With Hundredth’s debut release When Will We Surrender, I didn’t really think too much of them. It seemed that they were simply following the footpath that other metalcore bands have set and didn’t branch out of the cookie cutter trend. Well, on their latest album Let Go, they haven’t really changed that approach; nonetheless, they have stepped up their game a little bit, so it’s not a complete loss.
Their style of metalcore sounds like a slightly less heavy version of Killswitch Engage, pre-The End Of Heartache. The all-out metal onslaught in the beginning of “Weathered Town” has a little punk influence with prominent bass guitar, and the singing vocals sound a lot like the clean vocals of KE. It keeps the same sort of song structure all the way through. Then it kind of starts lacking diversity with the next song “Live Today,” which has lyrics that are way too similar to “Weathered Town.”
“Weathered Town”: I’ve gotta get out of here, but the memories I will take with me / Everywhere I go, to everyone I know, these memories will stay with me.
“Live Today”: I’m gonna live today, live to make a change / There comes a time in every life when it’s time to move on.”
The song “Live Today” is also structured a lot like “Weathered Town,” though at a slower pace. The beginning is bass-heavy, super fast playing that is akin to punk rock, then transitions into metalcore verses and chorus. The verse and chorus are a lot slower and heavier than the last song, but for the most part you will hear similar structure.
The screaming vocals are a little monotonous and start getting on the nerves fast. Of course, when I first started getting into metalcore, this sort of music would have grabbed and held my attention. But after years of listening to thousands of –core albums, stuff will start blending in together. “Live Today” and “We Can Take Them All” sound EXACTLY the same, and I cannot emphasize that enough. Very lazy songwriting was done here.
After hearing this, I noticed that there are literally no standout tracks in the entire album. They either go with slightly slower metalcore riffs and drums, or fast, generic-sounding metalcore.
Yeah, so you can pretty easily get what this album is all about. It starts out as moving on and forgetting the past, to depression (“We Can Take Them All”), to a call to arms to stand up for what is right (“Humane”), and finally to repairing yourself after the ruins of what is left behind (“Restless”). Lyrically, it’s superior to the last album. Musically, it is better, but not by much. It still sounds like… metalcore, a very hard genre for bands to bring in other influences to make them stand out among other similar bands. A bonus track they include is a cover of Johnny Cash’s legendary cover of Nine Inch Nails’ song “Hurt.”