Opening with a lead single containing lyrics as blunt as "If you?d shut up for a second, I could get this off my chest", it's clear that Hoobastank has definitely deviated away from their usual brand of radio-ready post-grunge that is so polished and heartfelt that it's practically contemporary pop rock, and have progressed forward into making a hard-hitting metal album for the first time in their careers. Even though Hoobastank has merely finalized the recipe for modern mainstream angst-driven metal by adopting alternative metal - the other half of the ingredients in the post-grunge/alt metal formula - as a the meat of their sound, this album still isn't what listener's have come to expect from Hoobastank, even if Fight or Flight is the type of release listener's have come to expect from Hoobastank's countless other comrades in the post-grunge scene such as Staind or Three Days Grace. All in all, Fight or Flight has something Hoobstank have never had, and that's a bite to their sound. Hoobastank aren't new to being experimental when left independent, and choosing to ditch their big label may have been the best decision they've ever made, since it lead to this much more raw, heavy, and mature music that substantially improves upon their sound.
I'm a longtime fan of Hoobastank. Been with them since I first heard Crawling in the Dark.rThis is definitely a step in the right direction and a lot better than For(N)ever. That album was pretty forgettable.rThe songs are catchy as hell and little less rock than in previous albums.. which I like.rHad to chime in because I feel people are quick to crap all over Hoobastank just because of the type of band they are. No, they're not Led Zepplin but they never claim to be. rFight or Flight is a great album if you give it a chance.