Everything In Slow Motion is a project whose name fits its sound, in my book. It's the solo project by Shane Ochsner, former vocalist and guitarist of post-metal band Hands. Combining rock and metalcore with atmospheric, post-rock ambiance, this is a project that I've recently come across after discovering Ochsner's previous band, and they've been a great opening to a genre that I've begun to explore and deeply enjoy which has led me to bands like their labelmates, A Hope for Home or Your Memorial.
One particular phrase has essentially been my life's motto for the past two years or so: "I believe, help my unbelief." I began hearing that phrase in my head many times particularly in 2015, as I continued to struggle and fight emotional disconnections and even doubt. It was in mid-2015 that "progressive ministry metal" band, Mouth of the South announced that they were rebranding as Rival Choir and releasing a new album in early 2016. The title of that album? "I Believe, Help My Unbelief".
Phinehas is a band that really stands out among their peers in a genre that tends to lean towards staleness. Metalcore has, for several years, been getting more and more stale, with many bands sounding like each other, to the point where it is sometimes hard to distinguish which bands are which. Ever since their incredible 2011 debut, Thegodmachine -- an instant masterpiece of the genre, up there with Killswitch Engage's Alive or Just Breathing -- Phinehas has been showing the world how good metalcore can be if the bands would write each song as if they were creating a masterpiece of art. Complex guitar and bass work, beautifully encouraging (and sometimes brutally honest) Christian lyrics, thunderous drumming, and incredibly dynamic vocals are always the centerpiece of this band's efforts.