DISCIPLE - By God
DISCIPLE
By God
Rugged
2000

If their last CD only stung a little, then ‘By God’ would be like wandering into a whole slew of hornet nests over and over again. After taking in the whole CD, I felt drained. It’s basically ‘This Might Sting A Little’ cranked up to about eleven (if I can steal a line from This Is Spinal Tap): hard, slamming, intensified rhythms, thick and meaty (not to mention hook-laden) guitar riffs, and vocals that would peel the chrome off of a tailpipe.

Okay, maybe I had a split-second of doubt with the opening “Yee-hawwww!” on “By God”, but the visions of coveralls (that don’t quite cover all) and cowboy hats melted away when the song kicked in, and I knew the boys crafted yet another fine piece of groove-laden hard metal. Again, I would have to make some comparisons to Skid Row’s ‘Slave To The Grind’, but somehow ‘By God’ puts the Jersey band’s finest release to shame. Big time. Now, I do want to point out that Disciple does flirt with the rap-core genre a bit on “God Of Elijah”, but with the heavily God-centered lyrics, I can forgive them.

Speaking of the lyrics, one would have to be really, really out of it to not know of Whom the band speaks. ‘By God’ is, as always, evangelical and praise heavy in that area. Aside from the opener “By God”, the next track, “Not Rock Stars”, lays it out as to who the band is: “Servants of the Most High, not rock stars / New creatures in Christ, not rock stars.” There’s no way this band will ever be accused of ambiguous meanings. Other picks for me here: “God Of Elijah”, “Blow The House Down”, “Whiny Britches” (that’s a fun one), “You Rock My Socks Off”, “Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired”, and “Rich Man”.

I’m very impressed with the way that Disciple doesn’t hold back on both the musical sides and their worshipful sides on their songs. ‘By God’ is truly a testament to submitting all to God’s glory.

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