THE COLOR MORALE
Hold On Pain Ends Fearless/ UNFD
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.