Saving Grace: Behind Enemy Lines
By Alistair Wickens
The cover art of this album is the first thing that got my attention - someone (Mr Dave Quiggle to be precise) has spent a lot of time putting the packaging together and getting it looking right. The second thing that I noticed was that Saving Grace call themselves New Zealand's 'most brutal and confrontational spirit-filled hardcore band'. Right, I thought to myself, not exactly a big field to be at the top of, and a statement that sadly put me off before I'd even listened to the album. But having listened I had to give it to these guys - they do hardcore well. It is brutal, though I'm not sure if it's any more confrontational than what any other hardcore band is doing, but it is professionally done. These guys are tight and they write good songs that, to me are reminiscent of Sweden's The Haunted. Their Christian straight-edge views are there but they don't push that angle too much and, despite any initial misgivings, I must say these four Gisborne lads have put out a top class hardcore album.