Stick To Your Guns
Diamond


2.5
average

Review

by whatshisname USER (13 Reviews)
March 24th, 2012 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One step forward, two steps back.

Stick To Your Guns is a band I've only recently discovered. I only started listening to them a few months after The Hope Division released. The Hope Division was a great album, and after listening to their earlier material I've noticed that Stick To Your Guns is one of the better bands in the hardcore scene today. Diamond is their follow up to The Hope division, and sadly is the sound of a band stuck in a rut.

The album opens up with "Diamond". The song is half a build up. This serves as a good way to open the album, showing off what Stick To Your Guns is capable of in the lyrical department. "Against Them All" was the second single released from the album. I know I'm almost entirely alone when I say this, but I absolutely love this song. The riff is one of the best on the album, and the clean chorus is the best on the album. This song is a great way to follow "Diamond" because whereas "Diamond" showed off the bands heavier side, this shows off the more melodic side. "Such Pain" is where the album starts going downhill. The intro guitar reminds me of "Some Kind Of Hope" from The Hope Division. The one thing this song shows me though is a lack of creativity. The song is exactly what you'd expect, and that's not a good thing in this case. "The Bond" continues the boring trend and shows off as a song full of chugging. Again, this song is just plain boring. Despite the song being two and a half minutes it feels like it's over in 30 seconds. The following song "Ring Loud (Last Hope)" is a change in pace, but not for the better. The choir in this song feels so un-wanted and cheesy. I can understand what they're trying to do, but in this case it just doesn't work.

Kicking off the second half of the album is "Empty Hands". Again I feel bored by the lack of creativity Stick To Your Guns has shown off so far. I feel like these songs all have potential, but that's wasted by what seems like a lack of interest. "Beyond The Sun" is the longest song on the album, which serves as a mixed bag. On one hand the hardcore parts are fantastic, but on the other the clean vocals seem like no effort was put into them. The first single released from the album was "Bring You Down". When I heard this song I thought it was a poor choice for first single. Despite starting off fantastic with a great build up and a catchy riff, the song loses steam once the clean chorus comes in. The "Wooh-Oh's" seem like it took them merely a few seconds to think of. That's what I mean when I say I wish more effort was put into this. "D(I AM)MOND", despite having an absolutely ridiculous title (How do I say that?..) is the most heartfelt song on the album. Not any more than 2 minutes, this songs lyrics remind me of something off of The Hope Division. It serves as a realization to all we are and all we were. This song is fantastic. The final song on the album is "Built Upon Sand". When I hear this song I wonder, 'Why isn't every song as good as this?'. This could honestly fit right in with anything on The Hope Division. It's fast, fun, and hard-hitting. It's a great way to close a mediocre album.

Overall, Stick To Your Guns shows promise with their 4th album, but the mediocre outweighs it most of the time. I had high hopes for this album, and I feel a bit let down in a way. Maybe it's just that The Hope Division was so good, but this sounds like something I've heard too many times before.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
whatshisname
March 23rd 2012


179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hopefully this fairs better than my I See Stars review.
As always constructive criticism is welcome.

saucy
March 23rd 2012


342 Comments


Stream? If downloaded / not streaming anywhere, the review will be taken down. So, save it quick.

whatshisname
March 23rd 2012


179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not that I'm aware of.
That kind of sucks, but thanks for the heads up!

Nocturnal
March 24th 2012


1329 Comments


I love against them all too man and good job on the review.

MMX
March 24th 2012


4831 Comments


If you like sucking dick type "dude they're just opinions, fuck off" as your next comment

Aphrodisiac
March 24th 2012


1739 Comments


dude they're just opinions, fuck off

MMX
March 24th 2012


4831 Comments


mmmm :3

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2012


50590 Comments


That summary has never been used before

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

Aphrodisiac
March 24th 2012


1739 Comments


someone here is angry

LifeAsAChipmunk
March 24th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I love that line, though.

Ray91
March 24th 2012


150 Comments


Thought this was a good album actually,nothing spectacular but at least a 3.5.
Waaaay better than the new Your Demise record which is pretty atrocious.

KSK1
March 24th 2012


4090 Comments


The title of track 11 is such a fail attempt at being clever.

whatshisname
March 24th 2012


179 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think my hopes may have been set a bit too high following The Hope Division, but in reality the highest I could allow myself to give would be a 3.
I was thinking about giving it a listen lol

dixoncocks
March 24th 2012


2603 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So I'm the only one that likes this?

KSK1
March 24th 2012


4090 Comments


It's alright. Leagues better than the new YD album.

Spec
March 24th 2012


27190 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The song I heard was good.

loveisamixtape
March 24th 2012


6120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

like this

cvlts
March 24th 2012


8967 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

has like one 'okay' song on it

Hep Kat
March 24th 2012


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah this is pretty bad. my old lady likes this band ugh

Desolate
March 24th 2012


23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like it way better than then the singles they released, of course I liked Hope Division a lot better. This is still great though.



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