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Spoken
Echoes Of The Spirit Still Dwell



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 12 tracks
Street Date: October 3, 2000


The band Spoken released their third album after being together for about five years. Echoes of the Spirit Still Dwell is a compliment of heavy guitar riffs with some melodic singing as well as fierce screamed/rapped lyrics. Overall, this album is deeply devoted to intense "in your face" messages displaying their devotion to God.

As far as musical style goes, this isn't necsessarily classified as one genre. Echoes of the Spirit Still Dwell is a blend of metal, rapcore, melodic rock, and a touch of screamo. The album's strong message and musical delivery is personally a favorite point of mine. The most well-known and perhaps the strongest track is "Dance Like David." Don't expect a natural song setup with the typical two verses, chorus, and bridge here. It's roughly a five minute song of desperate prayer and worship. It begins with vocalist Matt Baird repeatedly singing, "Oh God let Your spirit fall on me." Soon it picks up as Matt's lyrics transition to a desperate screaming/rapping of, "Oh God I want to dance like David." It's a song that definitely serves as a statement of the "old school" Spoken.

Altogether, Echoes of the Spirit Still Dwell is really enjoyable. It is, however, a piece of Spoken's earlier work, so it is not up to the consistency of their newer releases. Any fan of early Disciple or early P.O.D. would love this record. Spoken definitely brings its heavy game in their third release, Echoes of the Spirit Still Dwell.

JFH Reader Review: Review date: 6/27/09, written by Josiah Jordon Pletch for Jesusfreakhideout.com



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Ah yes, the earlier days of Spoken. These are the songs that got me hooked on the band. I heard "This Path" once and I knew they were a band to keep my eye on. The songs are loud, heavy and almost a little chaotic. It's great stuff, though you can tell it's dated. Not only are the verses screamed a lot of the time, but sometimes they're even rapped, a la The Fundamental Elements of Southtown. But, if you're in the mood for some hardcore rapcore, you really can't find a whole lot that's better than Spoken's Echoes of the Spirit Still Dwell. - 7/11/09, Scott Fryberger

 

 


. Record Label: Metro One
. Album length: 12 tracks
. Street Date: October 3, 2000
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. This Path (3:27)
  2. Forevermore (4:33)
  3. David (4:54)
  4. Times Before (3:23)
  5. I Won't Lie Down (3:11)
  6. I Fall Short (3:58)
  7. A Question Alone (4:41)
  8. The Way You Want Me to Be (7:04)
  9. Goodbye (4:02)
  10. Ember (3:01)
  11. In the Silence (5:18)

 

 

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