"Test of the Enemy" (Self-released; 2020)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

32AD are a Christian band and "Test of the Enemy" is pure and simple hard rock/heavy metal. It's got the crunchy guitars, the driving rhythms and the melodic vocals that define the hard rock sound. Fans of bands like Ratt, Motley Crue, and, of course, Stryper, will find something to like here.

To be honest, you're not going to find anything fresh or groundbreaking here but that isn't always the point. Sometimes, the point is just to rock! And 32AD does exactly that with "Test of the Enemy."

My favorite tracks were the grinding "Thief of the Night," the feisty "Fight for Your Life," and, surprisingly enough, the album's only ballad, "Rain," which unspools at a gentle pace but holds your attention throughout, never turning you off like so many heart-on-the-sleeve religous songs do.

Some might say that the music of 32AD is a little too simple but I, for one, am okay with that. It sounds good to me and, really, what else matters?

For more information visit http://www.32admusic.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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