Sinking Ships
Disconnecting


4.5
superb

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
September 16th, 2010 | 36 replies | 7,219 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

What makes the hardcore album? Back in the early 80s, hardcore was a combination of horrid musical ability, an extreme hatred towards the system, and a representation of the ‘other side’ of life as we know it. Jump forward to the twenty-first century and hardcore has taken on a new set of clothes but still remains, at the core, a perfect joining of angst, aggression and still represents the grittier walks of life. Hardcore changes people; it divides yet continually brings individuals into a tight-knit family, where some might not have any to being with. Hardcore is personal; shows can be summed up by a mixture of blood, sweat, and tears with a level of sisterhood and brotherhood not felt in any other concert. But hardcore also has as message, a message that differs from every band that represents the genre. Though inaccessible, difficult to comprehend, and violent right from birth, hardcore brings an ethos to the population that sticks with people for the rest of their lives.

"If you close your eyes, never let it get inside, you’d still have to hide."

We all face our demons one way or another. Those opening words screamed on the first track ‘Give Up’ by Sinking Ships front man, Danny Hesketh, sets the tone right from the very beginning off of their sophomore, and final, album Disconnecting. Hailing from the Great Northwest, Sinking Ships carries a different type of approach to hardcore then their fellow city-mates Champion. Seattle is not a pretty place to live in, it is a bleak, dark place that stays perpetually cold, damp and rains more times than most would admit. It’s truly hard to find any type of positivity and Sinking Ships tackles this head-on. Even the album cover is quite reminiscent of how Seattle is; giving the listener a taste of what it is like to live in this city.

Stylistically, Sinking Ships is predominantly a hardcore/punk band, mixing your basic three-chord approach to hardcore, but it is the slight mixture of melody that makes Sinking Ships such an impressive band that stands out in the genre. Sinking Ships represent the very best of modern hardcore, but not just those who favor only the dissonant heavy sound that seems to be the norm in todays hardcore scene. Disconnecting offers a wide variety of differing types of subgenres, from the distinctive punk sounds found on ‘Auburn’ to the heavily melodic ‘The Next Time I Go’ to the final song ‘Wait’ which is so sonically similar to Modern Life is War, you’d swear it was straight off of Witness.

Approaching hardcore from a different path, while still keeping to the base line approach to their music, Sinking Ships crafted a near perfect album in their 06 release Disconnecting. Any negatively that could be pointed out is that they never truly got to the potential that they could have achieved. Like nearly every other band, hardcore or not, that bases itself in Seattle, Sinking Ships finally called it quits in early 08, a true tragedy for hardcore. To this day, with the exception of maybe Champion or Betrayed, no other hardcore band has made waves as heavily felt as Sinking Ships. A true gem for the genre, Disconnecting is one of those albums that you keep close, easily up there with Witness, Aggression or Travels. While not quite a masterpiece, this is an album that should be remembered for accurately portraying an up close image to third wave modern hardcore.

"Confused and searching for so long that sometimes its not just all you know, it becomes everything you are.
Trying to make some sense of a life spent searching aimlessly, when for us, this is everything."




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cvlts
September 16th 2010



8954 Comments


I forget how to write reviews

bailar12
September 16th 2010



1766 Comments


tl;dr

gonna neg troll

cvlts
September 16th 2010



8954 Comments


Digging: Iamthe Nigs - Fields

bailar12
September 16th 2010



1766 Comments


insta-pos

Captain North
September 16th 2010



6779 Comments


"family where some might not have any to being with"

Also, checking this out now.

cvlts
September 16th 2010



8954 Comments


fix'd
get this niao

Captain North
September 16th 2010



6779 Comments


Oh damn, I should have seen the Go It Alone rec as a warning. I just don't dig these sorts of vocals for some reason.

cvlts
September 16th 2010



8954 Comments


eh, his vocs is more on the line of verse but that jus seemed too generic on the 'rec'd by reviewer' section

Captain North
September 16th 2010



6779 Comments


I swear, sometimes I think I must hear completely different sounds to everyone else. His vocals sound nothing like Verse to me.

cvlts
September 16th 2010



8954 Comments


wat? no i was talkin bout sinking ships. sry

Captain North
September 16th 2010



6779 Comments


So was I. Sinking Ships vocals are a lot less harsh and powerful, and a fair bit higher pitched.

cvlts
September 16th 2010



8954 Comments


well yeah, i mean they're definately a lot more unique for the genre but im listenin to verse right now and i keep on making the comparison

Captain North
September 16th 2010



6779 Comments


Yeah, I just switched to verse and realised my memory was failing me a bit, but I still wouldn't make the comparison. Mainly because I like Verse's vocals and I don't like Sinking Ships.

cvlts
September 16th 2010



8954 Comments


and I don't like Sinking Ships.

waitwut?gtfo

Captain North
September 16th 2010



6779 Comments


I meant the vocals, not the band as a whole. Although, for me in hardcore, vocals go a long long way towards liking the rest.

cvlts
September 16th 2010



8954 Comments


i jus dont understand how u could like more than life or modern life is war vocals, which are prty hard to get into, as compared to sinking ships, which are prty accessible imo.

but im not gonna bust my head tryin to convince you otherwise though, as it is all a matter of opinion.

Captain North
September 16th 2010



6779 Comments


It has nothing to do with accessibility man, it's just whether it hits a chord with me or not. I find these vocals annoying, rather than emotional (whereas I can hear the passion in every breath of air the bands you mentioned expel)

rasputin
September 16th 2010



14516 Comments


album is pretty good, definitely not 4.5/5 though

accompliceofmydeath
September 16th 2010



4170 Comments


I guess I better check this out.

Intothepit
September 16th 2010



1776 Comments


Yeah you should.


Pos, This Life.



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