Have Heart
The Things We Carry


3.5
great

Review

by Lee Carlson USER (26 Reviews)
December 30th, 2007 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Friday December 28, 2007. TGIF Sounds And Sights Inc. is the venue. As our car pulls up the atmosphere is perfect. As we walk towards the door we are bombarded with flyers, demos, and the occasional cigarette smoke. When we walk in the building my glasses fogged instantly. The first thing we can’t see is the band due to the fact there is a couple hundred plus kids inside the small room. When you are here, you have two choices. Stand in the back and enjoy the music, or hop into the piles ups and sing along, or maybe even dance a little. This is a feeling unlike any other. This isn’t Fall out Boy. This is what happens when HAVE HEART comes to your town.

My friend first turned me onto HAVE HEART when I started getting more and more into the hardcore scene. I would always represent our own Long Island scene although there are other great scenes such as California, and Florida. However Boston, Massachusetts is the only scene that has truly impressed me. The fans are so into everything that happens. People came down from Boston just to see them all the way down in Lake Grove, Long Island. Boston’s music: heavy. Boston’s fans: devoted, faithful, and brutal. The reason why HAVE HEART’s show was so violent and enjoyable is because their latest release “The Things We Carry” is one of the best hardcore albums I’ve heard in a long time. While not near as heavy as fellow bands such as DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR they deliver so much emotion and raw energy that only a true hardcore band can deliver.

The musicianship on “The Things We Carry” is what you could expect from a hardcore album. Fast paced punk complete with power chords, 2-steps and the occasional breakdown. However, I’m not saying that this album is generic at all. While influenced by fellow bands such as BANE and IN MY EYES they do have a unique sound that not many sound like. To fully understand the ferocity of this album takes less than 10 seconds. The opener Life Is Hard Enough just goes full force punk in less than 2 seconds. Guitars blazing over a fast paced drum beat with the snare blasting in your head. You can tell that this band has such great potential.

There is however a short break in the form of the introduction of a song. The track Old Man II (Last Words And Lessons Learned) starts off with a clean guitar intro. This is what I believe to be the downfall of the album (while others may disagree.) Cause after 30 seconds he heads right back into the fast paced punk you just heard in the past five songs. Some enjoy this “interlude.” I however think that this minor flaw brings the albums tone down a notch in a negative way.

Simply put, If you enjoy hardcore. BUY THIS ALBUM. It is incredibly catchy and enjoyable, and their live show is one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. I enjoyed this band for a long time. After finally seeing them live, my appreciation for them got a lot stronger.

4 / 5


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Watch Me Sink
The Unbreakable
Something More Than Ink
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br3ad_man
Emeritus
December 30th 2007


2125 Comments


I really dig this band. Nice review.

santi3hg
December 31st 2007


440 Comments


Good review but I disagree. Some tracks just bore the hell out of me and I think they are just another Champion. Some tracks off the album are pretty good though.

rasputin
December 31st 2007


14550 Comments


Review is simplistic, but well-written. Haven't heard of this band, but they don't interest me too much.

team7disorder
December 31st 2007


40 Comments


I found a lot of the songs on this album to be rather uninteresting. However, when its good its very good. The unbreakable was one of my favourite songs of last year. Very fun live too.

DWittisarockstar
December 31st 2007


1501 Comments


Is the cd title by any chance related to the Tim O'Brien novel?

Concubine
January 1st 2008


333 Comments


band/album is bleh

lospokey
January 2nd 2008


87 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, good album

BuddyBigsby
January 6th 2008


531 Comments


This is the most embarassing review I have ever read.

follow conform repeat
January 9th 2008


2 Comments


Awesome band.. I've seen them countless times seeing that I'm from the Boston area. Definately pick up this album if you're into positive hardcore. They really need to write new stuff though.. It's been so long.

Intransit
January 9th 2008


2797 Comments


I agree with buddy. This review is full of lulz. Especially considering that you find hardcore dancing even vaguely acceptable.

poisonthewhale
March 2nd 2008


3 Comments


"Especially considering that you find hardcore dancing even vaguely acceptable"

What a closed minded ass. Go get drunk as hell and stand in the back of a Norma Jean show you loser. This was a pretty weak review though, a little too personal. If I were to think about buying this album I would get a better review from a kid on Itunes

Vokills
April 24th 2008


109 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ lol ^ i dance and i hate it when people talk sht about it for whatever personal reasons they have. I dont LOVE breakdowns, id prefer some good riffs but when a breakdown comes i like to enjoy it and dance. Yeah i love cattle decapitation too, they are gore not core, but i am interested in the music not in the personal "philosphy" on these new trends.

Firecracker
July 25th 2008


106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love every song on this album, one of my favourite hardcore bands of this moment. I need to go to one of their shows to imprint this belief even deeper.

daniel58
December 2nd 2008


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Old Man II is epic.

burnafterbreeding
April 19th 2009


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking love this record. The singer is brilliant.

Jayright
November 6th 2009


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

miss these guys so much.

Ray91
April 10th 2010


150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah,unfortunately they are gone,but this record is just awesome.
The unbreakable is just such an epic anthem

EyeForAnEye
June 22nd 2010


1699 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the most powerful albums ever released.

xstaytrue18x
January 12th 2011


580 Comments


love this band.

xstaytrue18x
March 11th 2011


580 Comments


this is a masterpiece of an album. unbreakable is my daily anthem.



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