Hinder
Extreme Behavior


5.0
classic

Review

by AlexMichels USER (3 Reviews)
November 8th, 2019 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of rocks most important albums

Hinder is not to be perceived as a band, but rather a group of five of the industry's most talented musicians. Hailing from the state of Oklahoma, Hinder have released some of the greatest albums rock has seen in a very long time. The negative reception they have garnered since their inception is highly undeserved, as Hinder is a band (sorry, five of the most talented men in the game) that has been experimenting and pushing the boundaries from the beginning. What many naysayers don’t understand is that "Extreme Behavior" is an album that would pave the way for much of what would come later.

Right off the bat, we have Hinder pushing the envelope with all songs beginning at 0:00, a fresh and innovative method of songwriting. Along with that, the album is kept to ten tracks, which is a bold statement against music critics. They could have risked oversaturation with an inflated tracklist to please rock elitists, but keeping it to ten songs leaves the listener wanting more. On the note of musical talent, Joe Garvey and Cody Hanson both provide excellent guitar work, creating a series of iconic guitar riffs on songs like "Nothing Good About Goodbye" and "Shoulda". In addition to memorable licks, the guitar solos could fill Dimebag Darrell with shame for not living up to the standard that Joe Garvey would set on this record. Songs like "Get Stoned" and "Bliss (I Don’t Wanna Know)" feature guitar solos that easily top those of songs like "Floods"

Austin Winkler’s vocal abilities soar on this record, but his songwriting steals the show, as he is capable of reaching out to listeners and pulling them into his world. His decision to write both heavy hitters and slow songs is a risky move, but it pays off. The fact that "Room 21" and "How Long" are on the same album is remarkable. It shows the bands dedication to breaking new ground, and they succeed. Along with lyrical innovation, the way the track placement was executed was smart. The decision to not have all the heavy tracks play first then the slower songs play after may sound wack, but Hinder defies music critics’ expectations once again by making it work.

A highlight of the album is "Better Than Me", a beautifully crafted story about a relationship that has gone south. Austin showcases his authorship skills on this song, as these lyrics could be found in award winning novels like "The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton. The lyrics bleed emotion, and Austin continues to suck the listener into the song with a heartfelt chorus:

I really miss your hair in my face
And the way your innocence tastes
And I think you should know this
You deserve much better than me

It is that chorus alone that solidifies Hinder’s status among the rock community as one of the all time greats. Extreme Behavior is a highly influential album, and would go on to inspire more classic albums such as 15, Dark Horse, and The Truth Is…. Rock elitists are bound to criticize an album that they feel doesn’t hold a torch to their less talented peers like Tool. However, the more sophisticated music goers will find this album to be one of the genres most important works of our time.


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AlexMichels
November 8th 2019


43 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The italics system is being a b itch, so I had to use quotes.

As always, constructive criticism is appreciated.

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BookoftheFallen
November 8th 2019


218 Comments


Hinder is way better than Pink Floyd.

zaruyache
November 8th 2019


21565 Comments


Absolut BEHEMOTHs of rock music.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2019


26187 Comments


not bad for a troll rev tbh

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WeepinnWillow
November 8th 2019


840 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

zouz review was better

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JoeTex
November 8th 2019


994 Comments


so hot, want to touch the hinder

AlexMichels
November 8th 2019


43 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you can't deny that these guys were much more influential than metallica, pantera, and led zeppelin

AlexMichels
November 8th 2019


43 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@TheSpirit what the hell are you talking about? you wouldn't put this up there with the likes of the wall by pink floyd?

Pikazilla
November 8th 2019


6277 Comments


You can put many thing above the wall considering how terrible it is by the band's standards

AlexMichels
November 8th 2019


43 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@WeepinnWillow yeah his review is pretty hard to top

Rowhaus
November 8th 2019


2792 Comments


these guys in tandem with Buckcherry changed the game completely

Source
November 8th 2019


14267 Comments


very impactful album. it's still getting reviewed after all these years

zaruyache
November 8th 2019


21565 Comments


tbf i find Floyd kinda boring so i wouldn't be too resistant to the idea of enjoying this band more.

JoeTex
November 8th 2019


994 Comments


"His decision to write both heavy hitters and slow songs is a risky move, but it pays off"

and then some

Archelirion
November 8th 2019


5901 Comments


'these guys in tandem with Buckcherry changed the game completely'

I just found out that Hinder toured with Buckcherry AND Papa Roach in 2007. I'd absolutely kill to go to one of those shows. It'd be like Woodstock but better cos Jimi Hendrix was a hack.

HoopyFrood
November 9th 2019


81 Comments


this is the review this album deserves.

joshieboy
November 9th 2019


7069 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

''Right off the bat, we have Hinder pushing the envelope with all songs beginning at 0:00, a fresh and innovative method of songwriting''



lol

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haesslichermensch
November 9th 2019


14 Comments


I really can deny that statement "you can't deny that these guys were much more influential than metallica, pantera, and led zeppelin"
I have to think that this review is a piece of satire.

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JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2019


17193 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Ok now

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AlexMichels
November 10th 2019


43 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@haesslichermensch rude to assume



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