OUR HOLLOW, OUR HOME
In Moment // In Memory HOLLOW MUSIC
South coast metalcore hopefuls take a heartfelt sonic leap
Hartsick, our Holllow,
Our Home’s debut album, had glimpses of greatness, but the songwriting on the Southampton metalcore crew’s second album shifts them into a whole new realm. There is a fresh sense of confidence as they deliver a broad spectrum of emotion: from heartache and helplessness to frenzied fear and fury. The musical juxtaposition seems more polarised than their peers but as the guitars and vocals pit abrasive chunks of death metal against vulnerable post-hardcore melodies, they make a therapeutic, well-structured whole.
Guitarist and vocalist Tobias Young lost his father after an aggressive battle with cancer in 2017 and In Moment // In Memory is a process of coming to terms with that loss. It’s a brutally honest journey through the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – each introduced with a short, moving interlude that warns of the mood and lyrics to follow. Alongside the feelings they so eloquently convey, their melding of emotional extremes gives rise to a host of sticky anthems. With influences spanning Whitechapel, Funeral For A Friend, Parkway Drive and Underoath, OHOH’s aggression is unquenchable, their choruses mercilessly catchy, and their ultimate destination is pleasingly hopeful. This range is spectacularly showcased in Wraiths, with its duelling heavy and vocals and swirling fretwork, as well as Weight & Carriage, which tugs at every imaginable heartstring. As with their previous EP and album, In Moment… is self-released, but the production doesn’t suffer an inch. The soundscapes are rich, dynamic and powerful. They consider builds with care and songs flow smoothly from one to the next, even if the band do get lured into the temptation of the occasional end-oftrack fade-out. This is a standout album from a British metalcore band well poised to take their place on the global stage.
FOR FANS OF: THE AMITY AFFLICTION, ATREYU, BRING ME HORIZON
Our Hollow, Our Home take us on an emotional rollercoaster