They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but what about the first page? I always try my best to give everything a fair chance, but as the glitchy guitar distortion fades in and a group of guys yell “Watching your empire fall,” it’s pretty hard not to cringe. So if you’re in the habit of judging things quickly, trust me when I say that it doesn’t get much better. “You Wear a Crown, But You’re No King” is the first single from Blessthefall’s upcoming album Hollow Bodies – a release that I’m suddenly not looking forward to anymore.
This song is cliché from front to back; the lyrics, the chugfest verses, the catchy pop chorus (which was repeated a few too many times), and the egotistical title were all begging me to just shut off my computer. Probably the most notable portion of brilliant lyricism comes from the pre-chorus: “Will it ever cross your mind?/I’m the man you’ll never be/Think about me when you’re all alone/Without someone to love.” Ah, yet another band casting someone away to suffer in silence. I bet this song really hurt their feelings.
The band definitely changed up a few things this time around – some for the better, some for the worse. Either way, it’s nice to hear variation after two albums that sounded exactly the same in nearly every way. Beau Bokan’s voice sure sounds much different in this new material, and assuming that he passed puberty a long time ago, I’m going to guess that this is the result of switching up producers (the band decided to go with Joey Sturgis for this record – big surprise, right?). While I’m on that topic, I must admit that the production quality is top-notch. However, if the quality is great and the songwriting isn’t, it’s basically the same as putting whipped cream and sprinkles on a pile of dog crap. Sorry for putting that image in your head. Thankfully, Jared Warth’s screams offer a refreshing change from previous material. They don’t vary much in range, but they are undoubtedly more raw and genuine. Aside from that ray of light, this song is nothing more than an embarrassing mistake.
I dearly hope that this first peek into Hollow Bodies isn’t a good representation of what’s to come. It’s about time that one of these big post-hardcore names makes a good impression on the scene, but sadly it doesn’t look like Blessthefall will be the one. From what I can tell, they’re still stuck in 2008.