Hurt
Volume 1


3.5
great

Review

by Chris Maziejka USER (49 Reviews)
July 13th, 2006 | 143 replies | 15,009 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Do you listen to Bush? I mean the band, not the one who apparently doesn't like black people. Well, if you do, why not try a clone? Oh, but this is the good kind of clone. Like - the Clone Army in Star Wars, or Young Link in Super Smash Brothers Melee. They're that powerful...but not as annoying. Or easy to order around. If you went head to head against Hurt's music, you'd probably limp out bleeding and crying like the pathetic wuss you are. But there is a good side to confronting this wall of power - the pure pleasure of driving down the road and having a track off this album burst in fully armed, rocking to and fro about your chassis. Or headphones. Or home stereo. Whichever, I know a fan of this sort of music (hard rock) will greatly appreciate the awesome potential and ability to create anything they desire within the genre and keep it alive. For Hurt, filler doesn't exist. It is not a word, its merely an anti-goal. One that they overcome professionally. They succesfully combine hard rock, prog and classic (rock) to forge a great piece of music, something you as a rock fan are required to hear. Melody and Harmony come together and sex each other up, and the result is nothing short of Hurt's Volume 1.

The best part about this album is the combination. As stated beforhand, prog is present here. Now when you think of progressive music, bands like Kemic-Al, Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree may come to mind. Hurt is a different sort of the genre - they aren't as experimental as one may expect, but they do it enough and their sounds clearly shift throughout the albums and inside the songs themselves. So its like a bit of toned down prog. Some of it may seem like the usual rock verse chorus verse kinda thing, but thats only describing a couple songs off the record. It really isn't like that in full - progressive fans will most defenitely find something to occupy their CD players in the bathroom with a smut magazine on this one.

HARD F***ING ROCK! Yes, they make that too. Listen to the banging drum beats, guitar flourish and a flawless, perfect vocal display. I'm serious. Songs like "Overdose" and "Rapture" especially give you that feel. The Bush/Tool combo. Yeah, Tool. You can hear hints of them and APC fiddling around with the guitars and lyrical work. The frontman even sounds like Maynard, in a bizarre, STD'd child kind of way. But its defenitely Maynard nonetheless. And thats not bashing on the singing, you know - I fell in love that part of the band. Mind your head about these things when listening, so you don't drivel away at the songs trying to understand them. Just open up and greet the band with open ears. Theres nothing too deep here, try to enjoy it in all its simple but gratifying glory.

Apparently Hurt wanted real feeling music, not too emotional but stuff that makes you want to really listen. Its the hard rock version of Radiohead. Just not as set apart from other bands. Listening is the key to this album. You'll want to not just skim through their songs and pass them off as a generic rock band, because you may hear just that if your hearing this through the radio. One song does absolutely no justice to the band. It'll be great but nothing special enough to replace your Bush collection with. I want you to hear the album open to closing, like an engrossing novel. You don't read much, you say? Well, don't worry. There is no reading involved here. Your not going to want to download these lyrics and hang them above your bed to keep you safe from the natural steroid-fueled unstoppable headlong raw power of Hurt's music. Nothing revolutionary in the written department, a downside but one thats remedied by the actual vocals.

Lets talk about instrumental. If your a fan of interesting and driving guitar work, you'll be an instant cling-on to this album. Nooo, the good kind of cling-on, trust me. You'll be more of a superfan than a tail chaser. It can easily become shallow sounding after a bit, but as soon as you grow tired of the music it should shift to something new, a different aspect of the song. The instruments do a great job in changing and keeping the melodics going strong. The band members are not no talent hacks, but their no Jimmy Page's either. As I've gladly seen a phrase being tossed around here, 'music does not have to be played good to be good.' There are several positives that can be found in hooks and melodies. Since the bass guitar has made itself absent, holding together the thriving colony of guitars are the drums. Like Bush, again, swirling, curving, slamming drums takes care of the necessary bass. No Bonhams or Ulrichs (heh), but its good enough. I'd put it in a pipe and smoke it.

Glad to see this band performing this well as musical virgins. I'm a huge fan of potential, and believe me - if any metal/rock group has any at all these days its Hurt. It'd be a credit to your ears if you check them out.

Damn, Chris! This band f***ing rocks!

QFT.

Credits:

Vocals/Guitars/Violin: J. Loren
Guitars: Paul Spatola
Bass: Josh Ansley
Drums/Piano: Evan Johns



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slack
July 13th 2006



249 Comments


Worst band name ever.

Swank review, though. :thumb:

francesfarmer
July 14th 2006



1477 Comments


Thank you. Did this show up on the front page? I submitted it last night, but I don't think it was approved for the home page. I couldn't find it anywhere.

(disguised bump)

Volunteer
July 18th 2006



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Your review inspired me to check this out. I was actually impressed with this album. It's not amazing, experimental or even original. What I dug is that it's straight forward hard rock. No "poppy" lead singer. No radio-friendly lyrics. No trying to be something their not. Pretty cool.

Oh and I'm with slack... stupid band name. Especially since there already is another band named Hurt.

Two-Headed Boy
July 18th 2006



4527 Comments


or Young Link in Super Smash Brothers Melee.

haha I've been playing the original for the past few days. :cool:

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2006



16081 Comments


oh god I love you because you mentioned Super Smash Bros Melee. Marry me plz?This Message Edited On 07.18.06

francesfarmer
July 18th 2006



1477 Comments


I'll marry your Scyther.

f_u_c_t
July 20th 2006



1406 Comments


I've been overlooking Hurt for quite some time now, mainly because I had no idea what kind of music they played. But now since ive read your "well written" review, you have convinced me to pick this up. And i will do so in the near future.

jimay333
July 20th 2006



433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes its quite unoriginal for a name... but what is? Think of it: Tool

IvortheEngineDriver
July 20th 2006



164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My band actually got to open for them in Little Rock back in May...rythum section was nice, lead singer and guitarist were pretentious pricks. But, I liked the CD...kinda wanted it to be harder, but I really liked Rapture.

Live show wasn't bad, but we upstaged them

Thinkerman
September 21st 2006



22 Comments


The cd's softer then I though'd it be...but I surprising liked it. Their are definitely influenced by Tool.

Inflames
December 5th 2006



635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed

apriL
February 9th 2007



53 Comments


i love Rapture

Inflames
February 9th 2007



635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love overdose

Pluh
February 14th 2007



579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm gonna second April's love and say i too love Rapture... this band is pretty good for what they do, and i dig the vocals a lot. his voice is damn good for the type of music he's apart of. good album, nice review.

duckies
April 15th 2007



143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Brilliant review

I only started listening to them recently but this is a great album! Nice variety of songs.

Inflames
April 24th 2007



635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only thing that turns me off about this band is that none of the members wrote any of the songs....Some guy from LA wrote them and hired the members because they look better then he does....sell more CDs. But good music...by the guy who actually composed them.

Pluh
April 27th 2007



579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Are you sure about that?? because that is honestly the first time i've ever heard that :/

modernxhysteria
April 27th 2007



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For a debut this one is really mature. They don't rock out and scream just for the hell of it. It's still mainstream but it's mainstream with a little bit of edge

skullcrusher149
February 1st 2008



560 Comments


rapture is a sick song, might check this CD out because of it

PayneTiger777
March 23rd 2008



4385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm still not sure if I like Volume I or Volume II better. They are both pretty much even in my view, but thats just me.



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