk-pop tune called “King of the Comebacks,” don’t mistake this album for a career comeback or some kind of ego vehicle. Kings & Queens was recorded to benefit Hands & Feet Project: an organization founded by Audio Adrenaline in 2004 with the mission of housing 100 Haitian orphans.

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I was a teenager when I started listening to AudioA. Still great after...well a "few" years!


The best of two worlds. AA is back and they've brought Kevin's soulful sound with them!

off to a good start.

this album is a debut album. sure - these guys have all been around the block several times and know what they're doing, but this is their first album a band. not just any band at that, but audio adrenaline.

and - it's just as inevitable to look at what audio adrenaline has done in the past as it is to look at what kevin max has done in the past - both with dctalk and as a solo artist - when you listen to this album. that doesn't mean it's fair to do so.

personally, I feel this album - not to mention this version of audio adrenaline - needs to be listened to, and reviewed, based on its own merit(s).

first of all this album sounds pretty good audio wise - sure, I'd love some more grit in there...more guitars, more of a vintage vibe for the keyboards, a little more overdrive on the bass and a little more bang in them drums...but that's me. (let me produce the next one, please? call me maybe? ;) )

kevin max' singing is probably as good here as it's been since stereotype be. I'd love for him to venture a bit more into the lower registers of his voice at times - bring out his inner bono/bowie-ish-thing...but this is radio friendly and it sounds oh so clean and oh so fresh.

the songwriting is probably the area that'll need the most attention in times ahead. don't get me wrong, there's good stuff on here, but it doesn't feel coherent: a lot of different stuff pulling in different directions. I really feel there's a lot of untouched potential as far as bringing out the best of the (current) band members combined experience - but audio adrenaline 2.0 is headed in the right direction.

i believe they'll get there.


Formed: 1986 in Grayson, KY

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With their fusion of rock, rap and funk, Audio Adrenaline emerged as one of the most popular CCM acts of the 1990s. Formed in 1986 on the campus of Kentucky Christian College, the band originally featured lead vocalist Mark Stuart, guitarist Barry Blair, bassist Will McGinnis, keyboardist Bob Herdman, and drummer Brian Hayes. Initially named A-180, they recorded an independent single, "My God," which caught the attention of Forefront Records president Dan Brock, and soon after the label issued Audio...
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