This band wears its Christian roots on its shoulders– and this reviewer finds that to be perfectly all right. The Running EP, which originally came out before _Failure On_, shows flashes of the atmospheric melodic hardcore they would later adapt for that album but, its core sound, reminds me of Thursday’s “Full Collapse”– not so much in sound as much as I hear it in its urgency. The album has a desperation about it. The song “Kiss it Good Bye” was a crowd favorite (Beloved is now Defunct) and combined the bands expert grasp of melody with that previously mentioned urgency, making one cringe with an unknown regret as singer/songwriter Josh Moore screams “…and now kiss it goodbye!”
_The Running_ is a great title for this album because it gives off the impression that you’re headed somewhere fast… whether it be running away from your fears or running into the arms of God, I’m sure Beloved would prefer the former.
Other highlights on this album are “Going Through the Motions” and “Before There was You, There was Everything”. I would suggest any fan of melodic hardcore who enjoys innovation and emotion check this disc out– I’d say its for fans of Thursday, Dead Poetic and Underoath.