House Vs. Hurricane - Crooked Teeth
Guest reporter Tegan says HVH's new album meets the high expectations set by their debut release.
The Melbourne-based boys in House Vs. Hurricane have returned from New Jersey with Crooked Teeth, their second full-length album of angst-ridden tunes.
The complexity and composition of this album is what really makes it stand out from the band's last full-length, Perspectives, which set high expectations from their fans.
The band has met these high expectations, which were definitely redefined by this superb, versatile record, which could definitely be described as the perfect addition to any hardcore fan's collection. Every aspect of Crooked Teeth entices your senses, from the deep, heartfelt lyrics to the hardcore breakdowns, to the versatility of the artwork and the way the songs flow and connect with each other.
For anyone who has seen HVH live before, you'll definitely want to see them play songs from this album because everything about Crooked Teeth draws you in and makes you want more. The unique order that the songs appear in allows for a flawless flow of emotions to spill into listeners' hearts. Crooked Teeth shows that the band really knows how to connect with their listeners' emotions. This is demonstrated by the explicit messages that are embedded into their songs.
Linking with the album's flow are the messages that these songs send. Messages of tremendous power, movement and emotion are what can be found embedded in the riffs and screams of this hardcore outfit's music.
As well as than exposing their fans to a whirlwind of emotions, House Vs. Hurricane have also mastered the power of balance throughout this album. The ratio of cleans to screams throughout is top notch. You can tell that the band has really put a lot of thought into the production aspect of things this time around.
The excellent composition of this record makes it something you'll definitely want to rock out to with your mates or even on your own. A stand out on the album for me was "Head Cold" because I believe that the message it sends is really inspirational, relatable and moving. It's definitely a song that I'd recommend to any of my friends and to all fans of HVH out there.
So, for all fans of hardcore and HVH out there, I urge you to give this album a go. You will not be disappointed.
4 and a half out of 5.
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