Jesus Christ – We Will Fight

Jesus Christ

    We Will Fight is one of those releases which maybe fails to live up to its potential but is fuelled by such a rich promise that you suspect its creators will find greater success in the future. The eight track debut album from Russian metallers Jesus Christ is a riotous confrontation with plenty to enjoyably satisfy the appetite, a brawl of thrash metal with healthy heavy metal expression which more often than not fires up the imagination. It is certainly a flawed adventure unleashed by the band but one which compensates with songs which treats with inventive passion drenched storms.

    Hailing from Nizhny Novgorod, the band began in 2011 with two guitarists, Max Shcheglov and Sergei Morozov. Soon joined by vocalist Andrei Mironov, who had just resigned from the armed forces, the trio set about writing and honing thrash driven songs whilst looking for a drummer, a position filled by Sabbath. The following year saw a change in the line-up with a vacancy for a guitarist being taken by Garnov Ruslan and also the addition of bassist Dmitry Ilaltdinov to the band. From a debut show with local thrashers Resurrection, Headcrushers, and Exaloud, the quintet earned a fine reputation for their performances and sound going on to share stages with the likes of Brazilian bands Astafix and Harllequin. From there they turned their attention to recording their first album, the self-released We Will Fight.

     The album starts off impressively with the instrumental March of Jesus, a track which turns through a classical bred piano beckoning into an expressive and superbly crafted charge of melodic and sonic imagination. Though the production, as across the whole of the album, is not always the most flattering to the skilled charm and invention of the sounds, the track is an enthralling and incendiary treat for the emotions; one not quite matched by the following tempest The Deadmen Attack. Immediately aggressive and openly thrash bred, the song steals easy attention with towering riffs and a violent rhythmic persuasion. Again because of the production the air around the flair of the band is too smothering and cloudy, stealing the deserved clarity of the individual and united quality of the members though the vocals survives that detriment. Mironov provides a varied attack, ranging from hardcore through to classic heavy metal wails which are not as pleasing and successful, though that is just because of personal preference to be honest. With good sonic seduction to the solo and an ever contagious ring to the riffs, the track makes a more than decent full welcome to the encounter.

     Eternal War steps up next with a deeper carnivorous growl to the bass amidst classically spawned riffs, a tone the song provides across many of its aspects within a thrash cultivated provocation. Less urgent and rabid than its predecessor and similarly less commanding on thoughts and emotions, the song still makes for a steady and pleasing proposition if failing to ignite any real hunger for its arguably messy but at times inventive presence. Traitor is a more controlled and ultimately thrilling antagonist in comparison, the bass again standing out alongside the potency of the guitars and their adventure. Riffs consistently scowl across the ears as rhythms swipe chunks out of the senses, their aligned attack rabid and magnetic defying the production and again less striking but generally capable vocals. It is the best moment of the EP to that point showing a good depth of that potency and promise mentioned at the start.

     The ravenous attack of Ahead makes a promising case for the song from the first moments and continues to light the ears with its Megadeth influenced predation, a core appeal which never loses its lure amongst the fluctuating vocals and restrictive production. Its departure brings in the excellent Revolution Now, the forty three second instrumental an infection of rhythmic temptation and vocal intrigue wrapped in a restrained but enticing melodic conspiracy. As to its purpose it is hard to say but not a question to linger over such its exciting inclusion before Blind Humanity expels its blaze of thrash ferocity and the closing title track scorches senses and atmosphere with its own incendiary energy and attitude. Both songs hold a similarity which does not work against them, with certainly the last offering a great vein of exploratory invention winding in and out of the raging causticity. They both provide the strongest moments of the album after that great brief interlude, bringing the album to an impressive and invigorating conclusion.

     We Will Fight does have issues but provides an undeniable quality from the band and a promise in sound to leave an open welcome for the band in the future, the next meeting with Jesus Christ you feel being something to eagerly anticipate if they resolve the negatives here.


RingMaster 21/02/2014

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