Release Date: Jul 22, 2014
Record label: Tooth & Nail
Review Summary: Fin.The curtains are finally closing for Anberlin. The question facing most listeners as they approach the band’s final album is “how will a group renowned for creating epic closing tracks write an end to its entire career?” I’m not going to sit here and tell you that they went all out – there’s no larger-than-life closer, nothing at all to suggest that Anberlin is trying to make a flashy exit. It’s one of the band’s slowest albums, in fact, and there’s a large absence of instrumental demonstration across the board.
In January of 2014, Anberlin announced their intentions to split and that they were working on their farewell album with longtime producer/engineers Aaron Marsh, Matt Goldman, and Aaron Sprinkle. As with 2012's Vital, the band's seventh and final studio album, 2014's Lowborn, finds the Florida-based outfit delving even deeper into an electronic-tinged, heavy metal-infused sound. In many ways, this move toward a heavier, more intense aesthetic has been Anberlin's trajectory since 2009's ebullient, anthemic Dark Is the Way, Light Is the Place.