Hoax
Hoax


3.0
good

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
December 19th, 2013 | 16 replies


Release Date: 08/21/2013 | Tracklist


After years of minor releases hardcore outfit Hoax have put their heads together and produced a long player – prior to its release the strength of the group’s EPs often made me question whether they would be able to recreate the addictive combination of aggression and mid-tempo, hook-laden riffs on a full-length. It’s safe to say that the Massachusetts four-piece has not strayed far from its usual formula, delivering a slathering of Hoax-signature songs. Nonetheless, one cannot help feel jaded with its release; completely ignoring the trivial and juvenile discussions of ‘trendiness’ and ‘youth attack bands’, the LP doesn’t quite hit home as hard as it should.

One aspect of the record that cannot go unmentioned is how true it remains to the production standard set on previous releases. The guitar tone is jagged and mean, Jesse’s snarls have been further refined, and the whole thing sounds exactly as a Hoax LP should. It’s hard to fault the band on their style – they are consistent and obviously take the recording process seriously. But what their consistency cannot cover up is this LP’s lack of defining moments. Of the dozen or so tracks that Hoax have put to wax, there is no ‘Fagget’, no ‘Down’, nor even a ‘Discipline’. The album marches along punching out song after song and when it’s done it disappears and doesn’t leave you angry, frustrated or alienated. Considering that is what I’ve come to expect from spinning a Hoax record, I’m left somewhat disappointed with a fairly good record that could have easily been more.

It might seem I am being too hard on Hoax, as I think they’re an excellent band, and considering this is their first LP perhaps the criticism of its songwriting is a little misguided, however it wouldn’t be out of line to make the typical comment about the difference between a collection of songs and a cohesive album brought to life through a collection of songs. Hoax’s self-titled LP just feels like an EP but more than twice as long, and thus unfortunately lumps in with the former category. This is not to say it isn’t good or that I don’t enjoy listening to it, but the longevity it brings to the listener’s (turn)table is not particularly significant.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 19th 2013


10382 Comments


love that album artwork.

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rasputin
December 19th 2013


14555 Comments


it's not their best -

http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&docid=R01RJ2R10SCiPM&tbnid=M_9mKFIc_hb43M:&ved=0CAIQjBw&url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-7yOUfig0uos%2FTotbvs12Y4I%2FAAAAAAAAAi4%2FklDHwc1zoJM%2Fs1600%2FIMG.jpg&ei=samyUpnHCs-HkgX47YCQCw&bvm=bv.58187178,d.dGI&psig=AFQjCNFBOzmbsb80ZN6WqGmiTCsMuYeAaA&ust=1387526957218897

Relinquished
December 19th 2013


25874 Comments


^ so graceful

MO
December 19th 2013


19068 Comments


nice rasp

rasputin
December 19th 2013


14555 Comments


graceful turkey dance

Hep Kat
December 19th 2013


15362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

hay rasputin i wuz lookin at yer last.fm 2day coincidentally and i was like "dam hes got a lot of hoax plays i wonder what he thought of the lp"

so like yea i didnt add you cuz i am a puss

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Hep Kat
December 19th 2013


15362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

also arent they breaking up or whats going on with that

ShadowRemains
December 19th 2013


21566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dug this record quite a bit although i should probably hear some of their earlier material

Hep Kat
December 19th 2013


15362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

demo's the best, then the first 7"

it really just goes downhill from there imo, but it's all good

Hep Kat
December 19th 2013


15362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

and of course "fagget" is

the anthem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m0TpaqQ59U

ShadowRemains
December 19th 2013


21566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol at the people wondering if it was a korn cover

Hep Kat
December 19th 2013


15362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

clearly 2 G's there people

god

Blackbelt54
December 19th 2013


4276 Comments


this band put on one of the scariest live shows I've ever seen

Hep Kat
December 19th 2013


15362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

clearly youve never seen any righteous japanese crust bands live

but yea that puny little bald fuck do like his crowd killz

rasputin
December 19th 2013


14555 Comments


yeah i was disappointed with it hepkat, was super keen before it came out then it just sort of popped out of no where and dont get me wrong i like it, if im actually bothering to listen to something these days that says a lot but im not excited about it at all like i was about the first two 7"s



witchxrapist
January 5th 2014


11057 Comments


These dudes fucking kill live.



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