Revolt EP

Written by: PP on 18/04/2013 23:14:53

"Let Go" was a fantastic album that capitalized fully on the rising stock of melodic hardcore as a genre. It was the right album released at the right time, with lofty, lingering melodies laid on top of humongous scream-along choruses, optimistic lyricism, and excellent, charismatic vocals just when melodic hardcore was trending big time two years ago. Fast-forward to 2013 and we've heard more The Ghost Inside / Hundredth clones than we care to count, which is perhaps part of the reason why they sound so different on their new EP "Revolt".

Gone are the atmospheric build ups, the sky-high melodies that lead into echoing explosions of screaming and catchphrases, now replaced by a much more immediate and more fierce stance. It's feels as if Hundredth have embraced traditional hardcore a little bit more than one would've hoped for, with opener "Ruin" and following track "Savages" drawing from the playbook of many an intense, basement style hardcore band rather than building off the innovative and fresh melodies of "Let Go". Luckily "Free Mind / Open Spirit" boasts a very melodic, technical lead riff that highlights it as the best track on the EP, and admittedly "Barren" returns to Misery Signals-style quiet/loud dynamic to an extent, but what's missing is the contrast between lead vocalist Chadwick Johnson's harsh, decipherable scream and the clean vocal delivery of Alex Blackwell IV, who is no longer in the band. He happened to also be the lead guitarist in the band, which helps explain why many melodies on "Revolt" are less powerful than those found on "Let Go".

Without this contrast, Hundredth unfortunately regress from being one of the best melodic hardcore bands to being a part of the grey mass that's currently going around replicating their and The Ghost Inside's success. While still melodic, the traditional hardcore oriented stance is neither preferred nor suitable for a band like Hundredth, who really need a counterpart against Johnson's vocals to highlight them properly. Decent, but disappointing.

Download: Savages, Free Mind / Open Spirit
For the fans of: Comeback Kid, The Ghost Inside, Stick To Your Guns, Counterparts
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Release date 19.03.2013

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