Pillar is one of the premier names in Christian rock music. Though they were most definitely
not the first to play a blend of rap and rock, they were one of the first to really give it a try in the Christian
music scene. Their debut, Above, though not a very strong release, was the alternative Christian teens
needed to such acts as Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park. Their sophomore effort, Fireproof, is regarded by
some as one of the best Christian rock discs of our time. I donít know if I would go so far as to make such a
statement, but it is, indeed, among one of my favorites. It took the "hip-hop/rock" formula that Above
was contrived of, and completely reverted it to a "rapcore" feel. It was the next logical step forward, but it
still did not entirely separate them from the rest of the rap/rock bands out there. Still, Pillar has a lot
more going for them than against them. So, the next logical question is obviousÖ "Where do we go from here?"
Pillarís third release, Where Do We Go from Here?, is by far, their most melodic record yet. You could
sense it a bit on Fireproof, but it is in full force this time around. So much more emotion was poured into
this release. At times, it almost seems louder and more aggressive than Fireproof, and it probably is.
However, the melodic overlay of the entire record keeps it from seeming hardcore in any sense. Comparisons to
other rock/rap bands will still be inevitable, but Pillarís trademark sound should be enough to silence opposition.
Of course, Pillarís third release, Where Do We Go from Here?, is not referring to where they should
take their musical direction next. Rather, it speaks of the state of the American church. Pillar has always been
very bold lyrically, never straying from in-your-face lyrics that demand change for the better. Expect no
different here. From beginning to end, Where Do We Go from Here? goes far and beyond most Christian rock
acts' attempts (or lack thereof) in the lyrical department. "Let It Out" and "Frontline" (reminiscent lyrically of
"Echelon") demand we as Christians take a stand for Christ, while "Simply" lets listeners know that God
"Simply [loves], despite all the stupid things Iíve done. Itís hard to remember that You simply love,
even though I know not what Iíve done. Itís hard to remember that You simply love."
"Bring Me Down," the Chris Lord-Alge Mix, and "Holding On" go out to Christians who need encouragement in
their faith. But really, that is what this entire release is about. Itís twelve tracks of encouragement
to Christians, encouragement to live for Christ and to get out on the frontlines and live out our faith.
This CD has a little bit of everything. They even slow it down on the beautiful "Rewind," a song about
regretting past mistakes. Fans of Pillar should not be disappointed with their latest outing. Those
who never really liked Pillar might want to give them another listen. You may not be converted, but
Where Do We Go from Here?, the third in what has been a stellar career for Pillar, is definitely
worth a listen.
- Review date: 05/30/04, written by Josh Taylor