Showbread – “Cancer” (Review)

Showbread – “Cancer” (Review)


Come & Live

Released September 25th 2012

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

With the release of any particular album from Showbread, there are always going to be two questions that will arise, either of which may cause a stir of controversy within their fandom: what have they decided to sound like this time around and what are they going to say? That may be the case with many bands, but rarely so divisively, so now we get another opportunity to hear a provocative piece of art titled Cancer.

Answering the first question is less tricky than the second, as Showbread has brought back a sound that is much more familiar than what we received with Who Can Know It? a couple years ago, mostly using the approach heard on Age of Reptiles and The Fear of God, with a strong touch of the screams fans longed for since their debut No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical. Throw in a dash of punk rock flavor in the opening track and the typical near hymn-like closing tracks at the end (and spread throughout in the midst of other songs) and there you have your raw rock.

Now onto the weightier subject matter, as the lyricism of Showbread’s front man Josh Dies leaves only a little to the imagination as far as his concerns for the church in the midst of a war torn religious and politically charged nation that struggle against his beliefs and ideals of pacifism and the love of Jesus Christ shown by the Gospel.

Simply put, Dies does not mince words, but while he is quick to demonstrate his feelings toward the subject matter he presents, he is also wary of his own faults, especially the lack of ability to portray them in a humble manner, with arrogance getting the best of him in his desire to extend love and truth to his fellow man, be it brother, stranger or enemy.

The album starts with a clash against politics, war, government control and even a jab at reformed theology, all of which Dies has fought against in the past by song and social media, but it closes with what is more of a prayer, a desire and longing for a time of true and complete peace in eternity with our God and Savior Jesus Christ.

To say that everyone in the church will agree with the Dies on these matters would be great folly, but that seems to be quite the point. He wants to bring these matters to light and it’s up to the rest of us to search the Word of God to see if we agree with him.

If you agree with what Showbread has to say or not I will leave up to you, I certainly have my own opinions on these matters, but at least the music is back to where Showbread belongs, with in your face punk and hardcore inspired raw rock.

Score: 4/5

Track List:

  1. I’m Afraid That I’m Me
  2. Sex With Strangers
  3. Anarchy!
  4. You Were Born In A Prison
  5. Germ Cell Tumor
  6. Two-Headed Monster
  7. Escape From Planet Cancer
  8. You Will Die In A Prison
  9. You Will Not Die In A Prison

About Tyler Hess

Tyler Hess has been running Christian Music Zine since he created the site in 2008. His favorite bands are Relient K, Bleach, Emery, House of Heroes, The Classic Crime, Children 18:3 and Anberlin. Twitter = @tylerscotthess More Posts

1 Comment to “Showbread – “Cancer” (Review)”

  1. Not a band I’ve listened much to, but I’ll try to check them out today or tomorrow, assuming I don’t forget.

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