Christian Review Magazine Issue 2 - Jan/Feb 2015 - Page 59

MUSIC REVIEW Fact: Singer Yury Mayba was once kicked out of church for playing rock music Artist: HARDIE AVENUE Album: HARDIE AVENUE Rating: Genre: Rock, Hard Rock For Fans Of: Pillar, TFK, Decyfer Down, Disciple, Project 86, Emery Label: Hardie Avenue Band Website: Reviewed by: Leah St John Release Date: Available Now 42 > CHRISTIAN REVIEW H ardie Avenue is a rock band that formed in 2005. Over the years, they have released a number of albums, as well as an EP. Their most recent release is a self-titled full-length album. This band has improved leaps and bounds since their previous release. On their latest release, Hardie Avenue have discovered a sound that works for them, and they have upped their game, both musically and lyrically. The band has cut out the majority of the hip-hop elements that resided on their previous release “Party At The End of the World” (2013), and have now gotten decidedly heavier. This new musical direction sees Hardie Avenue expanding their musical repertoire. As I mentioned before, this self-titled album displays a notable improvement on their previous releases. Hardie Avenue is essentially a hard rock album, with elements of nu-metal, dance, and synth thrown in. It all comes together nicely to form a well produced release, that does on occasion bear similarities to the music of Pillar, Decyfer Down, early TFK, and Disciple. Worth noting is that it includes tracks feat. Manafest (“Dance with My Hero”) and Rob Beckley of Pillar (“Indestructible”). A good hard rock release, Hardie Avenue will appeal to fans of Pillar, Decyfer Down, and Disciple. If they stay the course and hold onto their newfound sound, Hardie Avenue could have a bright future ahead of them. CHRISTIAN REVIEW > 59