Review Summary: While The Carrier does nothing to re-invent hardcore, it goes all the way in perfecting it.3 of 3 thought this review was well written
Has it ever occurred to you that you go to a new hamburger place recommended by a friend, and ask for a cheeseburger? You already know what to expect. It’s fast food after all: It will contain the burger, cheese, and maybe some salad, you’ve had all that before. And then it hits you. It’s better than anything you’ve had before; you can’t quite make it out but there’s a little something in there that just owns. That’s what The Carrier’s One Year Later feels like. It’s hardcore, after all, and you have already heard that. No groundbreaking innovations to it, just a showcase of the genre at its best.
The Carrier is:
Anthony - Vocals
Tim - Guitar
Dickie - Guitar
Freddy B - Bass
Mike – Drums
In a genre filled with great bands such as Converge and As I Lay Dying, the bar is set pretty high for five guys from Boston to rank as some of the best around. I’m not saying they are, but am prepared to bet anything to that they will be. You see, they bring something to the table that most bands are kind of reluctant to do: Passion. When I got into hardcore I wasn’t too fond into knowing what were they saying – let’s face it, with almost every word being shouted out, it is hard to focus in the lyrics – but the thing that attracted me to it are the emotions that the songs transmitted. And it’s good to know that there is a band that digs so deep into each member’s heart and pull off such amazing results.
One Year Later starts with Unloved, a one-minute instrumental intro which does an excellent job setting the mood of what’s to come. Wasted then follows; starting off strong and only growing stronger, defining what will the actual feel of the whole album will be like: A hardcore feeling reminiscent of As I Lay Dying, yet much more melodious, and with cleaner vocals. The melody in it really helps to evoke the emotion in the song. The heavier side can be found in Stranded, Empty Words, Heaven and my personal favorite Alcatraz. These songs evolve from what is shown in Wasted and take a more aggressive and faster-paced path. Memoirs hint a more progressive style, which might evolve in future albums. Then the album goes off with a bang with the dramatic two-part closer One Year Later… and the instrumental …Everything Has Changed.
As I said before it is somehow hard to focus on the lyrics, but the melodious approach of the songs helps you focus in the message. And once you listen, not hear, but actually listen, you will find how Anthony Traniello takes the deepest emotions of the human soul and lays them out in a metaphoric yet clear approach.
This album is so good; the one thing holding it from a 5 is possibly the production. But I can’t shake the feeling that bigger things await for The Carrier. Stay tuned.
Buy it? Borrow it? Burn it?
Do yourself a favor and buy it. Hell, I’d even go as far as saying “steal it!”. This reminds me, you actually have Anthony’s permission to download it since he feels that share/sendspace sites are a great way to get to know new bands. You hear that Lars?