"The Crux" (Carved Records; 2012)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Fans of Shinedown will like Hurt. These guys have been around for a while and, unfortunately for me, I'm just now finding out about them. Actually, it's good for me; now I can research their back catalog and enter a new band into my music library.

Hurt have an alternative rock sound and they produce a tough bite on a few songs. The vocals are smooth yet powerful when they need to be. If you are looking for a good rock record to tell you a story I suggest snagging "The Crux." It's the band's sixth disc but that doesn't mean they have mellowed in the least.

The guitar is the central part of the band. It's heavy, melodic and punches with all six strings at the gut of rock. The vocals, on the rock tracks, harmonize with the guitar to create a unique sound. They have an alt-rock and post-grunge sound on a few other songs and that gives them more tools in the shed to use instead of sticking with the familiar one, the axe. This disc has eleven tracks and each one stands on its own. A few, such as "Caught In The Rain" and "Cuffed," stand above the rest. This disc is different in the fact that it starts to get heavier toward the end, a backwards trend with most rock records.

Hurt: J. Loren Wince - lead vocals, guitar, violin, Michael Roberts - guitar, backing vocals, Rek Mohr bass, Victor Ribas - drums, percussion, backing vocals.

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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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