"Beacon of Faith"

by El Chief

Every man or woman who has ever been wronged is faced with a choice after a certain amount of time has passed from the onset of injustice: let go of the hate and rise, or cling to it and drown. For a hardcore band such as Vancouver, British Columbia's Baptists, they are banking on the notion that a sizeable percentage of people will be able to check their hate at the door, otherwise who would stream their third work ("Beacon of Faith") that's precisely the same as their first (and second) verse.

 Loyal readers will know that I've written glowing reviews for bands that channel punk and aggression. But the difference between those bands and Baptists is that the former have other things to say, even if it's just in their musicianship. The majority of guitar play in "Beacon of Faith" never progresses beyond standard fast-strumming. Interesting riffs such as the one opening "Outbreeding" are rarely allowed to roam freely. Instead, guitarist Danny Marshall prefers to keep everything on a leash. It's like he's taking Vin Diesel to heart and writing his songs a quarter note at a time.

It's no surprise, then, that a song that plays with the creeping dread conjured up by the likes of a High on Fire-esque outfit ("Capsule") bobs as invitingly as a lifeline to a man blown overboard in roiling seas. That Baptists aren't interested in developing more of an approach that can appeal to people past the phase of being emotionally stunted is a shame.