Let Go

Written by: PP on 26/12/2011 02:00:57

Lately we've seen a ton of focus being placed in the burgeoning melodic hardcore scene, which is starting to rival 'the wave' in post-hardcore in its importance and reach within its respective scene. Though The Ghost Inside are almost indisputably the flagship band of the movement, plenty of others are steadily gaining ground as the bands that will be looked in retrospect of being some of the most important and influential bands to the style in the future. Hundredth are one of these bands, having released a critically acclaimed debut album "When Will We Surrender" last year, and now a universally acclaimed sophomore album "Let Go", which draws equally much from the more melodic side of Comeback Kid as it does from The Ghost Inside. Oh, if only Misery Signals knew the monster they created when they released "Mirrors" and "Controller" in 2006 and 2008, respectively.

There are several key aspects that characterize the movement, all of which are also found on "Let Go". One of them is urgency. The urgency of Hundredth and their peers is almost unmatched in today's musical climate. Whether it's their inspirationally charged (new expression to rival emotionally charged, yay!) lyrical themes about overcoming the struggle of life at any cost (without cliché hardcore family/street themes, mind you), staying strong, and moving on with one's life, or the sleek melodies that linger high above the soundscape and pause the hardcore-punk inspired pounding, Hundredth deliver it all with admirable levels of intensity and passion for the music.

Another one of them is the melodic element. In a time when most hardcore seemed to be about who can produce more stomp and karate-friendly breakdowns and beatdowns, a new brethren of bands coming along to produce music that's equally heavy but far more fluid and dynamic in nature feels like a breath of fresh air. Hundredth, among many others, are not afraid of utilizing their influences from post-hardcore by throwing in an uplifting, cleanly sung chorus when necessary, or to slow down the music into ambient sections that are more about the atmosphere and capturing a specific mood than they are about swinging your arms around like a retard. They bring in added contrast to the harsh screaming that otherwise dominates the sound, which, by the way, is yet another noteworthy element: you can actually decipher what the guy is screaming about. The powerful messages become all the more impactful when everyone accustomed to screaming can follow and scream along all lyrics without referring to the lyrics sheet. The oft-undermined ability to do so is a big reason why bands like Hundredth are trending at a time when it feels like the world is going in the wrong direction given the financial woes, wars, and corrupt politicians of the last few years.

Friends, what we are witnessing is the birth of a new trend. Remember the days when emo/post-hardcore begun surging as a direct response to Saosin's wildly influential "Translating The Name" EP? Or when metalcore jumped out of nowhere out into mainstream recognition with seminal records by As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour and Killswitch Engage? That's what's happening with this movement. And equivalent to the start of any new trend is a group of bands all releasing records sharing a similar sound with one thing in common: they are all great, with seemingly no band able to release a bad album. Eventually, saturation will come as they inspire countless youth to start their own bands following a similar sound, but for now, let us enjoy records like "Let Go" by Hundredth, giving them the credit that they deserve.

Download: Weathered Town, Carry On,
For the fans of: Comeback Kid, The Ghost Inside, For The Fallen Dreams, Counterparts, Life In Your Way
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Release date 27.09.2011

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