Blessthefall
Hollow Bodies


3.5
great

Review

by spartanawasp USER (4 Reviews)
October 27th, 2013 | 48 replies | 6,537 views


Release Date: 08/20/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blessthefall, now with 50% more chugga-loca.

7 of 8 thought this review was well written

3.25/5

Blessthefall has always been a band that’s been-there, you know, they’re incredibly generic (br00tal level of generic) but they’ve always been able to do generic better than their contemporaries; that’s not to say they can’t get annoying, because oh my, they can, but their albums are generally a good ride.

So, what’s up with their newest album? You might ask yourself, and the answer is, metalcore. Ever since their start Blessthefall has been part of scenecore crowd, however, they’ve always leaned more towards the post-hardcore side of stuff than the metalcore dark side. With their latest album though, they pull a switcheroo and channel their inner TDWP we all carry in our hearts with a breakdown-laced album, annoying electronica sounds and all.

The backbone of any kind of scenecore album these days is a good screamer, and Jared Wrath certainly stands up to this role. Very much alike his peer Caleb Shomo, he doesn’t have much range on his outcries, employing a mid-range scream 90% of the time. Quite a killer scream, but it could get repetitive for some people. Thanks to these insane pipes, Hollow Bodies rises above most of the crowd, but alas, he isn’t the single vocalist of this band. Beau Bokan, clean singer of this band, can be simply described as annoying. During about half of the album he channels his inner Ozzmosis, singing at near-chipmunk level of whininess despite being 32 years old and all. That not to say his cleans can’t be enjoyable as exemplified in the slow ballad Buried in These Walls or the Pierce the Veil-esque See You on the Outside, but he suffers from the same problem as the aforementioned Black Sabbath singer or Wrath, requiring way more range.

The lyricism hasn’t improved much, remaining decent through with the exception of few cringe-worthy moments like overly-enthusiastic “Take your life in a new direction!” in Standing on the Ashes or the entirety of the lead single You Wear a Crown but You’re No King.

And while the backbone of any good album might be the vocals, no instrumentation is left behind, and this very same instrumentation is what rescues the album. Blessthefall have always been a little better at playing their instruments than their peers, and while there aren’t solos to show off the respective skills of each member, they remain strong through the whole album, breakdowns and all.

Oh yeah, the breakdowns. While the overuse of breakdowns is quite annoying on the whole genre, they're employed to great effect here. Particular stand-outs include the near entirety of the track Youngbloods, featuring a manic opening and never letting go, with a headbangin’ appearance by Jake ‘I-look-40-and-bald-even-though-I'm-barely-30’ Luhrs from August Burns Red, the huge gang-shout-laced breakdown that dominates the last third of Standing on the Ashes and the several ones in Carry On; such a pity this track is nearly ruined by Beau Bokan.

All in all, Blessthefall have created an incredibly predictable album. It won’t silence the naysayers, won’t do anything to add or remove critics of this band and it will please any fan of them or the “scene” in general. The production by Mr. Generic Sturgis is questionable (especially those electronica sounds) and Mr. Bokan needs a few singing lessons, but thankfully this release is saved by solid instrumentation, great screaming and a few features.


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    Hollow Bodies was a great improvement for blessthefall, and definitely an album that deser...

    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....

  • P.J. Quinones (4)
    This is as good as it gets....

    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 
spartanawasp
October 27th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know there are quite a few reviews for this already, but I felt like all of them were too positive or too negative.

Crawl
October 27th 2013



1597 Comments


i liked Go West Young Men, idk if I should listen to this

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eh, not that worth listening to the whole album, just the standout tracks.

silentstar
October 27th 2013



2244 Comments


the track with Lights was quite underwhelming. I would have thought they'd make a more interesting song, especially since they are married and all. should have taken from Don't Go by Bring Me The Horizon

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I liked it when I first heard it but now it's quite boring. That's pretty much why I didn't mention it in the review.

Pheromone
October 27th 2013



3466 Comments


I really dig the song Promised Ones but Tumblr Metal is not the sort of thing I jam to.

Digging: Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tumblr Metal XD that's a new one

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2013



50062 Comments


That album cover makes me so mad

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

Pheromone
October 27th 2013



3466 Comments


Yeah they always Jam it whilst they cut themselves and whine about how no one gets them, you should check it out some time!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2013



50062 Comments


*tumblrcore, teenage girls don't listen to real metal

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I do spend some time in Tumblr and seen way too many self-harm posts there.

And Trebor, the whole bloodied body is pretty cool, but yeah the cover sucks.

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Like half of the band posts I see on Tumblr are crying about MCR or BMTH XD

Pheromone
October 27th 2013



3466 Comments


Sorry Trebor I forgot, for a second there I thought they were br00tal enough with the purging and shit.

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Has anyone called it br00talcore yet?

silentstar
October 27th 2013



2244 Comments


I want to meet a tumblrcore girl so that I can jam La Dispute and Touche Amore with her

Pheromone
October 27th 2013



3466 Comments


Is it worth it though? I mean she might make you jam some sleeping with sirens whilst she admires how sexy Kellin looks.

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kellin is pretty hot tho, though SWS sucks now

Pheromone
October 27th 2013



3466 Comments


He looks like a faggot.

Green Baron
October 27th 2013



19512 Comments


he does doesn't he

Digging: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meh



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