"Hollow Bodies" (Fearless; 2013)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Blessthefall are Metalcore so right off the bat you're going to get harsh vocals overlapped with clean vocals. This is the fourth studio disc from these guys and this disc will be my first foray into their sound so I'll come at it with an unbiased angle. I've often found myself listening to Metalcore for the music because -- although the harsh vocals are part of the package -- I sometimes just want a clean vocal song. The balance between the two styles is pretty even so I'm liking Blessthefall with each track that plays. BTW, Blessthefall is spelled with no spaces in between even though these guys can stomp a big hole and loosen the letters. It's spelled that way for a reason.

Blessthefall are also a Christian band so they can also be billed as Christian Hardcore. Their songs are about how this world can swallow you up if you let it, but there is a better way. They also talk about dedication to something beyond what you can see and touch. Most of the themes on "Hollow Bodies" are about how life is hard and storms will come but know that it will be all right in the end.

The music is full of blast beats and wicked sounding guitar. This being their fourth disc, they should be recognized as leaders and a step forward in their genre. Each song has a cool intro that builds into a massive volcano of sound. The drums are machine guns and the bass can be heard reverberating a lot. The guitar has plenty of riffs but not a lot of solos. It's still got a great sound and each instrument works the whole sound together.

Since each song has a cool intro it also allows Blessthefall to do some experimenting with other instruments. You can hear some synth, some piano and other unusual noises. After giving "Hollow Bodies" a few spins I think I'll check out their whole discography.

Blessthefall: Beau Bokan - lead vocals; Eric Lambert - guitar, vocals; Jared Warth - bass, vocals; Matt Traynor - drums; Elliott Gruenberg - guitar.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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