We As Human (Self-Titled Album)
Song List : 1. Strike Back 2. Dead Man 3. Bring to Life 4. Let Me Drown 5. Zombie 6. We Fall Apart 7. Take the Bullets Away 8. Taking Life 9. Sever 8. I Stand
If you’ve been to a Skillet show lately, you’ve probably heard some long-haired, hard-rockin’ folks open for them. This band that you heard is We As Human. In fact, John Cooper produced We As Human’ latest album, and included two of its tracks ( “We Fall Apart” and “Strike Back”) on the RISE pre-order disc. But all this publicity begs the question- are they any good?
We As Human rocks a little bit harder than Skillet. That being said, they also bring forth a bolder message than Skillet, and tend to write on more spiritual themes, like separating from sin and drawing closer to God. Vocally, Justin Cordle does an amazing job getting the message across. The passion within his voice combined with powerful lyrics and a unique sound gives every track a power and atmosphere different from other music, including Skillet. Speaking of Skillet, their lead singer, John Cooper, is a featured artist in the song Zombie. Atop all of this, Lacey Sturm, former lead singer of FlyLeaf, is featured in the song “Take the Bullets Away,” which is one of my favorites on the album:
The amazing sound and message brought by Lacey and Justin both crying out to God comes together to form an amazing song that has become very popular. Just give it a listen!
Lyrically, We As Human isn’t ashamed of their message. Here is an example from from “I Stand”: “I believe that He has died and He has risen again / I believe that He will burn this world down in the end / I don’t care what you think about me or what I say / I mean every word / Why should I be ashamed?” Fearlessness is something that is always a plus for any Christian band, and they also aren’t afraid to jump from screaming, slamming hard rock to slower tracks like “We Fall Apart,” which describes how we, as humans (clever!) are in need of God:
Diversity within the genre of hard rock, as well as encouraging and powerful themes make We As Human an album to get, and fans of bands like Skillet, FlyLeaf and Disciple may find it very enjoyable, as I did. With albums like this, I don’t look back and think “Man, that album sounded awesome!” I look back and think about how much God used that album to help me through situations in life. Whether it’s separating completely from sin such as lyrics from “Sever” like “Separate my Soul / Watch as you expose / All this violence / Out of Control / Cancer in my bones / You won’t let me go / So it’s you I sever,“ or not conforming to this world and standing above all the hate such as in the lyrics of “I Stand,” “I stand / When everything is falling around me / I stand / In spite of all the pain that surrounds / I stand / I’ll stand here with my fist raised high / When everything falls / When everything falls / I stand,” We As Human easily becomes an example to follow, not just a band. While their message has thinned from their previously-released independent albums, this one is still in no way anything but Christian. So give the band a shot, it’s well worth it!
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+Featuring John Cooper
+Featuring Lacey Sturm
-Message is not as thick as it was in their indie albums