The mellowish intro to 3rd Root's debut album is just a bit deceptive, as what follows is a fierce offering of throbbing guitar and bass riffs matched with head-bobbing drum beats and a mix of hauntingly melodic vocals and wrenching screams. This is definitely a new era of heavy metal, and these guys have arrived with authority. Their sound can be compared to bands like the Deftones or even Stabbing Westward, but the message 3rd Root sends is what sets them apart and pales the comparison. They are by no means ashamed of their faith and go out of their way to share it with their audience. The sound is a kind of laid-back style of 'hardcore', but at certain moments explodes into small fits of devil-hating rage, especially in the all-Spanish track "Sangre", the hardest song on the CD. Other standouts on the album are the upbeat, driving "Wicked", the challenging "Prophet's Eye", and the melancholy "Torn". Overall, this is a great listen, and with 14 tracks you're certainly getting your money's worth. The only real drawback I noticed was that the beats from track to track are a little repetitive, but that should change as their sound evolves. I'm eagerly awaiting what's to come!