Hardcore takes many forms today, as artistic evolution has broadened the range of dynamics and facets that a band can implement. Melodic and powerful are the keys to the Somehow Hollow aesthetic. Their 2003 opus, “Busted Wings And Rusted Halos” [Victory Records], sharpens the edges and bludgeons the senses. This is a definitive piece of Pop Hardcore aggression.
Smooth, powerful vocals propel the sound–Mike Casarin's voice hammers through the metallic, melodious maelstrom of Brad Casarin's (GRADE) guitar and massive rhythms. It's an emotional sound, but without losing any of that heavy, powerful forcefulness that makes it great. Somehow Hollow melds these extremes perfectly.
The most killer of these tracks include “Introduction To A Tragic Dream,” “Kamloops,” “A Lesson In Longing,” the angst-driven punch of “How Winter Killed Our Souls,” and “Darkest Day.” Somehow Hollow draws their intensity from the depths of an emotional abyss, a place where sorrow and anger take refuge.
Overall, “Busted Wings And Rusted Halos” is a brilliant, addictive work. And it makes a solid addition to any Punk, or Metal music collection. Somehow Hollow is a band to watch…. Stay savage. Farewell.
Related Bands: Dogwood, Grade, Taking Back Sunday, Reach The Sky, Box Car Racer, Alien Ant Farm, TRUSTcompany, Pressure 4-5, Chavelle, etc.
Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION. Peace.
Bill Vogel III
Email at: StrangeAeons@hatebox.net
Courtesy of Stranger Aeons Magazine.