Song: Glass: Half-Empty
Band: Hail The Sun
Release: Mental Knife [Out Now]
Date of release: 21/9/2018
Reviewer: Daniel Balcombe
Record Label: Equal Vision Records
For Fans Of: Armour For Sleep, Saosin, Chiodos
"Fuck this anyway.
Do I have to learn to live craving more than I’m given?"
I hadn't come across Hail The Sun before, and it seems like I am coming onto them a bit late in the game. Recently signing with Equal Vision Records and dropping their album 'Mental Knife' I'm at least happy now I know who they are! I think that says more about the music I listen to now, but 18 year old me would have eaten them up in a second of hearing them.
The track opens up with a nice lead lick and from there on it's a non-stop onslaught of Post-Hardcore goodness. The vocals soar, the drums and bass pound throughout and the guitar moves all over the neck. It kicks in right away and the lead licks are awesome, as they run up and down the neck and really give the track a little bit extra than your stock standard 'Post-Hardcore' riffage. The song builds nicely to the almost screamed vocals that kick in when the chorus comes around. The layered vocals work nice as well, especially when there is screaming cutting through in the back ground.
After the first chorus, we come in on a section almost completely silent, with some nice harmonies and lead licks that fade out, exploding back into the chorus. The instrumentation throughout the track is spot on, I especially dug the guitar work, it's constantly changing and keeps your ears listening for the ins and outs they throw at you. The song kicks back into the almost silent section, fades out yet again and then kicks you in the face with the bridge. The stop starting nature of the instruments got my head nodding along until the final scream which fades out.
The production quality is top notch, something you expect from a band being on such a solid label as Equal Vision. The drummer/vocalist has a really good voice. It fits the genre perfectly and when he edges on screaming it really hits home. The guitar work throughout is the standout on the track for me. Maybe it's because I'm a guitarist or maybe it's just because I appreciate solid lead licks, and this track had them by the bucket load.
Overall I dug the track. I probably would have LOVED the track if I was still a 18 year old listening to the likes of Saosin (who have to be a HUGE influence on these guys), Chiodos and other Warped Tour bands, but I still dug it. I think it's the musicianship that made me love it more than I probably should (considering I don't listen to too much Post-Hardcore/Hardcore stuff anymore) and also the lyrics which I connected with from the word go.
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 3/5
Personal enjoyment: 7/10