When you're covered in tattoos and growling over drop beats and rolling double pedal, religious preference is pretty arbitrary. Fans of August Burns Red and Cannibal Corpse could meet for dinner, share some breadsticks, split a cheesecake and life would carry on. No harm done.
It's not so easy for bands like An Epic, No Less. If worship music isn't your thing, Echo of Love could easily be swept under a rug and replaced with any slew of up-and-coming electronic-laced indie-rock bands. The difference, though, is the actual music. Ridiculous, I know, but hear me out.
"Caught Up In This Moment" starts with a soft bass and snare combo before kicking into an electronic-rock melody that's uplifting and incredibly catchy. Todd Larson's voice is a perfect compliment to the higher melodies of Hannah Chancellor. The single, "Mercy Light," begins soft and slowly builds on itself, adding first piano and guitar, as keys and drums fall into place around them. The entire song plays like one massive crescendo that breaks at 2:38 into a chorus of "You're the light of the world, all we need now is you." If you're not religious, "you" can be anything. Think outside of the box.
An Epic, No Less have created an album that's full and promising, perfect for fans of Owl City and He Is We. Or maybe Hellogoodbye. They're still a band, right?