Spear of Destiny's eighth album and second U.S. release, Religion, finds singer/guitarist Kirk Brandon, guitarist John McNutt and drummer Art Smith back in fighting form. Brandon's personal and professional struggles have shaped his songwriting style, as "Prison Planet" and "Mile in My Shoes" attest. The Celtic elements in the band's sound and in Brandon's voice are highlighted, particularly on tracks like "Iona" and "Magic Eye." An anthemic collection from a group of rock survivors.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares