The album, Wake, is the sixth studio album from the band, For Today, released by the same record label as bands such as Slayer, Behemoth, and Cradle of Filth. Just the fact that Nuclear Blast Records knew who For Today was, let alone decided to offer them a deal, is epically insane. This album is quite different from their last albums, but still carries the signature For Today sound.
“Sickness in the selfishness uhhhhh!”
First off I will warn you, before you blast this album, the first song will quite possibly blow your speakers out. I usually max out my volume on all my music, and I actually had to turn it down on the song No Truth, No Sacrifice. This massive heaviness is basically a constant throughout the album with the exception of a few tracks. Though I enjoyed this very much, I found it hard to understand the lyrics in many places. It seemed like the drums were possibly over produced.
“My skin is stronger than soil. My heart won’t be pierced by these thorns.”
For Today is one of the bands that have really been there to push me to the next level in either life or my spiritual walk, and this album is no exception. I personally was challenged by every word. The biggest impact came from the songs Bitter Roots, Determination, and Time and Tide. Bitter Roots challenged me because there is a certain pattern of behavior that I have struggled with all my life, and when I think I have it beat it bites back harder; the best way I have found to help is to “dig deeper down inside” and pull out the roots of lies and hurt from my past. Determination caught me in the same act when vocalist Mattie Montgomery dares the listeners, “show me devotion ‘cause talk is cheap.” I relate this to my walk with God and how it could be so much better than it is now. Time and Tide really helped me remember how Christ picked me up out of the dark death I was living and that others are still living in it, and that if God changed my life, He can change theirs.
“The pain is the price you pay to be stronger tomorrow then you are today.”
Over all this album was a step forward for the band. Wake is the first album that the band has recorded with only one guitarist, and really I see nothing lacking. There are a lot more technical lead guitar lines, but don’t worry there is no lack of breakdowns. I mean, come on, it’s For Today for crying out loud. They deliver every time.