Stick To Your Guns
The Hope Division


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hunter Ramirez USER (39 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2010 | 78 replies | 21,585 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It’s hard to let go when you’re still holding on.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Stick to Your Guns started out heavy influence from the deathcore trend, the long living hardcore and the melodic metalcore scene in the same town. Such a strange combination in this town led to them releasing “For What It's Worth” with critical acclaim going towards the above mentioned unique sound, and led them to release their major record label debut “Comes from the Heart”....to major disappointment with it's awkward focus on metalcore. Many people turned their heads in shame, and didn't care when the band's newest album “The Hope Division” was announced. And after the major improvement I heard almost instantly it made me question why had we given up. (see what I did there?)

The group's sound here is a harken back to “For What It's Worth” in some cases as most of the riffs and vocals will remind you of old school hardcore, however the band kept the melody in the best way possible by taking the focus away from metalcore and throwing it towards post-hardcore. The lyrics are still meant to inspire hope, but in a less cheesy way this time and also embraces hardships and burdens. In fact from the first single “Amber” Jesse screams about a girl who has the weight of the world falling down on her (should also be noted that the accompanying video was made for suicide prevention).

From the get go the album opener seems to trump all doubts with “Where the Sun Never Sleeps” the band seems to successfully combine these two styles with Jesse's voice shifts well from a hardcore yell to a post-hardcore clean vocal style. Songs like “What Goes Around” and “Wolves at the Door” seem to embrace the band's love for old school hardcore while other songs like the aforementioned “Amber” and “Scarecrow” seem to favor the melodic hardcore/post-hardcore blend. However despite how the band does well with these styles there are some worries “Life Through Western Eyes” has to be the oddest choice for an acoustic song done by a heavy band, and then there's “La Podersa” which seems to be a Never Shout Never-esque song.

Overall the band has found their niche, after much soul searching the group has found the best way to encourage hope by turning their seeming downhill careers around greatly. While sometimes there are moments the band just seems to try too hard, the group has shown they are listening and hopefully plan to improve like they have done with this. Overall a surprising melodic hardcore effort from a band that only seemed to cop out half-done metalcore.



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ThePalestMexican
June 3rd 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Constructive criticism always welcome as usual

buckfutter
June 3rd 2010



2164 Comments


Oh, COME ON!!!! A 4? Are you serious????

Mordecai.
June 3rd 2010



8277 Comments


tracklist, release date?

Dryden
June 3rd 2010



12928 Comments


this band ughhh

ThePalestMexican
June 3rd 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was released 2 days ago
I'll work on fixing the tracklisting.

And HEY! I gave their last album a 2...or something like that.
I dont' remember.

taxidermist
June 3rd 2010



7203 Comments


I need to check this out

Their last album was meh

Could do without the soft vocals

taxidermist
June 3rd 2010



7203 Comments


Well...ok, they were alright at times

ThePalestMexican
June 3rd 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They're a lot better here

Shadein
June 3rd 2010



337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The last song is a cover of This Is More, a song from their first album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMPBo8vUBj8

ThePalestMexican
June 3rd 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well that's pretty cool they added a fan track
Still I stand by my decision that it's way out of place

AbyssalCreation
June 3rd 2010



2041 Comments


It's a damn good album, a lot better than their last.

I like the ukulele cover, it's different.

How is it out of place if it's a hidden track?

supercooper
June 3rd 2010



145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow, this is so much better then comes from the heart. i've always loved their clean vocals.

Comatorium.
June 3rd 2010



4106 Comments


good album.

Spec
June 3rd 2010



27149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Change the summary!

Digging: Rinoa - An Age Among Them

swittla
June 4th 2010



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i agree it's cool they took away the metalcore focus

AbyssalCreation
June 4th 2010



2041 Comments


can't decide between a 3.5 and a 4....

ThePalestMexican
June 4th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I couldn't think of a real good summary.

supercooper
June 5th 2010



145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the more i listen to this album the more i enjoy it. the melodic passages and the cleans are amazing. the breakdowns are also really well done for the most part, there's some really stand out ones on the album. definitely digging the strong hardcore influence on this album, reminds me a lot of for what its worth.

Good review, could have been a little longer though.

accompliceofmydeath
June 6th 2010



4200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I was extremely disappointed with this album. The clean vocals sound too much like radio friendly choruses (not that it's a bad thing, I just don't think it works here). It seems like they're falling away from their more hardcore approach but, maybe that's just me.

Digging: Devo - Freedom of Choice

Dryden
June 6th 2010



12928 Comments


how can you be disappointed? they have been lame from the beggining



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