Hundredth
Free


3.0
good

Review

by Gameofmetal STAFF
June 20th, 2015 | 20 replies


Release Date: 06/16/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Watch me unravel.....

Despite the title, Hundredth’s third LP Free doesn’t feel liberating by any means. There hasn’t been a reinvention of the melodic hardcore sound the band was already so well-versed in, nor does the band seem to have freed themselves from any creative funk they might have had in the past. For the record, their creative output has only improved as their career has progressed, but that’s neither here nor there. What is here and maybe there is the feeling that Free is less free, and more restrained in a somewhat disappointing way.

Make no mistake, this isn’t going to be an eyesore on the young band’s fairly fleshed out discography. Free is, at surface-level, still a fun, bouncy, and energetic round of melodic hardcore tracks. Chadwick Johnson’s raucous roar is as full and commanding as it has been in the past and, as expected, carries a good bit of the record. The instruments don’t sound overly simplistic at any point and they lack for nothing technically speaking. The issue is that nothing manages to reach past being just good. The ten main songs (absenting the minute long intro) mostly fail to reach past a flat three minute track length and as a result blend together. Even had some of them been stretched out a bit, I worry that there would still be a lack of highlights that their last album, Let Go did have (“Remain and Sustain”, “Weathered Town”, “Hurt”). In addition, the album feels rather one-note. All the tracks have roughly the same progression of tones and sounds, being a mixture of crushing hardcore riffs and layered melodic leads. On the one hand, Hundredth did spend two EPs exploring the respective poles of their sound, Resist being the most vulnerable and measured of their output and Revolt representing the band at their most metallic and loud. Free by comparison, forges the two together, but in too bland a fashion.

One thing noticeably missing on Free are the clean vocals that appeared sporadically on Let Go. Never overused, and always appearing at just the right moments, they seemed to light up Hundreth’s best songs in the past. The lack of them here simply leaves a rather linear vocal performance in place. Johnson’s vocals are fantastically executed, but few would call him an extremely varied front man. His mid-range screams are dominant throughout, with the exception of leadoff single “Unravel” where Johnson utilizes a dirty half shouted/half screamed tone in much the same way they would have used clean vocals. Instrumentally, if there is anything truly approaching a highlight it would be “Daze”, which features a catchy earworm of a melody that is unfortunately buried too deeply in the song’s mixing.

While Free is far from anything approaching bad, it’s surely less than what Hundredth is capable of. Any of the band’s last three releases are evidence of that, and it’s a shame that the band couldn’t continue their streak of strong releases with this. Regardless, Free is a spot of good fun for any Hundredth fan and another solid outing from the melodic hardcore genre that doesn’t totally disappoint.



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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Check er out



albums really ok sadly

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 20th 2015


14173 Comments


This band is still going wow

Good review posd

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
June 20th 2015


6681 Comments


(edit: fixed)

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

been awhile since you gave me criticism johnny, as always it hits like a truck



changed everything else except your complaints about me using "somewhat disappointing". are you sure that's a problem? I'm just trying to get across that it's somewhere in the middle ground before full blown disappointment, idk. I guess I am disappointed to an extent, but I want to justify it still being good and not average

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
June 20th 2015


6681 Comments


yeah i just was mostly put off because you use the terms "somewhat" and "kinda" (not really but still) elsewhere in the review, and it's user better to reduce those terms. if it's only kinda disappointing then roll with that

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

aight, thx

TooLateToGoBack
June 20th 2015


1964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Unravel is a really great track.



Shame the rest of the album is "okay". I really wish these guys would make the record they're truly capable of.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
June 20th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

yeah daze and unravel are the only sorta memorable ones

FlyheadMetal
June 21st 2015


2422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

heard this on free stream and its pretty good

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

have you heard their other stuff?

NoSons
June 30th 2015


149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

when you talk about resist vs. revolt in the second paragraph you accidentally state resist twice! Just a crit but great review I agree with what you said.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Sorry I just now noticed but thx for noticing.

Lefondre
July 16th 2015


169 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This has grown on me... Still feel like this band underachieves though.



Nice review.

pepster50
August 8th 2015


417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the singer sounds so much different here than on previous music.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

been a while since i jammed this but i thought he sounded pretty much the same

pepster50
August 8th 2015


417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

maybe im just trippin lol

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2015


10514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

love him as a vocalist tho, best part of this album for sure

KenboSlice
August 15th 2015


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Beggar fucking rules

JeetJeet
September 10th 2015


6202 Comments


JUST TO WATCH MEEEE UNRAAAAVEELLLLLLLLLL

Sheeeeesh. What a chorus.

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Hellscythe
June 16th 2017


3435 Comments


new album's a success.



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