Arizona’s electro-metalcore mavens open up the wrong kind of pit
One minute and three seconds. That’s how long it will take you for your eyes to roll, and to realise that, in a world that needs another slick, super-melodic metalcore album as much as James Corden needs another chat show, what you’re about to be subjected to is going to stick rigidly to the well-worn book of modern metalcore clichés. By that point, the nondescript blips and bloops of opener Wishful Sinking have given way to the stodgiest guitar riff imaginable and a personalityfree melodic vocal… and Blessthefall chose to start their album with that! Unsurprisingly, everything else is just as lumpen. Find Yourself hilariously uses one of those Cher vocoder effects so beloved by all the worst pop bands and Cutthroat attempts heaviness before bottling it and running into the comfort of another wet, melodic chorus. Ultimately, Hard Feelings is so boring it’s barely even worth calling rubbish… but it is rubbish.
FOR FANS OF: ASKING ALEXANDRIA, COLDRAIN, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE