Bellowing "Jesus Christ, commit yourself/Admit your weakness" in "Reign," Jones does his best to evoke sheer terror, but the cheesy electronic effects inserted into the middle of the song detract from its overall effectiveness. Jones, who sings in such a low register that it's practically impossible to understand the lyrics, constantly struggles to sound as menacing as possible. He's actually a better singer when he tones down the anger for the melodic interludes in "From the Gutter." But even when the band puts a twist on the death metal formula of heavy guitars and pummeling drums by playing off-kilter time changes and using electronic samples, Jones's incessant references to religious doubt ("Green Grows"), death ("Labor of Love"), and war ("Soldier Boy") become redundant by the end of the 13-song album.Cold Hand of Christ performs on October 14 at the Agora.
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