In all honesty, I had never heard of Disciple or their sound until I happened across "Game On" on the television. I enjoy bands like Pillar and Flyleaf, so I thought I'd give this self-titled disc a shot. Although "Game On" is not on this album (look for "Scars Remain"), I did find plenty of things to like about this band. First of all, this album is pure, driving hard rock with a postive message. According to other reviewers, Disciple has greatly cut back on their mentionings of Jesus in their songs. However, one look at the liner notes and you'll find Bible verse references to each and every song just like most Contemporary Christian acts list. To pigeonhole a professing Christian band or give them a bad review simply because you believe their lyrics are watered-down, fail to say "Jesus" enough or are secularized is wrong. These guys are legitimate with their faith and profess it through their lyrics without an in-your-face push of Jesus' name.
Overall this album is solid. The band appears to be very comfortable with their heavy riffs and prog rock sound. Highlights of this album include the pounding "The Wait Is Over," "Shine Down," and "Backstabber." "Rise Up" has a wonderful anthemic quality to it along the same lines as Pillar's "Frontline." It makes you want to pound your fist and scream right along with it. The hidden track, "Tribute," is a nice addition and is dedicated to our guys protecting us overseas. There are a couple of slower melodic rock tunes on the album, but rest assured that the bulk of the material would fit in nicely with bands like Seether, Saliva, and Nickelback.
If your idea of Christian music is along the lines of Steven Curtis Chapman or Twila Paris, this ain't your Christian music. However, if you like to rock out a bit, Disciple will not lead you astray.