Review Summary: good and boring.
Disciple is a sketchy band at best, and a poor band at worst. They are frustratingly inconsistent, constantly switching sound styles as if believing the act itself will make them a better band - it has never worked. Although their old albums were heavy metal, the band experimented with mainstream rock occasionally (a poor effort). When they would return to metal, they often seemed to forget how to do it. Clearly, their dabbling with mainstream rock influenced them too much to ever do a fantastic metal album. Such is the case with Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
, where the audience learns, to their frustration, that Disciple is as inconsistent as ever.
Disciple’s last album showed a new side of the band, a southern rock side, and they were surprisingly good at it. Therefore, Disciple’s blend of metal and mainstream rock is now mixed with the southern rock/metal of their last album. Unfortunately, it is mixed in poorly, like flour stirred without vigor, and consequently, chunky. The only song to blatantly showcase their southern influence is ‘Watch It Burn’; the rest of the time the influence barely rears its head at all, and when it does, it is employed boringly. Clearly, more thought should have been put into the execution of that style, or whether they wanted to implement the style at all.
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
is mostly a mainstream hard rock/alternative metal album. For the first time in a while, the band has succeeded in making an alright mainstream-oriented album. All songs have massive choruses, and that is commendable in this genre. The vocalist is also as good as usual, hitting the notes with gumption and emotion. If all you want is catchy, melodic, mainstream music with ripping guitars and memorable choruses, look no further. Still, I recommend looking further.
Ultimately, the album is too average to amount to anything noteworthy. Even though the choruses are large, since the songs sound too similar to each other, the listening experience is one disorienting blend – once you’ve heard one song you’ve heard them all. It may be good for the occasional listen, but anything past that would be overkill. There is little more that can be said about the album.