Found in Far Away Places
Label: Fearless Records
The Top 10-charting Christian metalcore band rains down storms of hellfire and brimstone -- about wiping away filth, souls in need of saving, martyrs dying for the rest of us. They deliver their sermon in time-tested screamo fashion, so you can sense smoke billowing from their ears. But if you focus on the guitars, you'll notice the surf twang in "Identity," whimsical Eastern European rhythm snaking out of "Separating the Seas," a western movie hoedown through "Majoring in the Minors," semi-classical scales all over, especially in "Vanguard." Cool stuff where you'd never expect it.