Album Reviews

Feral Hymns
Nathan Gray Feral Hymns
4.0
 on
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 12:20
submitted by
Thomas

Between The Casting Out, I Am Heresy, The New Recruits and the Nthn Gry EP, I have to admit that it has gotten increasingly hard to muster enthusiasm for projects involving BoySetsFire vocalist Nathan Gray. The one thing that they all seem to have in common, is that they don’t live up to BoySetsFire. I’m sad to say that ‘Feral Hymns’, which is being sold as Gray’s first true solo album, only helps to reinforce that idea.

Gray treats us to acoustic versions of BoySetsFire and The Casting Out songs, which – granted – are good songs. But it’s not like these acoustic version contribute much of anything to the orginal. Quite the contrary actually. Gray’s vocals work better when backed up by distorted guitars. Something that never becomes more obvious than in the downright awkward ‘Walk’.

Nothing against punks going acoustic (unless you are talking about Fearless’ Punk Goes Acoustic comps). But for an album called ‘Feral Hymns’, this one is surprisingly low on hymns and all things feral.

 

Track listing:

  1. As The Waves Crash Down
  2. Echoes
  3. Walk
  4. Burn Away
  5. Wayward Ghosts
  6. Light & Love
  7. Alone
  8. Quixote's Last Ride
  9. Across Five Years
  10. Ebbing Of The Tide
  11. Damascus
  12. Blue Hearts & Shades Of Grey