Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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Artist: Dependency
Album: Convicted
Release Date: 5/25/10
Label: Blood & Ink Records

Sometimes when something is gone for so long, you can learn to truly appreciate it. Especially a return. What we have here is the return of Spirit-filled hardcore, with the debut from Dependency. Their debut Convicted is filled with plenty of good hardcore and punk-influenced instrumentation. The vocals from Kyle Fesmire do have a unique sound to them, nearly strained. Set asides this, Dependency have a message that is just waiting to be heard.

The short opener "Goliath" is nearly an intro to the album, which follows into the title track. Memorable gang vocals in the song shout "We will prevail!" Interestingly enough, "Forgiven" is a calming instrumental track, leading into the brutal "Ready For Conflict." The guitars come along nicely, seeming to pull the song together.

Convicted does feel a bit short, even for an EP, with only seven tracks, two of which serve as an intro and instrumental. The song lengths are also a bit over two minutes per song, but still pack a lot into them. A lack of production also seems to be present, but does not hold back Dependency's sound.

Rating: 7/10 Dependency make a splash into the hardcore scene with Convicted. Although very short, it manages to make an impact on the listener, with some of the brutal, higher pitched screams, that do sound a bit strained at times. I'm sure that only time can tell how big Dependency will get, but I'm sure that are destined to be big.

  1. Goliath
  2. Convicted
  3. Forgiven
  4. Ready For Conflict
  5. Fragile
  6. Vultures, Scavengers
  7. Decay
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