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Unread 06-12-2010, 09:40 PM   #1
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Manafest - The Chase

01. No Plan B
02. Fire In The Kitchen
03. Supernatural
04. Every Time You Run
05. Bring The Ruckus
06. Avalanche
07. Married In Vegas
08. Renegade
09. The Chase
10. Better Cause Of You
11. Breaking Down The Walls
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And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor does He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Unread 06-12-2010, 09:43 PM   #2
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10 - Amazing CD. Everyone should own it.
9 - Among the best of the year.
8 - One of the top CDs around, but could have been improved in a few places.
7 - Not a bad CD, but could have been better in a number of places.
6 - Pretty good for it's genre, but overall it's only acceptable.
5 - Decent CD, but only if you're a big fan of this genre.
4 - If you love this band, you'll like this CD. Otherwise, probably not.
3 - If you're a fan of this genre, the CD is barely acceptable.
2 - If you're a big fan of this band, this CD is tolerable.
1 - Even if you like this band, you won't like this CD.
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And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor does He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Unread 06-13-2010, 07:54 AM   #3
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Good stuff, this. You can hear Trevor McNevan's influence all through the whole record. Sounds very early TFK (Set It Off) or Pillar (Fireproof era) as opposed to all of Manafest's previous stuff, whic hwas usually straight-up rap or hip-hop.

The only minuses I have are Mana's incessant use of auto-tuning his own voice when he actually sings instead of rapping, which is okay for one or two songs, but gets a little grating as the whole album goes through. I like how he lowers his key for "Bring the Ruckus", though, reminds me of Ryan Clark from Demon Hunter.

The other thing is the pacing of the album's end. The last two tracks seem tacked on a bit. If they were moved, say, Better Cause of You to between Avalanche and Married In Vegas, and Breaking Down the Walls between Supernatural and Every Time You Run, it flows much better. The title track is a perfect closer, IMO, and the other two just don't really fit there. Its makes the album fall off rather quickly at the end. You could even chop those two off completely, and you aren't really missing all that much.

Overall, I give it a score of 7/10, a very solid effort, enjoyable listen. I hope that Mana continues down this path in the future, because there aren't a lot of Christian bands in this genre of "rap/rock" anymore, and this was some of the best I've heard in a long time.
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Unread 06-13-2010, 10:26 AM   #4
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7/10. Very good CD! The whole rap rock sound works very well, and Trevor's guest vocals also highly add to the album. Trevor's vocals are especially incredible on places like the chorus of Renegade, I don't think that chorus would be nearly as good if not for Trevor. Once Chris gets going with his raps, those are also very good and engaging, they work very well on Plan B.

The only reason the album is a 7 is because there's lots of forgettable songs. Almost all the songs have little hooks, or good parts here and there, but I found myself deleting about half of the songs, just because as a whole, they weren't that great. But when the sound works, the album is very enjoyable.

Like Ben said, there really isn't much Christian rap rock anymore, so it's also good to see some new stuff of that genre.
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