I’ve written before about Gold Frankincense and Myrrh, the very hard rocking trio of sisters who make the Sunshine State sizzle with searing hot muscular metal and lyrics that tackle real life issues head on, guided by hearts and minds dedicated to serving Christ. They have a new six-song EP out titled Oh, The Horror, and it is smokin’ hot.
GFM has multiple strengths, all amply displayed on this release. In a genre (hardcore metal) usually long on aggression and short on such apparent frivolities as genuine musicianship, the English sisters have managed the rare trick of inserting strong melodies into their music without sacrificing one iota of raw power. Maggie English, who handles bass and keyboard duties along with lead vocals, can switch from guttural scream to plaintive, urgent singing without missing a beat; not that there’s a chance of any beats going missing with CJ English laying down massive guitar riffs and LuLu English’s powerhouse drumming. Oh, The Horror! is replete with colors and shades making the music stand out all the more from bands following a similar path. Add how each song here is top notch, and you have a winner.
Gold Frankincense and Myrrh is the band that parents of teenagers pray exists, one addressing angst with empathy and answers even as its members walk the talk. The trio could easily ride on novelty and looks, as all three members are pretty. They don’t. Their music, and the young women of God presenting it, are real. If you have any affection for the hard stuff musically and/or any calling to support meaningful ministry, buy a copy of Oh, The Horror! by Gold Frankincense and Myrrh. You will not be sorry.