Review by: Headbanging for God

Promise Land is a band based out of Pittsburgh, Pa. Formed in 1997 as an acoustic duo, the band has transformed itself into a Symphonic (Melodic/Progressive) Christian Metal group with lyrics ranging from songs about suicide, to the Holocaust that took place during WWII. If you love the mix of heavy guitars, and backing synthesizers to match, then Promise Land will not disappoint! “Harmony in Ruins” is the upcoming release from Promise Land and it hits the stores August 5th!

The band consists of Rod Kozikowski, David Michael and Eric Bowser. The music definitely has the European Metal feel to it. With vocals to back up the surprisingly great instrumentals, this CD can definitely be put into the mix of the Top Christian Symphonic Metal albums to be made. To be honest I never expected to hear such great production, playing and singing when I was asked to review this CD. I was pleasantly surprised though, and have truly been blessed to not only listen to this CD, but review it.

–“It is crazy good!”
–” this CD can definitely be put into the mix of the Top Christian Symphonic Metal albums to be made”
–” ..such great production, playing and singing ….. I have truly been blessed to listen to this CD”
–“The album is simply awesome and my spirit has been truly touched by this CD.”

There’s 12 songs (10 songs with 2 instrumental Bonus tracks) to keep your head banging and fists pumping. Like I mentioned before the musicianship on this CD is excellent. “Harmony in Ruins” was a three year project in the making and you can tell that a lot of thought and hard work went into the album. The music is well thought out. With matching instrumental harmonies between drums, keyboards, guitars, and not to mention the vocals……… it is crazy good!

“Hiding Place” was released as a single in late 2010/early 2011 and really sparked interest for this album as a whole. If anyone wondered if the rest of the album was going to live up to be as good as the song “Hiding Place”, well in one word……YES!

The song “Harmony in Ruins” is a great instrumental piece to get the album started, after “In the Beginning” intros into the musical piece. Some of the songs, musically, will make you feel as if you are in Europe during the Dark Ages, which for me is very cool! One of my favorite songs is “The Piper Illusion”, both musically and lyrically. “Holy” is a remarkable Praise & Worship song that I can totally see being used in worship service! “Her Name” deals with the increasingly growing, but hidden problem of sex slavery and really brings the problem to light. “Before the Dawn” touches on the subject of suicide and digs deep into the questions that we have to what ifs, and why does this happen. These are but a few of the songs, but the others are great as well.

Promise Land has delivered with “Harmony in Ruins” and long time fans will not be disappointed and newcomers to the sound of the band will be NEW fans. The album is simply awesome and my spirit has been truly touched by this CD. Go out and buy this!!
You can Pre-Order/Purchase Promise Land’s new CD from their website http://www.PromiseLandX.com/ Again it hits the stores August 5th!

Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Headbanging for God; Tom Metcalf

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