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Narnia - Ghost Town Award winner

Ghost Town
by Brynn Kail StarDew at 14 March 2023, 12:25 AM

I don’t normally listen to christian metal but Narnia is pretty good so I’ll make an exception. I am a christian and if you're into christian metal I would recommend them. I like their music which is easy to hear and has lyrics provided. They even have a nice collection of videos available to watch on their youtube! The First track Rebel definitely has a progressive metal sound with some good ol christian lyrical content. The second song on the album Thief was interesting, I wasn’t paying much attention to the vocals but started to really enjoy the guitar by CJ Grimarck around 3:30 it just really rips there good! Overall a pretty solid track The next track Hold On starts ok, it has a pretty decent mid section, more shredding, and the end is well…not what I want to hear but it satisfies.

I give them credit for mixing up the intro on track four Glory Daze. It wasn’t as interesting as the intro on the next track Descension which was a very good progressive christian rock ballad but nothing completely original. I like that this band kind of makes you think about some of these topics. It's a lot more interesting to me as a christian than the flooding of hardcore satanic metal bands which just feel kind of like a circle-jerk teenage angst in my opinion. If I wanted to listen to that I’d just listen to Scene music.

Modern Day Pharisees had a good name so I gave it a listen next and the piano was refreshing around 1:40. All around good musicianship here, I don’t really see much to complain about, I kind of think they should try and make some more videos though. The next track Out of The SIlence reminds me a lot of Maynard James Keenan's voice. It sounds good though, I could definitely see this being a good progressive metal track for the modern christian audience. The final track on the album Wake Up Call seems like it's trying too hard to be something it's not. I would have preferred to just hear more ambient piano at the intro but the screaming will suffice. It was still a pretty song, but I think they need to be a little more experimental and courageous with their sounds if they want to take it all to the “next level” I like to call it but really it is just keeping with the times.

Musicianship: 8
Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Rebel
2. Thief
3. Hold On
4. Glory Daze
5. Descension
6. Ghost Town
7. Alive
8. Modern Day Pharisees
9. Out of The Silence
10. Wake Up Call
Christian Liljegren – lead vocals
CJ Grimmark – guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, vocals
Martin Härenstam – keyboards
Andreas Johansson – drums
Jonatan Samuelsson – bass guitar,Bass Pedals, vocals
Record Label: Independent


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Edited 28 March 2023

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