Saving Grace brings a new definition to brutality in music. For nearly a decade Saving Grace has been melting the face of the world with its signature style of raunchy, heart-pounding metal. With their hearts set on Christ and a passion for music, these guys refuse to conform and blend their style of metal with anything else. They experiment with their own ideas, but they never lose their identities like so many other bands in this genre do. The story with The Urgency is no different.
This is the age of vanity. Nothing is sacred except for self. I refuse. I lift my body from the floor. I shall participate no more; I ‘m gouging out my mind’s eye with bloody fingers of severed hands. Wash me clean and keep me free.
This album marks a new level of intensity with the way the band plays and the “hold nothing back” attitude of the lyrics. Songs like “Horse Apples” are what the lost of the world need to hear to get them back on track. Guitarist/vocalist Vasley Sapunov wrote “In the Temple of the Snake” about the vicious cycle of pornography addiction and the utter helplessness one feels when captive to it. “1994” and “Anthem of the Underground” shows the band’s passion for this music and the scene as a whole. The single, “Ablaze”, seems to have a heart of worship which, in my opinion, differs from most songs in this genre. It is a song that sets your soul on fire for God.
I bite the hand that freely feeds. I am the cause of all this pain. Bind my hands. Bury me. Gouge my eyes out. Set me free. Bury me.
This album is not for children; this is an album about raw, brutal, real life. The story that spawned the whole idea behind “The Urgency” was when (lead-vocalist) Nick Tautuhi witnessed a man viciously slashing his wrists while a passerby films the whole thing on his phone. The sad fact is that our society is at the point where we value hits on YouTube more than human life. Seeing the hopelessness in the man’s face and the urgency he had to end his life made Nick see more clearly how much this world needs Christ and the hope that He brings to the world.
Listen… Be not sedated. Be not amused. Be not silenced. Hide not this truth.
I wish I could have heard of this band years ago, but thankfully, they are only getting better with age. Saving Grace is a band I highly appreciate because they hold to Christ so tightly in a genre that is filled with Satan’s lies which is something to be commended.