LIVING LOUDER: Self-titled: CD

This is what happens if Southern rock meets Black Sabbath. The vocals are especially reminiscent of Ozzy. They’re not as strong, but still well done. The music has a good groove and some muscle when it’s required, but seems pretty standard for the genre. I was also reminded of some of the Christian hard rock bands I used to listen to in the early ‘90s and that was weird for me. That’s not to say that any of the lyrics are the same, just the sound. This caused me to have split feelings with Living Louder: I have a few good memories from my days of listening to Christian hard rock, but some of that stuff really sucked. It’s not surprising I feel the same way about these guys: there’s some good stuff but some of it is kind of sucky. Still, I lean more to the good side of things for the course of these ten songs. –Kurt Morris (Self-released, livinglouderofficial.com)