November 12, 2013 Blessthefall – Hollow Bodies (Album Review)
Since 2003, Blessthefall has been making their mark in the music scene with their unique and uplifting sound. The metalcore band from Fearless Records consists of Beau Bokan (clean vocals), Jared Warth (unclean vocals and bass), Elliot Gruenberg (rhythm guitar), Eric Lambert (lead guitar), and Matt Traynor (drums). With inspiration like Underoath, As I Lay Dying, and Silverstein, Blessthefall has created the original music that make this band worth listening to. Their newest release Hollow Bodies came out August 20, 2013, and its success confirms the band’s staple presence in the music industry.
The album starts off with sharp guitar riffs and heavy breakdowns to set the pace for Hollow Bodies. The fast paced sound of “Exodus” is intense and powerful showing off Warth’s potent screams. “You Wear a Crown but You’re No King” is their popular track and the first heard from Hollow Bodies. Its captivating chorus and dynamic lyrics got their fans excited for the rest of this album. This expeditious and heavy tempo continues for two more tracks and slows when listeners reach “Buried in These Walls”. This song is slow and atmospheric with expressive lyrics like, “I found truth in your denial and I’ll suffer for a while”. This song stands out from the rest of the tracks, for it’s major contrast to the commencing rhythm of the album.
“See You on the Outside” is a definite highlight from Hollow Bodies. It’s diverse sound from the rest of the album makes it stand out. It has a fun sound and great hooks to make the perfect track. This track exceeds expectations with its exciting speed and eerie use of piano and orchestra instruments. The song leads right into “Youngbloods” which features Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns. This hateful song is expressed through it’s heavy guitar riffs, powerful vocals, and intimidating lyrics (“We’ll all be dead in the end watch as we rise, here until our time is over”). A similar aggressive sound is carried over into “Standing on the Ashes” with jarring breakdowns and forceful group screams (“I’ll watch her ignite the flame, I’ll watch her burn”). Hollow Bodies ends with “Open Water” featuring lead singer Bokan’s wife, Lights. “Open Water” is a slow paced love song that shows off Light’s and Beau’s compatible voices and their obvious chemistry. This heartfelt track ended Hollow Bodies impeccably.
Overall, Blessthefall’s latest album Hollow Bodies is heavy and fast with perfect touches of memorable moments like the originality of “See You on the Outside” and the romance of “Open Water”. It is easy to pick up on Blessthefall’s growth throughout the years as a band and how they have found their signature style. Metalcore fans should find this new album a necessity to their iPods. Cryptic Rock gives Hollow Bodies 4 out of 5 stars.