OUR HOL­LOW, OUR HOME

In Mo­ment // In Mem­ory HOL­LOW MU­SIC

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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

NIK YOUNG

Our Hol­low, Our Home take us on an emo­tional roller­coaster

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