Hinder
Welcome to the Freakshow


2.0
poor

Review

by Joel Hargreaves USER (39 Reviews)
December 6th, 2012 | 35 replies | 3,389 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: So ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’, before entering; turn around and leave.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Just like clockwork two more long years have passed and given way to the inevitable. Yes that’s right, a brand new Hinder album. Like all their previous albums, Hinder again don’t try to break new ground with a memorable title and present the new body of work as the aptly titled ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’. ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’ contains eleven new tracks that fans of Hinder will no doubt adore almost instantly, whilst everyone else will continue to spit ample amounts of hate in their general direction.

Following on from their 2010 release ‘All American Nightmare’ Hinder have regressed and fallen even further away from growing at all. Fans of their music will feel that although Hinder relatively don’t change their sound from album to album, each new release had been better than the last. ‘All American Nightmare’ at least saw Hinder add a different, darker edge to their sound that made it their most solid album to date. Instead of attempting to continue on from that building block, they have decided to strip most of the album back into a somewhat attempted anathematic updated version of ‘Extreme Behaviour’. The songs come arranged in the two typical formats; either an attempted sleazy hard rock song or a ballad, with ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’ relying too much on the latter. Six out of the eleven tracks are ballads on ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’ and most of them have some catchy hooks but overall miss the mark this time around. Songs like “Talk to Me” and “Get Me Away From You” outright aren’t very good and don’t really sound like Hinder at all. However credits due when necessary and Hinder have managed to hit a home run with the country tinged ballad “Anyone But You”. For once nothing about this song feels forced and Austin Wrinkler’s unique gravelly, yet smooth vocals excel in this song making it one of their best to date.

Apart from this overall reliance on ballads, ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’ does still manage to include some heavier grungier numbers which Hinder are also known for. With the darker edge lost from their heavier tracks, to make up for it songs like ‘Ladies Come First’ and ‘Wanna Be Rich’ include some dance like up-tempo drumming and electronic effects. ‘Ladies Come First’ manages to capture some catchy lyrical and vocals moments, but ultimately displays one to Hinder’s biggest flaws. Hinder are still too hung up with trying to be the sleazy rockers whilst also trying to maintain that “sensitive” side, when they perhaps should just pick a side already. It doesn’t seem that Hinder is going to solve their identity crisis anytime soon though, because despite relying on ballads, they can still perform a worthwhile rocking number like ‘Freakshow’. ‘Freakshow’ opens with a huge climbing guitar riff that actually set up the song for a worthwhile ride and ‘whoa oh’s’ in the chorus are quite infectious.

It has been stated on websites that the completion of this album has seen Hinder deliver their most diverse collection of songs to date, but it feels like most of them are lacking something they were close too on their last release. If diversity was the bulls-eye on a dart board and Hinder were aiming for it, unfortunately the dart they threw has landed in the wall three metres away. Hinder have always been a guilty pleasure band of mine but ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’ is a step in the wrong direction. So ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’, before entering; turn around and leave.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
skoopy48
December 5th 2012



1308 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Lol this band is still around?

Sapient.
December 5th 2012



1109 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

ohoho, pretty sure i know what track 2 is about, hehehe >:D

and this band is like the poor man's Nickleback, if in any way that's possible

toxin.
December 5th 2012



11804 Comments


band is awful just awful awful i tell ya awful
you can add punctuation as you see fit

Cygnatti
December 5th 2012



19970 Comments


awful

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henryChinaski
December 6th 2012



2456 Comments


Band blows. Nice review.

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demigod!
December 6th 2012



40970 Comments


wow these guys are still around? They suck so hard.

NagasakiBomber
December 6th 2012



121 Comments


These guys really are bad. Never heard a thing by them i got into. Really terrible music.

breakingthefragile
December 6th 2012



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5

Oh wow a new Hinder album? Merry fucking Christmas indeed. Ugh.

breakingthefragile
December 6th 2012



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5

Yep. 3 tracks in and this is just as horrid as always.

KjSwantko
December 6th 2012



8717 Comments


um

KjSwantko
December 6th 2012



8717 Comments


That could maybe be the blandest track listing I've ever seen.

breakingthefragile
December 6th 2012



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5

Let's play spot the rewrites. EVERYONE WINS! IT'S THE WHOLE TRACK LISTING!

DerpyHerpDinkleberg
December 9th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha! You make me laugh! (Commenters) these guys don't make their music for you! They make it for their fans! And with a release of an album gets them some! New fans, so go f**k yourselves. No-one forces you to listen to it!

jjmia
December 9th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree with DerpyHerpDinkleberg
The album is a fantastic blend of mostly catchy hard rockers and first class ballads, this band gets better with each release..
Why listen to it if you are going to just put it down? you knew what it was going to sound like..And if Hinder weren't so good at what they do, then they wouldn't attract so much attention, albeit mostly negative, in the first place.







Sevendave
January 21st 2013



30 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@jjmia - Maybe people did know what it was going to sound like & what to expect, however to me it just sounds like a poor version of previous albums. The album is certainly not their most diverse material. As the reviewer said 'All American Nightmare' showed signs of diversity.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2013



20803 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Ready, sex, here we go"

Much-derided Oklahoman rockers Hinder deliver exactly what you think they will on 4th LP 'Welcome to the Freakshow'. Like its predecessor, it's a mixed bag of every style they have previously performed... There are the airwave baiting radio-rockers, strip-club ready sleaze rockers, cheesy power ballads & haphazard flourishes of country, pop-rock & southern rock. While an occasional glimpse of talent pops up on roughly every 2nd track, most tunes sound dated, and the constant flip-flopping of style & theme halts any momentum. Ultimately, however, Hinder simply aren't as catchy as they think they are. Recommended Tracks: Save Me & Shoulda Known Better.

YoYoMancuso
February 1st 2013



10108 Comments


album title is a perfect description of Hinder in one sentence.

breakingthefragile
February 1st 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5

Nah, if it was, "Welcome to the Badshow" then I think it would be.

KjSwantko
February 1st 2013



8717 Comments


@Davey, please tell me that isn't actually on the record and you just made it up.

breakingthefragile
February 1st 2013



2935 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5

Search your feelings, Jason, you know it to be true.



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