Seventh Day Slumber ‘We Are The Broken’
For a raw rock album with a distinct and powerful message, you will definitely want to add Seventh Day Slumber’s We Are the Broken to your playlist. You will be banging your head to the intense intros and waving your lighters in the air to the ballads. Unlike most rock bands now, We Are the Broken is free of electronic sounds. You have the raw talent of the guitarists and drummer. One of the things I love is that you can understand every word Rojas is saying. It’s not like the incoherent Bush or Smells Like Teen Spirit. Many Christian rock bands’ messages are communicated through symbolic lyrics. Seventh Day Slumber writes lyrics that clearly state their message; people searching for truth can easily find it on We Are the Broken.
Roja’s testimony reaches out to people who are desperate and searching. He’s experienced a low point that not too many people share. Instead of letting the darkness take over, he turned to God. On this album, they address battles in the mind, hopelessness, past mistakes, and God’s saving love.
“Goodbye”, “All She Wants”, “Nothing to Lose”, and “Comatose State” all mention the mind.
The battles of the mind are the hardest and most devastating of all. We can put on a façade, but eventually our mental struggles will show through. Suicides and drug overdoses can happen to people who seem fine on the outside. Without intervention, a person struggling with their mind will reach a tipping point. This one-more-day-is-too-late point is in many of the songs.
Hopelessness is an overall theme on this record. In “Trust in Me”, Rojas reminds you that you are never alone. No matter what you may be experiencing, God is always right there beside you. The past has the ability to haunt and destroy us. Seventh Day Slumber turns to Jesus. Only He can wipe our past away and give us hope. God’s saving love is the only love that can rescue us. Not only can he save us from our current situation, but Rojas points to his power to save our souls.
The title song “We Are the Broken” sums up our lives as Christians. We are all broken. Jesus calls all of the weary and broken hearted in Matthew 11:28 and Psalm 34:18. Not one person is perfect nor can save themselves. Not one person is righteous. We all come from different backgrounds and experiences, but we all share our brokenness. I love the line, “All that remains of our past are the scars. Our eyes are open.” Jesus casts away our past mistakes, removes our shame, and gives us new life. “We are the chosen.” God chooses us because he loves us. He accepts you no matter what you’ve done.
One really cool thing I want to mention is that several of the songs are about a girl experiencing these mind battles. Rock is mainly white man angst. There are many women who listen to rock music. I love that Seventh Day Slumber doesn’t leave us out.
All in all, Seventh Day Slumber rocks out while sharing Christ’s love and saving power on We Are the Broken. Definitely check out this album. It releases on May 13th.
Releases: May 13, 2014 (VSR Music Group)
- Goodbye (3:21)
- All She Wants (3:14)
- We Are The Broken (4:00)
- Nothing To Lose (3:22)
- In Too Deep (3:15)
- Trust In Me (3:18)
- Comatose State (3:09)
- Holding On (3:33)
- Skyscraper (4:01)
9 Tracks, 31:13