Being asked to review a Wisdom In Chains record is a tricky thing for me. Playing the part of a "music critic" is supposed to be done with objectivity, but that is a bit of a problem for me when it comes to this band. You see, I love Wisdom In Chains, I truly think they are the best hardcore band that has ever existed. I know I'm supposed to say it's Bad Brains, Cro-Mags, Minor Threat, Agnostic Front, or whoever from the early days, but I just can't and won't.

Having said that, the most recent albums have taken a little time to grow on me. The last of their records that I immediately loved was Class War, and that is probably my least favorite. In my opinion, Die Young as a whole, remains their crown jewel, but all my favorite songs come from other records. Songs like "My Promise," "Back To The Ocean," "Start Living," and "The Missing Links," are among my favorites because they contain a depth that I've never witnessed another hardcore band reach. Thankfully, throughout The God Rhythm I found myself again feeling like I'm listening to a band operating on a different plane than their peers.

I was initially underwhelmed by album opener "People Die," but after repeated listens, it feels like the perfect way to start this record. The message I get is to just fucking go for it, live your life and do what you like and that is exactly what it feels like Wisdom does for the rest of the record. "When We Were Young" follows and if you keep up with the band than you have heard this track already on a recent seven inch. I'm not a fan of recycling songs, but this was the best of the bunch from their last two releases and it fits the mood of the record so what the hell? "Resonate" immediately reminds me of the Die Young era WIC as a minute long hardcore punk track that incorporates gang vocals and throws in a generous mosh part towards the end.

When "Songs To My Killer" surfaced a week or two ago I immediately saw plenty of people declaring they had a new favorite Wisdom In Chains cut. The leads throughout the song are catchy enough (think Cocksparrer), but combined with the sing along lyrics "Songs To My Killer" will definitely be one for the live show. "Mathematics" is a fine example of what WIC is capable of, while they are certainly a hardcore band, but they aren't just a hardcore band. For four and a half minutes the band dives and climbs through hardcore, punk, metal and rock and roll with proficiency. They don't ever sound like they are reaching outside of their range and seem to know their limits as far as song writing and playing ability while doing it all with confidence.

I'm not sure how many listens it took me, but I think I found my favorite Wisdom In Chains song yet with "Best Of Me." Lyrically it speaks to me on a level that I haven't experienced many times before. Maybe I'm just interpreting the words to fit my life, but that's fine, and that's what the beauty of what Wisdom In Chains is. There are countless hardcore bands writing three chord songs about being mad, but how many are writing actual songs? Songs that conjure an emotion other than aggression? It's not all in the lyrics either, listen to the instrumental title track and try not to feel anything. There is something about this band that really started to develop on Everything You Know where it felt like a weight was being lifted and on The God Rhythm it feels like that weight is gone. Here is a band playing in a genre with pretty clear boundaries that seems to refuse to be confined and with each step outside the lines they sound more at home.

If it isn't completely fucking obvious, I love this record. The God Rhythm is worth the seemingly endless promotion and I can't imagine fans of the band being disappointed.