"The band are all Christian, and that influences the way we write our music and lyrics," says singer-lyricist Tim Lambesis. "I'm not really sure if I draw a line between what is Christian music and what isn't. I guess it has to do with your intention. When we formed the band, we did it because we wanted to play music full-time, to the best of our ability. Since then, we've realized that we're really passionate about our music, and we want it to be meaningful, so we incorporate what we believe."
An equally difficult semantic issue is the band's relation to the movement recognized as metalcore. With members ranging from 20 to 25 and their backgrounds varying from hardcore to metal, the band is technically part of the trend. Like Darkest Hour, it balances intricate guitar harmonies, chest-pounding double-bass kicks, and angry animal roars. "The music itself is metal," says Lambesis. "But the feeling of the shows is a little more down-to-earth, a little more intimate, like a hardcore show."
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