Review Date: 4/22/2014
Review By: Iain Moss
Release Date: 4/22/2014
Rating: (9.5 / 10)
In October 2012, the Monaghan, Ireland based worship outfit The Remission Flow released their debut album The Light That Floods. Now, today, they return with their sophomore offering Rhythms Of Grace (7Core Music).
The 7-piece worship band’s vision is to lead people in experiencing the radical love of God and encourage them to return to their individual lives completely impassioned and transformed, so they can impart a positive impact on the community around them. They’re also seriously passionate about setting our churches on fire (not literally!) for God and uniting people in worship captivated by the Word of our Lord and Saviour so the united body of Christ can worship in freedom and abandonment. It’s safe to assert that with Rhythms Of Grace they’ve continued their trend of filtering this vision through into their music.
After the initial burst of quiet distorted guitar riffs, the reverberations set the backdrop as Darren Mulligan’s raw, honest and gritty vocals pierce through the music after just a second to commence Rhythms Of Grace with the album opener “Grace And Truth.” Immediately you are transported away from your current surroundings and into your own blissful place, be it your living room, a hilltop overlooking a lake, a clearing in the woods, as Darren opens up with the strikingly relaxing and reassuring lyrics, “Yeah it was grace that brought me near, and it was truth that set me free, and it was love that healed my aching soul, but only blood can make me whole.” Considering the fact that the striking album cover is simply emblazoned with a lone drummer hammering away on a kettledrum, one would expect the drums to feature prominently throughout Rhythms Of Grace. That is indeed the case, and after just 20 or so seconds they burst into life to really help give the track the extra emphasis it needs to effectively carry the message of hope deep into the listener’s soul. “You are grace, you are truth, you are merciful and kind, your name, it echoes through the ages, your arms are open wide.” Lyrics such as the repeated, “God you are for me, I want you all, I need your grace, and in truth I’ll never fall,” really go the extra mile to hammer home the message.