Walking With Strangers
Hardships


3.0
good

Review

by Wayne H. USER (14 Reviews)
November 23rd, 2011 | 23 replies | 5,694 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Above-average instrumentation adds a nice bit of intrigue to an otherwise passable release.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

2011 has been quite the year for polyrhythm-driven “djent” bands, and Walking With Strangers is no exception. The year seems to have brought with it a resurgence in interest for the genre. However, many bands that seemed promising have, in their most recent releases, either failed to live up to their hype, or just outright failed. Walking With Strangers, however, doesn’t quite fit into any of those applicable categories. When I first heard about the band, I got a hold of their EP and wasn’t really impressed by any of it. Similarly, no massive hype-train followed this band.

In this case, the lack of expectation was great for me. Their debut LP, Hardships, is an involved and engaging listen to be sure, but one that exists decidedly within the confines of the current ‘core’ style. Sure, there are plenty of gratifying chuggy riffs and plenty of breakdowns, even the occasional melodic undertone to offset the heaviness. But everything from the deep, growling vocal delivery to the intricate drumming to the digitally altered stutter all serve to prove this album’s mediocrity.

That being said, there are still a few moments where Walking With Strangers’ raw talent carries them to a higher level than they otherwise would be at. The album is best taken at face value. It’s technical, heavy, catchy, and occasionally melodic, which is (sadly) enough for me to warrant at least some amount of attention. Songs like Legends and Roots reminisce of For The Fallen Dreams’ musical style on Relentless, only a few years late. A fun listen, but not an album one would champion as a premier release for the year.



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TheNecromancer
November 23rd 2011



55 Comments


metalcore sucks

Winsomniac
November 23rd 2011



7968 Comments


Quick write-up. They deserved at least something.

pizzamachine
November 23rd 2011



12571 Comments


I immediately thought The Birthday Massacre.


Tyrael
November 23rd 2011



20828 Comments


My favourite BM record!

Owait

Winsomniac
November 23rd 2011



7968 Comments


Dead Hands is also kind of fun.


'I immediately thought The Birthday Massacre.'

That's how I stumbled onto these guys, actually, haha. How are ya, pizzabrochine CONTRIBUTOR?

TheNecromancer
November 23rd 2011



55 Comments


BRING THE JUNZ!

pizzamachine
November 23rd 2011



12571 Comments


@ Win: I'm doin homework and crap AWW YEAH

Winsomniac
November 23rd 2011



7968 Comments


Didn't know Sith Lords had homework. Anyway, this is actually kind of fun. I refuse to acknowledge the synthetic aspects of it, but some of it is really catchy. Guilty pleasure for sure.

pizzamachine
November 23rd 2011



12571 Comments


I like lame metalcore occasionally, maybe I'll check it out.

cvlts
November 23rd 2011



8954 Comments


sup junzer

good review but it's walking the fine line between concise and shallow. remember dude,
substance=profit

AfterTheBreakdown
November 23rd 2011



7108 Comments


Maybe i'll give this a listen. pos'd

Winsomniac
November 23rd 2011



7968 Comments


@Dante: I absolutely agree. I just felt these guys needed a review. Mayhaps I'll add to it when I have more than like 2 listens under my belt, lol... Also, sup TLiGenbrocide.


@ATB: Listen to Roots, and you'll know whether or not you care about the rest.

Winsomniac
November 23rd 2011



7968 Comments


Okay this album is actually really fucking catchy. Might do a non-shitty review soon.

IAmKickass
November 23rd 2011



840 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Their EP was enjoyable.

AfterTheBreakdown
November 23rd 2011



7108 Comments


Alright i'll listen to it tommorow.

Winsomniac
November 24th 2011



7968 Comments


Legends is my favorite so far. Definitely still in guilty pleasure zone, but so goddamned fun....

AfterTheBreakdown
November 24th 2011



7108 Comments


i listened to a few songs. seemed average to me.

Winsomniac
November 24th 2011



7968 Comments


Legends just junz so hard, man..

AfterTheBreakdown
November 24th 2011



7108 Comments


yeah that song was good but the rest i didn't care for.

Winsomniac
November 25th 2011



7968 Comments


YOUR DEAAAAAATTTTTHHHHH WILL LIVE IN MEMORIES!



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