If you’ve never heard of that phrase in the title of this blog, let me take a moment to shed a little light. “Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades” simply means that you came close to something. The phrase suggests that almost only counts with horseshoes and hand grenades, because they are the only things that can hit their target without actually hitting the mark.
Disciple’s new album “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades” it’s insanely good. It’s by far the best music I’ve heard in a LONG time from the genre, let alone the band.
My first peek at the new album came with Air 1 airing the song “Dear X (You Don’t Own Me).” A triumphant song comparison (in character narration) to that used in the book Hinds’ Feet On High Places. The “sin,” the “issue,” the “problem child” is addressed head on, bluntly and passionately. Pain, Shame, Anger, Hate… it’s all addressed in a Dear John style type letter.
The “Dear X” song is poignant. You understand from the very beginning it’s a breakup, and the comfortable and “beautiful lies” of the singer’s companion has come to an end. The realization of the detrimental “relationship” between the singer and sin, has awakened a boldness that unfolds in the song. By the time the chorus hits, the singer is triumphantly roaring, “You don’t own me!”
Other spectacular songs, is “Worth the Pain,” “Invisible,” and “The Ballad of St. Augustine.”
Disciple is considered “Christcore” or “Christian metal,” and I know that usually turns a few people off. But there has only been two Christian metal/rock bands in my life where I could bypass the occasional ummm “hardness” of the music, and truly focus on the lyrics and be completely torn apart by them. One was the former band Travail, and this one… Disciple.
Support them, grab a copy, or at least check out their lyrics. You won’t be dissapointed.
Remember… “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
I love you guys!