RI­VAL CHOIR

I BE­LIEVE, HELP MY UNBELIEF

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - STEVE BEEBEE

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POST-HARD­CORE BAND TAKE BABY STEPS FOR­WARD – BUT MES­SAGE FALLS FLAT

■ AFTER NINE years as met­al­core band Mouth Of The South, this Texan outfi t has adopted a new name and changed di­rec­tion. The lat­ter has been min­i­mal, though they have got rid of the con­stant break­downs and added some melodic sec­tions. As a re­sult, Quiet Life’s light-and-shade is an in­ter­est­ing co­nun­drum, while Re­mis­sion and Af­ter­math both fea­ture bits you can sing or shout along to – although, lyri­cally, most of the al­bum merely rages in­co­her­ently about some­thing. That some­thing turns out to be man’s re­la­tion­ship with God, which would be fi ne, were it not for the fact that it’s just not car­ried off all that well. As it is, Ri­val Choir end up man­ag­ing to preach to ab­so­lutely no-one. DOWN­LOAD: Af­ter­math. FOR FANS OF: Thy Art Is Mur­der, Stray From The Path, Your Demise.

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