Ivoryline bill themselves as a post-hardcore band, but Vessels sounds more like the work of an alternative rock outfit, with the sort of epic, atmospheric songs that bridge the gap between Paramore, Coheed and Cambria, and 30 Seconds to Mars. Like Paramore, Ivoryline’s members are all Christians, and they deal with their faith more directly than many of their contemporaries. “He didn’t bleed forever,” Jeremy Gray sings during “The Greatest Love,” “and death couldn’t hold him down. He brought us back together and we will share his crown.” Apart from Gray’s frank lyrics, though, most of these tunes are indistinguishable from the stuff that gets played on modern rock radio, right down to the impassioned, sky-scraping vocals and slick stacks of distorted guitar. All of this makes Vessels a pleasant listen, albeit one that’s quick to fade from memory once the listening is done.
AllMusic Review by Andrew Leahey