Monday, May 10, 2010

Heavier Than Heaven Lonelier Than God

Blacklisted as a band are one of the better hardcore bands around nowadays, however this blog is focusing on their greatest album (in my opinion...which is the correct one).
Heavier Than Heaven Lonelier Than God; you don't come across a more depressing title than this very often, and lyrically the album follows this to the core. Revolving around depression and self-loathing, vocalist George Hirsch sheds light onto the darker side of life and doesn't hold back one bit. 

"Peace is just a warm gun away, it's deeper than 'when there's a will there's a way'"

His vocal style takes a lot of influence from old-school hardcore-punk and even resembles a bit of metal at times in the way he screams. Basically his voice couldn't fit this album any more perfectly. In terms of music, I really respect the way the band didn't go by the usual hardcore formula with this album. There's no real stand-out 'mosh' parts and instead the band has really just written the music to fit the mood and push their musical abilities. The drums are chaotic and tasteful whilst the guitars are thrash-like and play very dissonantly with the odd solo here and there. There are a lot of spacious moments where there is nothing but feedback and idle noise playing, which gives the depressing feel of the cd a more creepy and suspenseful edge. 

Overall this is one of my favourite hardcore albums, and probably one of the most emotional albums I've ever heard. If you're a fan of hardcore, definitely get this (although you should already have this, or at least some Blacklisted in your collection). 

"...wish the darkness didn't cloud me, wish I wasn't an emotional wreck"

If you're into more 'moshier' hardcore music, check out their earlier albums.