Mark my words, the Irish are up to something pretty incredible in the Christian music industry. First, it was Rend Collective as they came in with an avalanche of great sounds now another Irish band The Remission Flow is set to sweep us away while stomping feet in contemporary Christian music. The band today, April 22, dropped their album titled “Rhythms of Grace,” and from all indication they are ready to take the world by storm....well, at least the world of Christian music. Darren Mulligan the lead singer’s vocal styling for some reason is reminiscent of British singer Sting, and his vocal strength is one which certainly charms. The brilliant lyrics and harmonic melodies of The Remission Flow are bound to fascinate anyone who gives it a spin/listen.
The album opens with the tune “Grace and Truth,” this piece has one of the most exquisite choruses I have heard in recent times. The piano, drum rolls and guitar all take turns shining at the right time and in the right proportion. Since this song was the opening track I would say that it was the perfect attention-catcher an album could ask for.
“I know that it is darkest just before the dawn, I will be holding onto you before it come” The band sings in the retro CCM-like tune "Before The Dawn.” It was in “Your Love Is A Melody” however that I saw the worshipper in my literally jump out. Worship leaders like Kim Walker Smith will literally eat this tune up while performing it live; on that note, it would be interesting to get a live stripped album for the band. This worship song is beautifully written and effortlessly performed. “Spirit of the living God come fall on me, Your love is a melody.” Darren sings.
Nothing on this album says Hillsong United like “Vast As Oceans” from the title, the arrangement to the instrumentation. I love how this song appropriately houses the phrase ‘rhythms of grace’ which the album title is coined from. The metaphorical comparison of God’s love to the massive oceans never gets tired.
Other notably impressive tracks are “It Is Well” and “Lay Down” where Darren croons and soars. His vocals are greatly highlighted in these two songs. Of course, the anthemic "Trust and Obey" is well worth a mention.
"Rhythms of Grace" is exceptional and exciting in its own way. It is as solid as any mainstream Christian album out there a la Hillsong United, or Vineyard Worship. While the band is an Irish band unlike fellow Irish rockers Rend Collective’s latest album, “Rhythms of Grace” doesn’t carry as many Irish elements (celtic, etc.). This album is great enough to catch the attention of CCM critics, fans and worship leaders. The band recently signed a management deal with the US company Nightvision Artist Management so I am pretty sure they are here for good.