Stavesacre's second release, Absolutes, starts of in a mellow fashion, but picks up rapidly and wanders off-the-beaten path. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that they are one of the more adventurous bands on Tooth and Nail Records. The music is pop-hardcore (i.e., hardcore with a lot of melody) with a bit of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden influence thrown in. There are quite a few surprises hidden in the music of this album which isn't apparent on the first listen, and these are apparent in the tracks Colt (cool vocal processing), Inclusion (fast and provocative), and Acquiesce (emotional and haunting).

For those of you who may not be aware, Stavesacre is a species of Poisonous Larkspur. I find this an odd choice of a name for a band that's considered to play Christian rock music. The music and lyrical themes aren't my cup of tea, but Stavesacre are harder and different than the average alternapop out on the radio today.

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