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Hard Feel­ings

RISE

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

STEPHEN HILL

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