Blessthefall
Hollow Bodies


4.0
excellent

Review

by P.J. Quinones USER (35 Reviews)
August 16th, 2013 | 24 replies | 3,967 views


Release Date: 08/20/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is as good as it gets.

9 of 15 thought this review was well written

There aren't many bands left from the crossover period in which post hardcore and metalcore had its disgusting child labeled as "scenecore" or "risecore". Blessthefall is one of them, and like all bands have made quite a few changes from their opening years with renown vocalist Craig Mabbitt. His Last Walk and Witness were different in a way that Blessthefall took to a less angsty post-hardcore approach, befriending the brand of metalcore that has been made so popular today by their cohorts on the high end of the genre. What Blessthefall has done so well to sustain their success lies within the skill of each member to create an original sound that has become so rare. Hollow Bodies builds itself distinctively on Awakening, and gives listeners the best they can expect from a band caught up in the middle of such a horrible time period for metalcore.

The backbone of any good metalcore group today is a supporting cast that, instead of rallying behind a talented lead guitarist, takes control and does not let the rhythm overpower nor be overpowered by the lead. This is what Blessthefall has done so well in their newest record, and having a guy who can put together songs that sound like his band and not his genre is a huge booster. Vocalists Beau Bokan and Jared Warth have always had some sort of a medium for lead vocals, some songs being a majority of screaming and others with Bokan alone at the helm. Hollow Bodies continues this trend but this time Bokan has a certain tact to his voice that he hadn't found in Witness and was learning in Awakening. One of the two songs that Bokan has to himself, "See You on the Outside", happens to be the standout track on the record with a chaotic rock element about it and a fun song structure. Warth's screams are very talented, but in his genre he is more disposable than a good singer so relief pitching from Jesse Barnett and Jake Luhrs make for a refreshing taste in the later half of the album.

So at the end of Hollow Bodies the question remains, where do they go from here? The answer is nowhere. This is just about the most they can do at this point, seeing as they haven't made drastic sound changes like some others within the genre who do so to either attract a different fanbase, abandon the semi-mainstream for mainstream, or to play what they had always wanted to as kids. Blessthefall, it seems, is content at the peak of its own genre, where their subjects will stumble upon themselves in struggle to maintain a consistent sound like Blessthefall has done so well. Because no matter how hard they try, the rest cannot combine riffs and the chug/chord formula and make it sound good like BTF has.

Suggested songs: See You on the Outside, Youngbloods, The Sound of Starting Over



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  • disengage666 (3.5)
    Hollow Bodies was a great improvement for blessthefall, and definitely an album that deser...

    spartanawasp (3.5)
    Blessthefall, now with 50% more chugga-loca....

    Alvados222 (2)
    'Hollow Bodies' is the perfect example of a band that refuses to evolve and continues to e...

    Dimitri1033 (2.5)
    Blessthefall makes a shift to more of a "metalcore" sound but still falls into the same ru...

  • NarlusKing123 (4)
    A new, fun album from a pretty good band....

    John Mohlman (1.5)
    Well, it's on par with the last two albums. So how much did you like those?...


Comments:Add a Comment 
pjquinones747
August 15th 2013



763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the save, admin. Have an album stream everyone:

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5650632/blessthefall-hollow-bodies-exclusive-album-premiere

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2013



28445 Comments


nope

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Ire
August 15th 2013



41754 Comments


lol even acad aint touching this

fromtheinside
August 15th 2013



18058 Comments


lol

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spartanawasp
August 15th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmph, I wonder how this one went from the 2/2 it had when it was wrongly posted to the 1/4 right now.

I like the album, still pos'd.

pjquinones747
August 15th 2013



763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Because it was BTF with Craig Mabbitt. That's the only conclusion I can come to although I don't really understand how.

spartanawasp
August 15th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well Jared screams way better than Mabbitt, and I honestly like Beau's clean more, though they're on par with Mabbitt's.

JackSparrow
August 16th 2013



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I didn't dislike Awakening too much but this is just bad

Italianjesusfootball
August 18th 2013



250 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah..This album gets even worse the more you listen.

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Bengweeen
August 19th 2013



89 Comments


4....you gave this...a 4?! goodbye hope.

pjquinones747
August 19th 2013



763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Profile picture says you're no older than 16, so you're irrelevant.

timquiros
August 20th 2013



29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For some reason I enjoyed this album way better than their previous releases. I don't know, I was kinda disappointed at first when I heard the single because they sounded generic and they kinda lost their sound. But when I listened to the album as a whole, I was pumped up! I got more excited as I listened to each of the songs. Great job BTF!

wrestlingpunk
August 22nd 2013



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is a much more proper review for this album. This album has been getting 4/5s and 9/10s since the reviews started. This is clearly their best work they put all their heart into this album. Each song paints a different picture which was the intention. Guitars are heavier, drums bring much more powerful and the lyric work has improved.

TooLateToGoBack
August 22nd 2013



1762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

lol a 5.

I have a soft spot for these guys, but c'mon.

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Zar
August 22nd 2013



8 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yucky.

pjquinones747
August 23rd 2013



763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks timquiros and wrestlingpunk!

Italianjesusfootball
August 23rd 2013



250 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"Profile picture says you're no older than 16, so you're irrelevant."
17. You were close. I don't know man. This album just bores me to tears.

pjquinones747
August 23rd 2013



763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was talking Bengweeen. I don't mind your input because you didn't post something obnoxious like him/her.

Pequenopolis
August 24th 2013



37 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

5 as a boost... this record is a lot better than I expected. Awakening didn't do much for me but btf have taken a step in a heavier direction here which is boho in their genre, most of their peers are washing out the hardcore and becoming more accessible/radio friendly. Refreshing change to see defying the norms

pjquinones747
August 24th 2013



763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't necessarily say it's heavier. They've always been pretty heavy.



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