I've been a Disciple fan for some time now. With each album they've released, I've been more and more impressed. That goes for their latest album as well. "Southern Hospitality" is driving, bottom-heavy rock n' roll coupled with powerful ballads that don't slack off from the rest of the album.
The title track opens things up, giving the listener a wake-up call. From there, three more pulse-pounders, including the anthemic "321," drive home Disciple's message. After that, the wonderful ballad, "Whatever Reason," slows things down a bit only to have the speed taken right back up with rockers like "Phoenix Rising" and "On My Way Down."
Other highlights include "Liar" and "Savior."
With a name like "Southern Hospitality," you'd expect a few bluesy, Skynyrd or Molly Hatchet-inspired tunes. There's a bit of that influence throughout, but the album is primarily a culmination of Disciple's previous two albums with a hard-hitting sound and plenty of radio-ready tracks. The most southern rock song of this bunch is "Lay My Burdens."
Of note on this particular album is the absence of bassist Joey Fife. Israel Beachy takes up the strings for him and sounds great. Brad Noah contributed studio work to the album but has stopped touring with the band. Andrew Welch and Micah Sannan now share duties on the guitars. Kevin Young's vocals on this album sound solid, although there's a bit less screaming than what could be found on "Scars Remain." Tim Barrett's drums get better with each album, and he is the standout performer on this album.
If you enjoy driving rock n' roll with a positive message, check out Disciple's "Southern Hospitality." Not only does it have one of the best album covers to hit the music store in a long time, it's full of great hard rock music. Highly recommended.
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Delivering their most commercial record to date, the 2008 release of Southern Hospitality marries accessible melodies along side their signature hard hitting rock sound. Disciple uses their triumphs and failures to craft songs that challenge, confront and comfort us in our faith. Includes the future hit songs, 'Come Home', 'Southern Hospitality' and 'Across The Fire.' Produced by Travis Wyrick (P.O.D, Pillar, tobyMac, Superchick). In their 14 years together, Knoxville, Tennessee band Disciple have matured from an aggressive Metal band to a quartet with a strong sense of melody and penchant for the unexpected.