The post-grunge quartet -- now adding guitarist and fifth member Justin Rimer -- took time to regroup with their families after relentlessly touring in support of their first two albums. The respite helped the bandmembers return to form just in time to taste the devastation of Hurricane Katrina firsthand. All are natives of the Gulf region, and many witnessed friends and family members cope with the storm's destruction. This, combined with the band's self-proclaimed moniker of being music industry underdogs, fueled the album's title and its undaunted resiliency. The lyrics take you through a journey of loss, betrayal, and the inability to control your surroundings. Songs like "Arms of a Stranger," "World So Cold" and "Lie to Me" tell of unreliable relationships and letdowns. Rimer and co-producer Skidd Mills (Saliva, Skillet, Sister Hazel) kept the album edgy, defined, and certainly loud. Like fellow Wind-Up acts Creed and Evanescence, 12 Stones walk the line between Christian and secular rock. Without overt references to godly subjects, however, Anthem lands more firmly on the secular side of the line. The only setback is a straightforward post-grunge sound that distinguishes itself with little more than glittering guitar work. To that end, the lack of reinvention limits 12 Stones to a tiring yet potent sound that is interchangeable with any number of bands peddling similar alt-metal fare (like labelmates Seether, for starters).
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Performance Credits12 Stones Primary Artist
Dave Smith Bass
Skidd Mills Bass,Guitar
Anna Acosta Violin
Eric Weaver Guitar,Group Member
Aaron Gainer Drums,Group Member
Justin Rimer Bass,Guitar,Group Member
Scott Hardin Piano
Technical CreditsRick Beato Composer
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Skidd Mills Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Gregg Wattenberg Composer
Eric Weaver Composer
Aaron Gainer Composer
Justin Rimer Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Dougie Cowan Illustrations
Chris Daughtry Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anthem for the Underdog based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
From the title song to the end I would say hit after hit!!!! I will admit I have have my favorite songs from this album "Lie to Me" and "World So Cold" are my top two. This album helped me through a tough time in my life and made me a total fan of these underdogs of the music world. There sound reminds me a bit of Three Day's Grace but they are also still there own artists. All in all I will be getting more from them and can't say you will go wrong in getting this album!!!