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Count the Hours

Count the Hours: We Don't CareWe Don't Care (2006)
Panic Records

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Through the last few years, the Northwest has really started to develop a signature sound for its hardcore scene. Flagbearers Champion have since disbanded, but in their wake two bands have really broken out of the pack. One of those is the more well-known Sinking Ships, and the other is a band that.
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Through the last few years, the Northwest has really started to develop a signature sound for its hardcore scene. Flagbearers Champion have since disbanded, but in their wake two bands have really broken out of the pack. One of those is the more well-known Sinking Ships, and the other is a band that deserves just as much recognition -- Count the Hours.

Fueled by an overwhelming intensity and sense of power, CTH are able to both fire on all cylinders and harness their power and energy only to release it when the perfect time comes. This accounts for some of the really epic buildups that are found in several of the songs. Anthony Hale's vocals are strained and desperate, but this band could not have it any other way. His inflections add a variety to their hardcore sound that a lot of similar vocalists simply could not offer. It's not groundbreaking, it's not perfect, but more importantly than either -- it fits. The band also understands the concept of contrast, and is able to implement that not only into the vocal styles, but the guitar, bass, and drums as well.

"I Can't Even Understand..." is a scorcher that in only two minutes' time manages to offer several solid chord progressions and speed up / slow down moments that don't even allow for a catching of breath. The fierce distortion cuts, while the vocals pound on the top of it all, and the bass and drums carry the rhythm perfectly underneath.

"Wise" displays the length the band is able to stretch a song out to without losing any steam or having those listening lose interest, as even at four minutes, it's as captivating at the end as it is at the beginning. Relying much more on guitarists Jacob Dahlgren and Sean Millsap, the band as a whole tries their hand at some more complex structures and more reliance on drummer Brandon Herrell and bassist Spencer Pollard. It pays off for them, as the four musicians build the song up slowly while the vocals increase in power and volume, culminating in a storm of emotion and intensity.

This has really been a great year for hardcore, and Count the Hours have done their absolute best to stick out above the pack. With their understandings of old-school punk and rock'n'roll, they were able to bring those elements to their hardcore sounds and create something passionate and engaging all the way through.

 

 
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Scruffy (December 18, 2006)

"Minus" isn't a verb.

Archangel (December 13, 2006)

"Verb the Noun!"

Minus the Bear
(Circle) Takes the Square
Give (Up) the Ghost
Light the Fuse (and Run)
Rage (Against) the Machine
Saves the Day
(Texas) Is the Reason

Cos (December 13, 2006)

Verb the Noun!

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

Posted by istapledmyfoot on 2006-12-12 11:30:13

count the stars were my fav! these guys sound ok too.


haha, i was totally making fun of their name.
these guys sound like shit, so did Count the Stars.
fuck music!

Adam_K (December 12, 2006)

"Iron Lung are the northwest kings, dude"

I'm gonna have to go with Tragedy on that.

My Clipse review should be posted.

pastepunk (December 12, 2006)

I haven't Jordan, worth checking out?//// --- Everything of theirs is long out of print, and I don't believe available digitally (legally at least). Maybe the old New Age discography will see a digital reissue run in the future.

inagreendase (December 12, 2006)

I have this lying around somewhere inside a monstrous pile of promos. I guess I should give it another listen.

Anchors (December 12, 2006)

I haven't Jordan, worth checking out?

istapledmyfoot (December 12, 2006)

count the stars were my fav! these guys sound ok too.

pastepunk (December 12, 2006)

Anchors - not only that, but TRIAL's sound was more influenced by early-to-mid 90s metallic hardcore from California than the kind of sound that's coming out of the Northwest right now. Have you ever heard of STRAIN? They were from Vancouver in the 90s and also had that big ol' chunky metallic hardcore thing going on.

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

This is the same as that Count The Stars band, right?

Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

Iron Lung are the northwest kings, dude.

-Ken

Anchors (December 12, 2006)

And before anyone thinks about jumping down my throat -- yes, I'm aware Trial was from the Northwest. But there's a decent gap from when they and their ilk faded out and bands like Champion started coming in.

Archangel (December 12, 2006)

Ouch, read their Myspace info. Seems like they're struggling to keep the band together.

Archangel (December 12, 2006)

The new best band from Bremerton! Sorry, MXPX.

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