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Editors’ Notes

Though they lead the metalcore pack in their native New Zealand, Saving Grace have yet to score a breakthrough in the States. The Urgency may finally give them the major exposure they deserve thanks to its unrelenting sonic attack and palpably fervent lyrics. Pantera and Slayer are obvious influences, as well as ‘80s-style thrash and hardcore. The band’s Christian faith is at the heart of every note played here—each track has a life-and-death desperation that confronts listeners head-on. “We are the broken, we are the lost,” frontman Nicholas Tautuhi roars in “The Anthem of the Underground,” a soul-deep cry for salvation repeated across the album overall. The songs' redemptive content is driven home by the twin guitar attack of Vasaely Sapunov and George White, filling the tracks with savagely dueling fretwork. Songs like “+0,” “Like a Trainwreck," and “Temple of the Snake” bristle with grinding riffs, startling tempo shifts, and searing vocals. Images of corruption, despair, and loss rise out of the musical violence, culminating in the apocalyptic title track.

Customer Reviews

A bit of stunted growth here

This album is enjoyable and certainly will entertain fans of hardcore, but unfortunately this is a step down in quality from their last album. The King is Coming had a destructive taste to it lyrically, vocally and instrumentally. While The Urgency does a good job of having that hardcore vibe, it doesn't bring nearly the same heaviness into play. The vocals are turned down a ton, with the amazing lows from TKIC being replaced by airy mids. The sound quality feels empty, like it's missing it's foundation, something that Saving Grace perfected on TKIC. This isn't a bad album by any means and you'll certainly enjoy it if you're a fan of Saving Grave. But unfortunately, if you were hoping for an album that displayed Saving Grace's evolution since TKIC, you won't find it in this album. The Urgency is a bit of a step back. The King is Coming remains Saving Grace's best album with no worthy contenders.

What happpened?

How can you go from the King is Coming to this? I love these guys. Which is why I am so dissapointed. I thought this album was going to be so brutal...and its just not. But hey, if it brings glory to Jesus Christ than whatever! :]

Saving Grace

Saving Grace is proving once again how they are one of the best in the business. This is their best album to date. I thought it would be hard to top The King Is Coming, but somehow they did, so buy this album immediately.

The Urgency, Saving Grace
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jan 21, 2014

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