Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins
I love rock music. I love the intensity in it that no other genre can sustain. I love the edge. And I love the unexpected emotions that a solid rock album can provide. While Veridia might understandably be compared to Fireflight or Flyleaf, they reveal their own personality on Inseparable. This five song EP has me rocking out to their anthems, but most importantly, they have me gasping for breath with their stunning perspectives on the realities we share. After recovering from some pretty substantial insights in these tracks, I have those “I never thought of it that way before” moments, and I know Inseparable will be a go-to album with longevity on my iPod.
My favorite track is “Mechanical Planet.” Their creativity reminded me of the genius in The Screwtape Letters written by C.S. Lewis; both force me to face the reality that while God yearns for my attention, a darker force is at work, too. I can either listen to the lies (the devil), or I can pursue the truth (God). The song is delivered from the perspective of satan who delights in the self-loathing, knowing that as long as a person is chin-deep in misery, she can’t be hearing God and fulfilling the potential he has bestowed upon her. The lyrics are absolutely brilliant, told from a creative perspective, but the chilling lyrics delivered two-thirds of the way through the song are the bow holding the song together. Once spoken, the lead singer could drop the mic and be done: “I never wanted you to believe/That when you are down on your knees/That someone is actually listening…That you have never fought alone. Never have you fought alone.” I challenge you to listen to this song while you’re down and realize you are totally playing into the opposition’s hand by entertaining all that negativity.
“Furious Love” has my attention from the beginning of the song with the undercurrent of the strings and the first verse that tells the story of a girl placing her worth and value in the vision of a guy. They steal my heart with the simple lyric “The girl I was/I soon forgot;” I’m reminded how the focus of superficial beauty and giving the power to a human to make me feel “loved” depletes who I am in my soul. Thankfully, God doesn’t love us conditionally this way, and the song effectively delivers that sentiment home.
“We are the Brave” (“Whatever it takes/We’re gonna make it together”) and “Disconnected” (“We should be building bridges/Instead of burning them down”) are great rock anthems that will gain the casual listener’s attention but reveal this band can play with the best of them, including the seasoned counterparts that share their rock sensibilities. Make no mistake, though, they are distinguished enough to stand on their own; the brilliance of “Mechanical Planet” and “Furious Love” solidifies that truth. The best thing about discovering a young band like this is not just that I get five little gems that I can listen to on repeat, but to realize they probably have only scratched the surface of what they will deliver. I’m anxiously awaiting new tunes from them that prove me right.
For more information, please visit www.veridiamusic.com and be sure to download Inseparable today.