The Color Morale
Know Hope


4.0
excellent

Review

by P.J. Quinones USER (35 Reviews)
March 25th, 2013 | 42 replies | 7,765 views


Release Date: 03/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A cause for celebration among the Rise repertoire.

14 of 14 thought this review was well written

At this point, I get sick of even mentioning the term "risecore", but it's so prominent nowadays overshadowing great bands, unfortunately. Fear not, however: The Color Morale is here with an excellent release to fix your aching eardrums. Returning with the pleasant metalcore sound that they brandished for the past two releases, TCM has some newfound maturity under their belt, well describing their case for modern metalcore by the name of Know Hope.

The song structure is a part of the tunes that hasn't changed, but isn't something that needed to be altered. Songs like Smoke and Mirrors and Living Breathing Something all have the similar quick pace that we're used to hearing by now and can enjoy. Silver Lining is the thrasher of the record and songs like Steadfast and Learned Behavior are anthem-y songs that bring the real "hope" aspect into Know Hope, and the fact that the emotions of the record and the lyrics thoroughly reflect the title. Look to the aforementioned tracks to be the most impressed. The most popular topic being spoken of however, is the new method of screaming by vocalist Garrett Rapp. Reminiscent of the style change by Oli Sykes of Bring Me the Horizon, Rapp has adapted a harsh yell for which both he and Sykes could be compared to Drew York of Stray From the Path or the legendary Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine. None of which are all too comparable at all by the actual music, but the style of vocals have that familiar rasp which can most famously be accredited to De La Rocha. The change has worked in the favor of Rapp, giving his group stronger emotion in delivery, along with an awesome improvement of singing. Additionally, the strong meaning behind the lyrics almost give me goosebumps while listening:

"So maybe this time I need to be standing for someone to believe
Like a weathered oak with know hope carved in me
So maybe this time I need to be standing for someone to believe
You can take the life from me but I'll always be here standing, still
Every time you need me" - In Light in Me

So much metalcore is either depressing or angry, but Know Hope effectively pairs the melancholy and the angry into an album with lyrics that inspire change for the better rather than messing up your enemies and cutting yourselves over teenage girls.

What makes the album so thoroughly enjoyable, as the listener adjusts to the new vocals? The overall performance of the album is something that can be debated on who carries the album through its phases. The guitars traditionally come first in the writing process, but in this album the real carrier is the drums. The riffs are a real power in all string and percussion-based music, but drummer Steve Carey does a phenomenal job in Know Hope especially. His constant driving force of pulsing beats and thrashing fills commands the tempo of the record with ease, as the king of crescendos and always the push and pull among the placement of riffs and crushing breakdowns. The relentless, violent riffing of Silver Lining would be nothing without the right delivery of the drums and the inspiring melodious feeling of Steadfast is detailed by the headbanging beats throughout. Never to lose credit though, the three stringed soldiers for TCM are great at what they do and all come together for this incredible experience throughout the album.

The only evident flaw would be anything that the scenie weenie avoids this band for. Not like we even want em here, but the album lacks the popular flashy single like metalcore counterparts (or excuses for, depending on your opinion) Bring Me the Horizon and Memphis May Fire do with "Shadow Moses" and "Prove Me Right", respectively. I don't see this as much of a problem, but TCM traditionally hasn't been the most commercially crazed band anyways. Those who have the deeper, actually meaningful views on music can be here to enjoy bands like The Color Morale.

Recommended: Silver Lining, Steadfast, Living Breathing Something, Saviorself



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pjquinones747
March 25th 2013



763 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Here's an album stream

http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/the_color_morale_stream_new_album_know_hope

And seriously, each song on this album is thoroughly enjoyable. Take my recommendations with a grain
of salt, because you could very well find completely different songs to be your favorites. This album
is amazing.

Digging: GWAR - War Party

ILJ
March 25th 2013



6662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

" I get sick of even mentioning the term "risecore", but it's so prominent nowadays overshadowing great bands, unfortunately"

they're not great tho

pjquinones747
March 25th 2013



763 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm not saying the risecore is good, i'm saying the very few good bands on Rise Records get overshadowed by the shitty risecore

Scoot
March 25th 2013



17726 Comments


bland

RosaParks
March 25th 2013



14837 Comments


lol

MMX
March 25th 2013



4798 Comments


it's ok nothing special though

intotheshit
March 25th 2013



3639 Comments


You've been here two years and you're still listening to the same crap

MMX
March 25th 2013



4798 Comments


oh

joshieboy12345
March 26th 2013



5370 Comments


Yeah it's alright, but forgettable.

merpmerp
March 26th 2013



793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I can't give this band anything less than a 4

Westicles96
March 26th 2013



12 Comments


Yeah but...MMF is actually good.

sicEMbears
March 27th 2013



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just wish Garret Rapp used more lows than highs in this record since they were fantastic in "My Devil in Your Eyes".

pjquinones747
March 27th 2013



763 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

intotheshit Sputnik has showed me a lot of amazing music, actually. But I don't think anybody can be convinced that the music they already listen to is shit and that they should stop listening to it. Maybe others can, but I don't see how it's logically possible at least for myself.

charlie15
March 27th 2013



132 Comments


Tcm shit all over mmf. Mmfs only outstanding release was their ep

pjquinones747
March 28th 2013



763 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm a fan of both, but I'd go with TCM between the two any day. I'm very stubborn about actually calling any group a real favorite band of mine, but TCM is really becoming one of them.

RosaParks
March 28th 2013



14837 Comments


core kid 4 lyfe!!! Fuk da h8rs

Dudethedrew
March 28th 2013



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love Color Morale and always have. They are definitely one of those bands that helps people through times in their lives, myself included. This album like the two before have been amazing with superb lyrical content that everyone can relate to my favorite of which is from Learned Behavior, Co-written by WCAR's frontman Joshua Moore.

"Sometimes its good to build up walls, not to keep anyone out, but to see who cares enough to knock them down."

joshieboy12345
March 28th 2013



5370 Comments


A 5? lol.

Nifkin
March 29th 2013



90 Comments


The shitstain of metal today. stahp.

joshieboy12345
March 29th 2013



5370 Comments


STAHP



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