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Album Review: Hundredth – “Rare”

Nothing strikes fear into a fan’s heart more than an announcement that a band has decided to rip apart their sound and start again. Sure, we expect a band to grow, to develop and to experiment but all within the relative confines of their signature style. However, when a band decides to recast themselves altogether, results can be mixed to say the least. Not only are the band challenging themselves, but they also have to brace themselves for the inevitable backlash from their fans. Some people will never forgive AFI for changing from the punk roots of “Answer That And Stay Fashionable” or the way Yellowcard went in a more pop-punk direction on the “Still Standing” EP. Even more popular bands that just about fall under the punk remit like Fall Out Boy and Paramore are, now, totally unrecognizable to the bands they started out as, which has been ‘divisive’ to say the least. Therefore, it is not without some degree of trepidation to learn that Hundredth have embarked on a whole new direction on their fourth record “Rare”.

Understandably, the band felt they had taken their hardcore sound as far as they could after 2015’s “Free”. Rather than split up, the band sought to metamorphosis into something different altogether. “Rare” sees the band totally dismantle their hardcore sound, leaving only the faintest of residue behind. The result is a dark, shoegaze album replete with sheets of distorted guitars and echoing, often ghostly, vocals. It is an admirable attempt at transformation and one that is, on the whole, pulled off with aplomb.

This is not a toe dipped tentatively in the water either. Hundreth have climbed to the top diving board and hurled themselves wholeheartedly into their new sound. Nothing contrived or fake here. From the The Cure-esque bassline and the layers of distorted guitar on opening song “Vertigo”, it’s clear that the band have buried any remnants of the band they were. It’s still a hard-edged, heavy track but the way the band have adopted a dark, brooding tone creates a far darker, almost oppressive soundscape. The creeping, echoing vocals from frontman Chadwick Johnson add to the air of claustrophobia giving the whole thing it’s own definite, downbeat character. As on the majority of the album they float rather than howl, dripping with ominous menace.  This is something that continues throughout the album. “Neurotic” adds bruising drums and a heavier break-down but it’s hardcore seen through the prism of 80s post punk and 90s shoegaze rather than approaching anything as crushing as heard on previous albums. “White Squall” again wears it’s 80s goth influences on it’s sleeve, starting out as a mid-tempo rocker before soon giving way to a resounding, panoramic chorus.

Thankfully, the band still know how to write urgent, insistent, heavy songs with “Hole” and “Disarray” providing a bit more bone and muscle. “Disarray” in particular hits hard with the band whipping up a discordant wall of noise as Johnson’s haunting voice echoes the line “control is a delusion/the walls are gonna cave”. At other points on the album, the band lock into a more shoegazzy groove with songs such as “Grey” and “Shy Vein” mirroring Catherine Wheel’s ability to sound aggressive over woozy, shimmery shoegaze guitars. The mid-tempo songs give the album real depth and substance. Initially, they might lack presence but on repeat listens their buzzing volatility becomes ever more exhilarating.

Hundredth’s new direction isn’t going to be for everyone. This, their fourth album, could be by a different band entirely, however, the laudable focus, commitment and sheer guts on show has seen them craft a mesmerizing, darkly beautiful album. There are obvious similarities to bands like Turnover and Nothing but if anything Hundredth’s take on shoegaze is darker, more unsettling, more nightmarish. A challenging album from a band not afraid to challenge themselves.

4/5 Stars



Hundredth premiere video for “Hole”

Hundredth have a video for their new song “Hole,” and they’re taking their sound in a new direction.

Check out the video below, and then head over to CLRVYNT to read an interview with singer Chadwick Johnson about how the new record came to be.

Their upcoming album, “Rare,” is due out June 16th on Hopeless Records.



Hundredth stream new track “Hole”

South Carolina’s Hundredth have premiered another song from their upcoming album Rare. The track is titled “Hole”, and you can give it a listen below.

Rare is set to release on June 16 through Hopeless Records. Rare follows Hundredth’s last album, Free, which was released in 2015.



