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HIMSA
Death Is Infinite
Revelation Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I'm not a fan of heavy metal, but I certainly respect it. Some of that guitar shit they're doing is extraordinarily complex, and even if the whole scream-and-yell- the-same-lyrical-themes -over-and-over thing has not turned me into a drooling metal junky, I occasionally listen to the stuff for its bombast and power. And you gotta' love the anti-Christian view every metal band seems to espouse.

BUT WAIT. So I'm listening to this 5-song EP of metal stuff, kinda' enjoying it, kinda' not, when I notice it in the liner notes: "REV:106." What the fuck? Is that a BIBLE verse??? This can't be!

I scan the lyrics for references to "Him" or "the kingdom," stuff like that. All I find is "Crucifixion annihilation / and those idle hands / I cut down to size." Hmmm. So does that mean HIMSA are a Christian metal band like P.O.D.? Jury's still out.

I look at the thank yous to see if our Lord and Savior is mentioned. Nope, nothin' so far, I- wait, wait, it says CHRISTIANů oh wait, it just says "Christian Schmitt." Whew. Still, why REV:106?

I grab my bible from under my pillow and flip to the book of Revelations, or should I say RevelaTION; it's singular (y'learn something new every day). Hmmm, Chapter 10, verse 6- A-HA!

and swore by him who lives for ever, who created heaven and earth and the sea and everything in them: 'There shall be no more delay;
So. That proved nothing.

ANYWAY, Christian or not, HIMSA are alright for a metal band, I guess. I like the song "Hellbent and Hammered" enough that it might find its way onto a future mix tape (the song's length - a mere three minutes - doesn't hurt its chances). There's a secret song, too, after which...

HOLD ON! MYSTERY SOLVED! REV:106 is the CD's serial number; the band's on Revelation Records. So I guess they're not a Christian band, after all. Whew.

So rock on, HIMSA. I hope to hear you in my car someday.

Reviewed by Matt Ozga


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