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EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/guitarist Shane Ochsner builds on the strengths of his former band Hands with a clear-eyed confidence. Phoenix picks up on the atmospheric textures and soul-bearing content that made the final Hands album, Give Me Rest, so memorable. Going further, Ochsner surrounds his yearning confessions with an expansive sound that contrasts post-rock drones with startling dynamic shifts. Anyone familiar with typical Christian metalcore will be struck by the sheer visceral honesty evident in tracks like “The Fool,” “Come Down," and “Speak” (the latter featuring Christian Lindskog of Blindside). Desperate prayers and lamentations are interwoven with dreamily contemplative moments, delivered with an unusually effective blend of harsh and clean vocals. Slowly unfolding songs like “Most Days” (an unflinching look at addiction) set up the listener for raw-throated testimonials to God’s majesty like “You Are.” The hymnlike closing track, “Promixa”—featuring the angelic voice of singer/songwriter Holly Ann—rises from a luminous murmur to a sonic tidal wave that carries home the album’s message of surrender and devotion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/guitarist Shane Ochsner builds on the strengths of his former band Hands with a clear-eyed confidence. Phoenix picks up on the atmospheric textures and soul-bearing content that made the final Hands album, Give Me Rest, so memorable. Going further, Ochsner surrounds his yearning confessions with an expansive sound that contrasts post-rock drones with startling dynamic shifts. Anyone familiar with typical Christian metalcore will be struck by the sheer visceral honesty evident in tracks like “The Fool,” “Come Down," and “Speak” (the latter featuring Christian Lindskog of Blindside). Desperate prayers and lamentations are interwoven with dreamily contemplative moments, delivered with an unusually effective blend of harsh and clean vocals. Slowly unfolding songs like “Most Days” (an unflinching look at addiction) set up the listener for raw-throated testimonials to God’s majesty like “You Are.” The hymnlike closing track, “Promixa”—featuring the angelic voice of singer/songwriter Holly Ann—rises from a luminous murmur to a sonic tidal wave that carries home the album’s message of surrender and devotion.

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About Everything In Slow Motion

Fusing introspective, spiritually oriented lyrics with powerful heavy metal guitars and drums, Everything in Slow Motion was a project launched in 2012 by Shane Ochsner, formerly the leader of the Christian prog metal band Hands. Hands broke up following extensive touring in support of their album Give Me Rest, with Ochsner believing the band had creatively run its course. In the fall of 2012, Ochsner introduced Everything in Slow Motion with an EP called Red, released by Christian hard rock label Facedown Records; recorded with producer Josh Barber, the EP featured Ochsner handling all the instruments and vocals himself, while continuing the traditions of dark introspection and tough but ambitious music from Hands. In late 2013, Ochsner and Facedown dropped the first full-length album from Everything in Slow Motion, Phoenix; the album fared well with critics and rose to 31 on the Billboard Christian Albums charts. ~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    Kansas City, MO
  • FORMED
    2012

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