Hold On Pain Ends Fear­less/ UNFD

Blunt - - In Review -

A switch from Rise to Fear­less hasn’t al­tered The Color Morale’s sound too dras­ti­cally. The name of the game is still crunchy riffs that have edged one step closer ( yep) to ‘ 90s nu metal, while vo­cal­ist Gar­rett Rapp – who’s al­ways been the cen­tre­piece of the group’s sound – is free to do his thing across a range of clean and sav­agely screamed pas­sages. “Outer Demos” is a sur­pris­ing twist on this largely ex­hausted method of song­writ­ing, with en­sem­ble ven­tur­ing into punked up, dou­ble time ter­ri­tory be­fore break­ing into one hell of a pop cho­rus. The five- piece has an ob­vi­ous knack for in­ject­ing the heav­i­est of their tracks with a healthy smat­ter­ing of in­fec­tious and mem­o­rable mo­ments, but things start to sound a lit­tle tired as the disc ticks into its sec­ond half.

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