Nothing More
Nothing More


4.0
excellent

Review

by Joel Hargreaves USER (42 Reviews)
June 30th, 2014 | 59 replies | 9,671 views


Release Date: 06/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing More have released a belter of an album, which acts as a shining light amongst a sea of mediocrity

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For San Antonio rockers Nothing More, the official release of their debut album has been a long time coming. Snippets of the album have been available in the dark recesses of the internet for quite some time, but once the official release date was set for last week, I couldn’t help but wait in anticipation. The Texan quartet has been gaining some serious momentum recently, from fans and critics alike, quickly becoming one of the most hyped modern rock acts on the circuit. Newly signed to a guaranteed five album deal with Eleven Seven Music, Nothing More currently have the whole world in the palm of their hand. But how does Nothing More actually stack up to all this hype?

The album opens with an intro of sorts titled ‘Ocean Floor’, which acts as the teaser trailer for an upcoming action movie. Not the kind of modern day straight to DVD action movie that features Nicolas Cage and his flailing career, but the high-end big screen blockbuster. Whispers swirl in and out of the mist as interesting effects warp the vocals and climb up into the blistering opening track ‘This Is The Time (Ballast)’. ‘This Is The Time (Ballast)’ was the first glance I had into the musical landscape that Nothing More was trying to create, as it was the extremely powerful lead single from the album. Hard hitting drumming, crunching precise guitar riffage and skull shattering bass slides all provide the perfect backdrop to lead singer Jonny Hawkins soaring vocalscape. The band doesn’t hold anything back early, letting their scorching pace and ample story telling abilities draw the listener in from the get-go. Some effects are sprinkled on top of all this, like the siren that closes out the track and really pushes it home.

Nothing More continue to impress with their uncanny ability to provide the listener with songs that are rich in depth, harbour a strong meaning and also roll along at break neck speed. Some of the examples are ‘Christ Copyright’ and ‘Mr. MTV’ which both pack quite a punch, but it’s the underlying meaning of both songs that are the real kicker. On one hand you have a song that questions religion with thought provoking lines like “to think you know who goes to heaven, is just one big misconception, like god hates fags and communism” and on the other hand, a song that questions the impact corporations have on society. It doesn’t stop here either with the majority of the remaining tracks introducing more of these invested lyrical meanings, without dropping the intensity that the band has quickly become known for.

Some late songs including ‘Jenny’ and the jaw dropping ‘God Went North’ are tracks that you can’t afford to miss. ‘Jenny’ features a huge soaring chorus and a bridge demands your attention, with solid musicianship that is interesting enough to ignite all of your senses. Afterwards Nothing More tread into more slow yet poignant waters, with the final worthy track on the album and meticulously calculated epic ‘God Went North’. This is truly one of those songs that stops you in your tracks and makes you feel genuine emotion. The whole song slowly builds up nicely with ominous wind chimes and distant thunder rolling through the speakers until a hazy guitar riff enters, constructing a tense atmosphere. Hawkins vocals dazzle and once entering the third repetition of the chorus reach a level that is so stirring it still manages to give me goosebumps every time I hear it. An atmospheric array of deep vocal chants brings the album down to a simmer and should have ended it. Instead a bizarre ten minute instrumental tracks closes the album, threatening to undo the magic from all the previous songs.

There is no denying that Nothing More have released a belter of an album, which acts as a shining light amongst a sea of mediocrity, instantly granting them access to the top echelon of modern rock. Nothing More flirts with elements of progressive, alternative and technical rock, which strikes a chord with the listener; something that has long been missing in the genre. With other bands such as Gemini Syndrome and Starset also gaining momentum, the future suddenly seems a little brighter for modern rock.



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Dromasta
June 30th 2014



80 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great review. Love this album!

VaxXi
June 30th 2014



121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, really love how you describe each song.

+Pos

Kalopsia
June 30th 2014



920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember when 'This is the Time (Ballast)' was 'Ballast (This is the Time)'

*sigh*

Alondite
June 30th 2014



156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"nippets of the album have been available in the dark recesses of the internet for quite some time, but once the official release date was set for last week, I couldn’t help but wait in anticipation."

Technically, the album in its entirety was available last year in disk form. This is just a major re-release on their new label.

Anyway, album rocks. "The Few Not Fleeting" is great, too.

TheGreatQ
June 30th 2014



1249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I saw these guys at Rock on the Range this year. Sadly they only got through 2 1/2 songs because their equipment had been left out in the rain by the sound guys between sets and shorted out constantly.

Still need to check out the album, because those 2 1/2 songs ruled.

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Alondite
June 30th 2014



156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

[EDIT] Double post. Sputnik's servers seriously suck, or something. I can't submit anything without
getting the "please wait a minute and try again" screen, which of course always leads to a multi-post.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2014



3330 Comments


If you get the "please wait then try again" message, that means your first post has gone through - refresh the page to check. The song you posted for the Infinite Playlist kind of rules so will check the whole thing

Funeralopolis
June 30th 2014



10986 Comments


this is pretty mediocre, vocalist is good tho

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FearThyEvil
June 30th 2014



12189 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

vocalist is great but the rest of this is pretty bleh. Do like their one single a lot though.

wayfaringstranger
July 1st 2014



36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic album. God Went North is one of the best songs I've ever heard, honestly, there's so much emotion.

TheSupernatural
July 1st 2014



1021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I never got around to reviewing this, dammit. It's a great album for sure, crazy vocals and whatnot. If you've never seen them live, you don't know what you're missing. They're definitely better live than recorded.

StormChaser
July 1st 2014



306 Comments


does nobody else hear a shitload of karnivool in here?

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UnstableConnection1
July 1st 2014



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love Karnivool but haven't made that comparison yet. What songs in particular StormChaser?

Daedus
July 1st 2014



90 Comments


Having a hard time with this one. On the one hand, what we have is catchy and energetic as all fuck and the vocalist is pretty awesome; on the other hand, the lyrics are kiddy-pool deep and the whole thing feels overproduced and "flash in the pan". I think my problem is that these guys can't really compare to the genre giants like Fair to Midland in terms of songwriting, but the quality is obviously there. Definitely getting a strong Dead Letter Circus aftertaste.

I'll have to spin this a few more times before I can really score it for sure.

TooManyFriends
July 2nd 2014



485 Comments


"Jenny" is awesome

FearThyEvil
July 2nd 2014



12189 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is so fucking overrated. Only good song is This is the Time

Alondite
July 2nd 2014



156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"this is so fucking overrated. Only good song is This is the Time "

I lol'd. "This is the Time" isn't even the best song on the album.

TheSupernatural
July 2nd 2014



1021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

" "this is so fucking overrated. Only good song is This is the Time "

I lol'd. "This is the Time" isn't even the best song on the album. "

Forreals. That isn't even the proper name for it, which is Ballast (they changed it for some reason and I don't like it), and it isn't as good as half the songs.

The middle falls a little flat, but the first seven songs and the last five songs are all excellent.


HugoG
July 2nd 2014



2 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

WTF?

Green Baron
July 2nd 2014



17681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

By middle we mean 11-15, right, because those suck ass.

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