If thereis one word I could use to sumup I Am Alpha and Omega’s The Roar and the Whisper, it would be passionate. I say this without even reading up on their bio, which says, This album is a culmination of our passion and dedication to this band for the last 3 andfrac12; years. By far and away it is not only the best thing we’ve ever done but a true representation of the band.” Well said Donny (vocalist) and I agree.
When I first heard IAAAO I wasn’t sure what to think. I didn’t hear anything mind blowing just some solid hardcore mixed with good singing. The more I listened though the more I loved.The Roar and the Whisper may not change the face of hardcore forever but it gives a heart to hardcore that many bands seem to lack these days. Perhaps we could refer to them as heartcore… anyone…anyone?
The album starts of with an invitation that God would make his presence fall. It is not often that I feel a sense of worship when listening to Christian hardcore and this brought it about and for that I applaud IAAAO. The second track “The Lost and the Captor ” gives you a better idea what this band is capable of:heavy riffs solid screams and vocals and good song composition. “My Greatest Need” carries on in this same fashion andhas some great sing-along parts as well as danceable rhythms that will have you bobbing your head. The title track “The Roar and the Whisper ” takes a little long to start and at first couldn’t really grab my attention. But let me tell you there are some tasty production treats in this song that make it well worth the wait. This song quickly became the song I let me friends listen to so give it a chance. Their record continues in this manner throughout a rollercoaster of sounds and styles. From instrumental “The Rescue” to melodic brutally heavy a la “Whistle Falls” to incredibly melodic “Chasing “this album has it all and I agree with Donny when he states that this is their best music to date. It is great seeing a band mature rather then stagnate.
Stand Out Tracks:
“The Roar and the Whisper”
“The Lost and the Captor”
I appreciated that this album did not sound like a typical hardcore CD.It wasn’t littered with 808 beats and breakdowns; in fact at times it was reminiscent of bands such as Hopesfall and Stretch Arm Strong.This album from beginning to end exudes passion. From the opening track in which vocalist Donny asks for God’s presence to fall to the final track rejoicing in God’s undeserved love for us IAAAO has put together a solid album. This album will likely not redefine hardcore for you but it will be an album that you will not regret purchasing.