On December 7th of 2010, one of the worlds most sought after items was released unto the world. Highly anticipated by some, yet unknown to others, Ark of the Covenant was brought out into light. No, I'm not talking about the Ark of the Covenant from the Bible, that's probably under some volcano on another planet locked behind three doors with a final door opening only if you can beat E.T. for the Atari 2600. No ladies and lad, the Ark of the Covenant that was unveiled on December 7th was the band and their debut ep "Separation".
As the name may imply, Ark of the Covenant are Christian. Before some of the close minded out there stop reading, just because they follow a certain religion and imply it in their music, it doesn't make them any better or worse, it's simply lyrics. "Christian metal" doesn't have any particular guitar tone that makes it less legit or brutal, and if you think that in the first place, you've already missed out on some killer bands. And if you really think a band can't be heavy because they're christian, please tell me what this is that I'm listening to right now.
Separation hits you hard from the start and doesn't let up until the closing song. Unlike a boxing match though, you're going to want to take all the punches you can take. This album's heavier than a fat man's pancake platter soaked in ten pounds of syrup and butter. Nom nom nom. As soon as you hear The Book of Life, you'll be in instant mosh party mode and ready to knock everyone around you to the ground (assuming you pick them up, because that's the nice thing to do.)
Listening to these guys, they bring alot to the table. Besides the constant heaviness brought throughout the record, songs also feature occasional clean singing, though it's limited, some dissonant guitar harmonies to blend a unique, bone-chilling sound, and some nice groove to go with the riffage. The last song is the only exception, as it is a mellow closer with clean singing throughout. It's a definite change of pace from the rest of the album but a nice way to calm you down so you don't destroy everything in your path as your coming of your Seperation-high.
Red or yellow, black or white, alien or predator, christian or zoroastrian, you're going to want to give Seperation a spin if you need a daily dose of throwdown on a disc. Trust me, you won't be let down.