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Hostage Calm: LensLens (2008)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: OverDefinedOverDefined
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Like many genres, hardcore’s biggest strengths are often its biggest downfalls. While its goal is often to be as heavy and punishing as possible, hardcore bands often ignore melody when, in fact, touches of it are what turn an average hardcore band into a great hardcore band. Whether it is in the guitars or the vocals, it is this lack of melody that turns off many would-be listeners. Luckily for listeners that demand melody in their punk rock and hardcore there are bands like Connecticut’s Hostage Calm. Mixing a hardcore foundation with touches of smart melodic tendencies, they have created an accomplished debut LP.
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