Hello all! Today I have another awesome independent band for you guys! Shaken hails from Mississippi, and brings with them the sounds of Red and Disciple. Their debut EP, "New Beginning" shows they are serious about their music, and have a message to share. Let's get to the review!
"History" is a strong start to the album, with an industrial intro bringing to mind the style of Red, yet with a style all Shaken's own. "History" not only hits hard musically, but lyrically as well. With lyrics such as I'm on my knees/My God I'm screaming/broken before you. /Take it all away, Jesus!, "History" makes an impact. There's a message in this song everyone can relate to.
The title track, "New Beginning" is a song about desiring to follow God's Will, and becoming a new creation. An empowering track for new Christians and others desiring to go deeper in Christ, "New Beginning" continues the heavy rock sound with relevant lyrics. "Falling" is a plea of desperation and a fear of failing God. I know I've been in that place before, and this song reaches out to people like us. "Falling" continues the heavy sound, but brings a slower, urgent feel.
"Run Away" changes things up a bit, adding a slight punk influence to their heavy sound. The theme of this song is remorse for fading away from God, and acknowledging how wrong it was. "Living without you is just living, for nothing." truly sums up a life without Christ.
Closing out the album is "Fake Tomorrow" , and is one of my favorites off the album. "Fake Tomorrow" is a stand against falling back into the trap of sin. This song is a great choice for the closer, because it not only finishes the album perfectly, but it leaves you wanting more.
"New Beginning" is a solid EP from Shaken. Like with all independent bands, there's room to grow, but these guys are definitely on the right track. With unique vocals, rock solid music, and lyrics that make an impact, Shaken is well on their way to being a top Christian band. Check out their website, Facebook, and their amazing music video for "History".