Hundredth stream another new track, “Suffer”

Hundredth are streaming another song from their upcoming album  “Rare”. Following the premiere of “Youth” earlier this month, the band are streaming “Suffer”. The album is out on June 16th via Hopeless Records.

You can listen to the track below.



Hundredth premiere new song “Youth”

South Carolina’s Hundredth have premiered another song from their upcoming album Rare. The track’s called “Youth”, and you can give it a listen below.

Rare is set to release on June 16 through Hopeless Records. It follows 2015’s Free.



Hundredth stream new song “Neurotic” from upcoming album “Rare”

South Carolina hardcore band Hundredth are streaming a new track titled “Neurotic.” You can listen to it below.

“Neurotic” is taken from the band’s upcoming album “Rare,” which is set to release on June 16 via Hopeless Records. Hundredth’s last release was a 2 track single titled “Dead Weight,” released last September. You can find the tracklist for “Rare” below the stream.



Hundredth stream two new songs, “Dead Weight” and “Victim”

South Carolina hardcore band Hundredth are streaming two new songs for you as part of a newly released single bundled called, Dead Weight. The two songs, “Dead Weight” and “Victim” are currently available for streaming here and can be purchased here. This is the band’s first new material since 2015’s Free, and are songs that fans will most likely hear live on their upcoming tour. You can check out the full list of dates and locations for that below.

Free was released last June on Hopeless Records.

 

 

 



Music Video: Hundredth – “Break Free”

South Carolina hardcore act Hundredth have premiered a music video for their song “Break Free”. You can watch the video below.

“Break Free” is taken from Hundredth’s latest album Free, which was released last June on Hopeless Records.



Dead Neck announces South American tour with Hundredth and Ignite

UK melodic hardcore act Dead Neck have announced a South American tour with hardcore act Hundredth and Ignite.

You can check out the dates below.

Dead Neck released their self-titled EP last year.



Hundredth stream new album “Free”

South Carolina hardcore act Hundredth have made their new album Free available to stream in its entirety. Head over here to give the record a listen.

Free is set to be released on June 16th through Hopeless Records. It will be the band’s first full-length release with the label, serving as a follow-up to their 2014 EP Resist.



Hundredth release music video for new song “Inside Out”

South Carolina hardcore act Hundredth have released a music video for a new song titled “Inside Out,” which will be appearing on their upcoming album Free. You can check it out below.

Free is set to be released in June through Hopeless Records. It will be the band’s first full-length release with the label, serving as a follow-up to their 2014 EP Resist.



Hundredth premiere music video for new song “Unravel” off upcoming album “Free”

South Carolina hardcore act Hundredth have released a music video for a new song titled “Unravel” off their upcoming album “Free” and you can check it out below.

Free is set to be released in June through Hopeless Records. It will be the band’s first full-length release with the label, serving as a follow-up to their 2014 EP Resist on Mediaskare Records.



Hundredth release teaser video for upcoming album “Free”

South Carolina hardcore act Hundredth have released a teaser video for their upcoming album, which we now know will be titled Free. You can check out the minute-long teaser down below.

Free is set to be released in June through Hopeless Records. It will be the band’s first full-length release with the label, serving as a follow-up to their 2014 EP Resist on Mediaskare Records.



Hit The Deck festival adds more bands to the 2015 lineup

The UK Hit The Deck Festival has added 11 more bands to its 2015 lineup. The latest additions include The Xcerts, Hundredth, Brawlers, and more. The festival previously announced Skindred, While She Sleeps, and Cancer Bats as headliners.

Hit The Deck is a two-day festival that takes places at multiple venues in Bristol and Nottingham, UK at the end of April.

For more information and ticket info, you can check out the festival website.



Hundredth’s new album is mixed and mastered

South Carolina hardcore band Hundredth announced on their Facebook page that their upcoming album has been mixed and mastered. As expected, fans were more than excited and the band teased that a single will be released soon. We will keep you posted as more information comes to light.

The band recently signed to Hopeless Records and this full length album will be released sometime this year.