Stick To Your Guns
Comes From The Heart
posted on 5/2008 By:
I feel dumber for having heard this dunderheaded bullshit—it’s filled to the brim with tough guy machismo, alternating death-growl verses and clean-vocal choruses, clichéd self-empowerment, palm-muted breakdown after breakdown... Not a damn thing special; not a damn thing remotely original; not a damn thing worth listening to.
How many of these interchangeable sometimes-melodic ‘core albums does the world really need? This one’s Hatebreed meets Taking Back Sunday, hardcore riffing with the occasional embarrassing moment of soaring majesty, all combined with bonehead Jamey Jasta / Phil Anselmo posturing about being stronger than strong, badder than bad, never backing down. You've heard it before, twenty-five times, from Throwdown down, and it hasn't been particularly interesting for years now. Jumping from an indie to Century Media with this one, Stick To Your Guns certainly wins the 2008 Late To The Party award, but more than that, they’re also a front-runner for the coveted We Wouldn’t Have Really Been That Awesome Even If We Weren’t Hopelessly Outdated prize. These guys take Fuse crap metal and mix it with M2 emo-punk, taking the worst parts of each and melding them into one giant blob of awful. On one hand, it’s groove-metal gone wrong, and on the other, it’s the metallized equivalent of those lame inspirational posters you see in shitty office cubicles—the ones that show a picture of an eagle and say something like, “TENACITY: IT MEANS NEVER GIVING IN.” Either way, none of you want to hear it, I assure you, especially not if you’re remotely intelligent, over the age of sixteen and/or don’t regularly shop at Hot Topic.
I’ll admit that, some years back, I went through a little phase where I listened to Hatebreed and Throwdown from time to time. The combination of their “don’t give up; just keep trying” lyrics and the driving groove were well-suited as accompaniment to my sporadic and lackluster attempts at working out. But they clearly weren’t enough because I gave up and quit trying, and when I did, I outgrew the chunky rhythms and the mosh beats and the gang vocals. I like hardcore, and I like metal, and I even like some metalcore (although not a lot, and not this type), but Stick To Your Guns is third-rate even in their rare acceptable moments as well as hackneyed and dull.
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