Hollow Bodies



by NarlusKing123 USER (2 Reviews)
August 24th, 2013 | 15 replies

Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A new, fun album from a pretty good band.

Every now and then there is a band that you absolutely hate. Just seeing this band made you angry. For me, blessthefall was this band. Every time I saw a picture of them it pissed me off. Their last album, Awakening, was crap. The only songs I could even remotely enjoy were the first three. But their new album, Hollow Bodies, is surprisingly enjoyable.

Let's talk about a big part of the band blessthefall, Jared Warth. I personally love his screaming. I think if blessthefall didn't have cleans this album would be at least a 4.5. But sadly, that isn't the case. As in other albums, Jared screams his lyrics with so much strength and power you are almost knocked out of your chair. He is at the top of his game here in Hollow Bodies, and it shows in every line.

Now let's talk about Mr. Pretty Boy, Beau Bokan. Probably my least favorite person in blessthefall, he seems to just go along with the band. No doubting he has a nice voice, no matter how monotone it is. But on Awakening, his vocals felt unneeded, as though they were only there to make some teens happy. But now, he seems to show that he is a force to be reckoned with. Whenever he sings the chorus, you can actually feel something. Whether it be sadness, depression, or hate, Beau sings with passion.

The guitar playing is the same, but with less solos and more breakdowns. Honestly, I think it's fine. People complain that breakdowns are cliche, but breakdowns are fun. They are they so you can head-bang and mosh for the hell of it. Or at least, that's my opinion. Now, the bass. People state that it is inaudible. Are they deaf? The bass is most definitely there. You can clearly hear it in the verses, though it seems to go away in the choruses for some particular reason. Even though the bass just follows the guitars on breakdowns, it's still fun to it on any album, especially this one.

Now the songs are written well. The overall outcome of the album is nice. Most songs have the same structure though. Opening breakdown, Jared, Beau, Jared, Beau, breakdown, more Beau. On this album nothings wrong with that. There are even a couple songs where just Beau is singing, which gives you a break from Jared's screaming which can get annoying if you listen for too long. They even have guest vocals from Jake Luhrs on the track “Carry on.” That completely blew my mind. It was a complete “Did that really happen?” moment.

Overall, Hollow Bodies is a fun, enjoyable album that I will definitely be listening to for a while. If you have a chance, pick up the album or stream it and see if it’s for you.

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August 24th 2013


Sorry if the first line sounds weird. Finger slipped while writing and didn't notice. Suggestions for other reviews would be nice too! Thank you!

August 24th 2013


You contradict yourself in the summary and the paragraph. In the summary you say that it's a pretty good band but in the first paragraph you say that you hate the band besides this album. That doesn't really make sense to me.

"People complain that breakdowns are cliche, but breakdowns are fun."

Hating on breakdowns isn't cliché at all. 99% of them just suck ass.

Decent first review though.

August 24th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

"There last album..."


Pos'd, but any review about blessthefall that has a positive score it seems will get instant negs.

August 24th 2013


A new fun album from a pretty good band.

August 24th 2013


anyway, review reads quite choppily and there are several errors throughout. you have some descriptions, but they're quite brief and you don't mention any examples. the review is also very personalized (by that i mean you talk about yourself several times in it) which can work well, but in this review it doesn't. it's not a terrible review, but it needs some work.

in the future:

go into more detail about aspects of the music. you mentioned that the bass follows the guitar for the most part, which is fine, but for everything else you kinda just skim over them and move on.

talk about specific songs, what you liked about them, what you didn't, etc (without saying "i like" or something similar) and then about the album as a whole, sort of like you did in the last descriptive paragraph.

stuff like the opening paragraph is more or less irrelevant. talking about previous albums by the group is a good intro, but be more specific. however, the "i hated them" spiel is unnecessary. also, you don't need to say "i enjoyed this album" we can tell that from your score.

i don't mean to make it seem like i'm tearing apart the review, because it's not that bad, but you seem like you could get better with time. read some contributor/staff reviews, get a sense of what they do and mimic some of their writing styles and see how it goes. eventually you will come into your own.

August 24th 2013



August 24th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

They managed to make a worse album cover than MMF Challenger.

Album itself is pretty eh. The harsh vocals are still good, and it is catchy, but my god does Beau bring the whole thing down. I was never a big fan of his, but he's got progressively worse with his singing - like on the track "Open Water" which isn't bad because Lights lends a hand, but his vocals are nasally, strained, and just awful.

August 24th 2013


pretty mehh.... kinda neet hearing Jake Luhrs tho

August 24th 2013


Album Rating: 1.5

OK stop reviewing this now

August 24th 2013


Thanks for the suggestion guys!

August 25th 2013


I remember i liked their first album but I just do not have the patience to give this one a chance, just checked out their single and it was terrible. blahh...

August 25th 2013


Album Rating: 2.0

I think this album is good, but you really gotta work on your reviewing. Very painful to read.

August 25th 2013


Album Rating: 2.0

Listen to ILJ, he knows what he's talking about. He's given me a few pointers here and there.

August 25th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5


August 25th 2013


Can you think of a different adjective than "fun"?


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