Hawthorne Heights
Hate


3.5
great

Review

by Sam Cowen USER (17 Reviews)
September 8th, 2011 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavier and better than before, Hawthorne Heights are finally moving on.

Music always has the power to divide opinion and inspire hatred in those who dislike a certain act. Rock fans especially, simply love to hate on other artists. During the mid 2000’s, one such band was Post-Hardcore crew Hawthorne Heights. Their debut album, The Silence In Black And White, had been released on Victory Records and the single, Ohio Is For Lovers, featured lyrics many listeners just could not take seriously.

Personally I never thought Hawthorne Heights deserved most of the criticism levelled at them. While lyrically they leave something to be desired, the creepy atmospherics present in their first two releases gave the albums real personality.

Since then they have released three more records, during which they lost guitarist and screamer Casey Calvert to an early grave and left two record labels due to various reasons. Now, with their own label, Cardboard Empire Records, Hawthorne Heights are releasing a trilogy of EP’s, and the first is called Hate.

Musically this is a step back in the right direction after their recent poppier outings, and now Micah Carli contributes screams regularly. Alongside this the breakdowns and gang vocals are back too. However, don’t be fooled into thinking this a regression back to their earlier style. This is heavier than anything Hawthorne Heights have put out before, and is certainly better written. Stay Awake/Stay Alive, while featuring no screaming, contains a gang vocal breakdown, and is one of the fastest tracks on the album, only really letting up for a matter of seconds when singer JT Woodruff quietly croons “Lets sing a song about winter for a change.”

Is This What You Wanted opens with the heaviest moment on the whole album as Micah and JT scream the title repeatedly, before slowing into the kind of creepy atmospheric verse we have come to expect from the Ohio quartet. Wasted In NYC is catchy enough to get stuck in your head for days and Oceans is a relatively laid back track that even manages to pull off a spoken word bridge, something that usually ruins a song (See My Chemical Romance - Na Na Na).

If there is one major problem with the album, it is what divided opinions on the band back in 2004, the lyrics. While undoubtedly improved on the whole, JT lets himself down on the opening “There Was A Kid (Part I)” and the title track “Hate”. The latter is extremely catchy, but you can’t help feeling that at this stage in their career, they should be able to find better lyrics than “I hate my job and I hate my life/I hate every ***ing thing in this world/I swear to god if I had a knife/I’d cut my heart out and give it to her.” Despite this, the rest of the lyrics aren’t too bad and show they have come a long way since their debut record.
Hawthorne Heights claims to want to make a music video for each song on this EP, with one for Is This What You Wanted already released. While a fresh idea, I can’t help but feel it will be both a waste of time and resources. With this EP Hawthorne Heights have certainly released a good collection of songs and a step back in the right direction musically. With 9 tracks, this EP is as long as some albums and bar the opener every single one is fairly strong.

Hawthorne Heights may never recapture their former popularity, and will probably never win over their most hardened critics, but they seem not to care, and having abandoned their previous radio friendly sound, have produced some of their best work yet.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
IfYouRun
September 8th 2011


294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fairly quick write up, had a bit of trouble starting this one. Again, constructive criticism is welcomed.

WashboardSuds
September 8th 2011


5025 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cardboard Empire Records

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 8th 2011


50601 Comments


Really stupid album title/album art

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

WashboardSuds
September 8th 2011


5025 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

so you hate it?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 8th 2011


50601 Comments


9 songs?
what are they metal now

Nikkolae
September 8th 2011


4862 Comments


this sounds... intresting to say the least. nice review

Edit:
"The sixth track off of the latest release by emo pioneers Hawthorne Heights." lol youtube is so funny

Digging: Cursed Graves - Western Blood

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 8th 2011


50601 Comments


Oh, it's an e.p.

IfYouRun
September 8th 2011


294 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think i could handle that... ;D

Acanthus
September 8th 2011


9543 Comments


Heavier? Really? Truthfully?

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

iFghtffyrdmns
September 8th 2011


7047 Comments


HAAATE ME TODAYYYYY
HAAAATE ME TOMOOOOOROWWWWW

LepreCon
September 8th 2011


4144 Comments


lolband is terribad

BrownPark
September 8th 2011


158 Comments


i kinda feel bad for them, honestly.

Rev
September 8th 2011


9437 Comments


they're still around?

iFghtffyrdmns
September 8th 2011


7047 Comments


yeah :[

Rev
September 8th 2011


9437 Comments


WELL I CAN'T MAKE IT ON MY OWN

MiseryMissy
September 8th 2011


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

the most meaningful words in title track is "i swear to god it hurts so fucking bad to be the only one left in this world" this song not about hate at all, it's about desperation and loneliness, that's the reason of hate or suicide (from first track)

Crymsonblaze
September 8th 2011


7495 Comments


Those lyrics are pretty hilarious

iFghtffyrdmns
September 8th 2011


7047 Comments


B/C MAH HEART IS IN
OH
HIIIIII
OHHHHH

dimsim3478
September 9th 2011


5186 Comments


A 3.5 average? Wake up, haters!

Digging: The Pillows - Moondust

sonictheplumber3
September 9th 2011


7 Comments


dude this is so metal

neck!



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