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Record Review: Hundredth – ‘Free’

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American hardcore is more popular than ever.  While it may be long past the glory days of Black Flag and Minor Threat, contemporary bands like Terror, Defeater and Capsize are still dominating the underground world with their hard hitting riffs and bellowing lyrics.  The latest group to leave their message on the hearts of their fans is Hundredth, whose latest full length, Free, is guaranteed to become a staple of the modern hardcore sound.

From the more traditional vibe of “Isolation” featuring Vogel-esque vocals and a Flash Point worthy drumming speed to the simplistic lyrical metaphors (“You were pulling me/Just to watch me unravel”) featured in “Unravel,” Free encompasses a range of sophistication throughout the entire record.

There’s a strong sense of intention rooted in all of the lyrics vocalized on Free. Lines like “He is the needle/I am the damage done” on “Burdens” and “I won’t allow/I don’t need validation to define me/I justify manipulation” in “See Beyond” prove that attention to detail and a verbose nature really can be successfully utilized in music today without feeling overworked or cluttered.

Free is not only a great record for its witty use of words, but also for its intense melodies and riffs. Banking on tempos to create an emotional ambiance, Hundredth is able to capture feelings of frustration (“Reach”), anger (“Break Free”), and even notions of inner and outer criticism with tracks like “Beggar.” Hundredth continuously places focus on the contradictions of slowed down riffs over deep, sped up vocals, making the intensities effortlessly meld with the various emotions lyrically put forth.

Hundredth created a very complex album in just 11 tracks and they did so by maintaining the basic elements of modern day hardcore but embellishing them in new ways to convey more concise, contemporary ideas.  This kind of thinking and musical foresight is most likely why the group landed themselves a spot on the 2015 Vans Warped Tour and are still able to uphold a truly intimate club vibe while dominating a world famous outdoor music festival.  And hopefully, all of the records to come from Hundredth in the near future are able to do the same.

Five Star Rating

10 Things You Do Pre-Show

If you’re a regular show-goer, you know all of these apply to you. Don’t deny it. Just embrace it. LET’S GOOOOOO!!

1. You and your friends find out your fave band is going on tour and coming to your city.

2. You bought your tickets. OMG.

3. The show is tonight and you may or may not be freaking out. 

4. Time to get fresh as fuck.

5. Throw on that leather jacket.

6. Put that eyeliner on.

7. Where did I put my ticket again?

8. Even after years of going to shows, you still don’t know where to put your wallet so it won’t fall out. 

 9. But you know exactly where to put your keys. 

10. You down that Red Bull or Monster Energy Drink like it’s your job. 

And when you finally get to the venue, your body is ready. Let’s do this.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what YOU do pre-show! 

Music Video Of The Week: Terror “Live By The Code”

terror live by the code

If you want to know what a hardcore show can be like, look no further than Terror’s “Live By The Code.” The iconic band have been a staple of the hardcore scene for over a decade and this video can give you a glimpse as to why that is. Between the simple chords and the half-barked vocals are the people that make up a community. To the unfamiliar eye, it may seem like they’re all abusing each other, but really a show like this one stands for the very ethos of the genre. It’s aggressive, sure, but it’s also a home. The lyrics themselves are a kind of ode to that belief: “Desperation,the broken, we found honor/ Live by the code, the music and our culture/ Live by the code, the roots and the ethics they have taught us.” It’s what hardcore was founded on way back when, and it still looks like a hell of a lot of fun to me.