Poison the Well
Tracklist01. The Great Forgetting
02. On The Bounty Of The Gods
03. Unfamiliar Cage
04. There Will Come Soft Rains
05. On The Precipice
06. The Great Remembering
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Lately I've been reviewing a lot of melodic hardcore: Redeemer and With Increase, to name a couple. While both these bands relied more heavily on the "melodic" side, Hollow Earth is much more aggressive, beating their way into your head with every chance they get. When we hear the term "hardcore" in 2012, we think of the re-emergence of "hardstyle" bands, who dabble with some hardcore, metal, and rap elements, or we think of breakdowns and two-stepping thrown aimlessly into songs because bands can't think of anything better to do. Basically, hardcore the last couple of years has been based on hype, new "flavors of the week," and idiotic rants of how "hardcore lives." No shit, that’s why you have almost every hardcore festival selling out year after year.
Hollow Earth doesn't give a fuck about what's going to make them cool in the hardcore scene. Sure, they do throw in huge breakdowns here and there, such as the ending of "On the Precipice" (which is just intense as all hell), but it's not without purpose. I feel like they'd rather beat their fans during these parts over watching the crowds go crazy for them, just to show how much they truly do not care about the opinions laid on them. Another thing hardcore bands lack is having anything intelligent to say. Almost every frontman in a hardcore band says they're standing for something, but after a while you start to think it's just a face to put on, but this is definitely not the case with Hollow Earth. Their lyrics have much more meaning than most other hardcore acts bullshit these days. With a pessimistic view on the world, Steve Muczynski screams out, "There will come soft rains and not one will know of the war, not one... And Spring herself when she woke at dawn would scarcely know that we were gone," on the fourth track. Damn.
If you're looking for a sound you haven't heard in a few years, Hollow Earth may be your new favorite band. Keep your eyes on them, because when they release a full-length, they're going to look back and say to Shai Hulud with a smug smile, "Remember the year we spent touring with you? Look where we are now."