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It won’t take long for listeners of Spoken’s sixth studio album to be reminded of how hard and fast the band can rock. The three songs that open the album, “History Erased,” “Close Your Eyes” and “Not Soon Forgotten,” start things off with nine minutes of blazing fast guitar riffs and loud and quick-rising vocals, all bounded by a full-sounding rhythm section.

After two albums for Tooth and Nail where the band explored more anthemic avenues, the quintet found itself re-examining its hard rock and metal roots on its third record for the label. The resulting album is an 11-song sonic attack that knows when to slow down the pace and when to pounce back like a slap to the face. “We didn’t intentionally go for a heavier sound,” guitarist Jef Cunnigham said. “We just wrote what came to mind and I think it turned into some of our best material.”

Late last year the band’s hectic touring schedule slowed enough for them to start working on the record, though they had a few geographical obstacles to overcome before starting. With members spread across four states, each created a secret Myspace for a non-existent band where they would post song ideas for the others to listen to.

Singer Matt Baird would download these parts to his iPod, where he began to craft the lyrics for the record.

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