Pressing On is an adequate hardcore debut from Christian punkers Born Blind. Similar to their previous incarnation, No Innocent Victim, this CA outfit delivered their message of Christ's love via faux '80s issue New York hardcore. The music is relentless, the hoarse vocals are excessive, and the resulting noise is generally bland and artless. Christian metal bands have an easier job matching their holy message with a genre that is better equipped for the pretentious good-versus-evil narrative. Sanctified punk artists, especially hardcore wailers like Born Blind, have a difficult task maintaining tonal consistently with their anti-rebellious shouting. Screams of praise for the Holy Ghost et al. might not solicit laughs from the average born-again punk listener, but the unsaved masses would probably have a difficult time taking such references seriously. Perhaps if the group was to stick with earthly, morality-based issues, Pressing On could appeal to a broader hardcore fan base.
Pressing On Review
by Jason Anderson