The Letter Black – Hanging On By A Thread
The first time I heard The Letter Black was when they were on tour with my favorite band, Skillet. Although I never went to any of the shows, I was thinking they were on tour with Skillet, so they had to be good! I wasn’t disappointed when I bought their debut EP, Breaking The Silence. (The name was based on their former band name.) This album, Hanging On By A Thread, is even better than the EP. It had heavier riffs, more screaming, and awesome lyrics. It is still one of my favorite albums!
The album starts off with “Fire With Fire”, one of the most awesome female-fronted rock songs I have heard in a while. As Christians, they have challenges both on and off the road. You shouldn’t just stand there and watch everything. “Invisible” is an awesome rock song. If you have ever felt like you are lost, this is a song for you. The title track is also the first single from TLB. Sometimes you feel like you are a failure, God will still help you even if you are “Hanging On By A Thread.”
“Believe” just so happens to be one of my favorite songs on the album. It’s a song that proclaims the band’s love for God. God is unknown and as Christians, we need to have faith. “There’ll Come a Day” is a song basically about the day we all enter Heaven and all the pain will be gone. “My Disease” is a song that is calling the world a disease. It keeps on killing the singer and she gives up and goes on God’s side. “I’m Just Fine” has almost the same meaning behind it as “My Disease.” It is telling the world I’m just fine without you.
“Best Of Me” is a ballad that is saying that none of us will ever be perfect and we are giving God the best of us. “All I Want” is the first song on the album with screaming on it. It’s saying that all she wants is God to take her in and take her away from the hell of this world. “Moving On” was the third and final song from the EP that was also on the LP. It’s saying that she used to have a relationship with the world and now they are “breaking up.”
“More To This” is another one of my favorite songs lyrically. It has lyrics about things we see and/or hear about in everyday life. It tells those victims that there is more to this life than what is currently going on. On “Care Too Much,” the singer describes her struggle with the world – by the end of the song it is easy to understand that a great deal of her anguish comes from just that, caring too much. “Wounded” is my favorite song on the album. If you are a rocker, like me, you will probably like this song — Christian or not. The song is mostly vocalized by the singer, Sarah Anthony’s husband, Mark Anthony. I love his voice, and the message conveyed is that the world is wounded and needs to turn around to God.
TLB is an awesome band that I believe would also put on an awesome live show! They go from the slow ballads like “More To This” to the heavy-hitting metal tracks like “Wounded” If you are a rock fan of any kind, this album is a must have! This is definitely in my top 5 favorite debut albums of all time!The Letter Black - Hanging On By A Thread,