Stick To Your Guns
For all the hype surrounding the whole “Post Hardcore” scene, there are a collection of up and coming bands that I just don’t get. Stick To Your Guns are one such band. There’s all kinds of hype on this band, but for my money I’ll take the original, Hatebreed, over anything these guys are doing. Listening to DIAMOND, you get a solid dose of their Hatebreed wannabe music with bits of modern vocals thrown in for good measure. To say it’s not working here is an understatement. DIAMOND just isn’t very good.
Without question, DIAMOND is a collection of dull songs – plain and simple. I know I keep referencing it, but it really just sounds like bad Hatebreed from a decade ago. Listening to songs like “The Bond”, you can’t help but think they listened to song “Perseverance” over and over again, and tried to write their version of the song. Vocalist Jesse Barnett sounds a lot like Jamey Jasta, and the band fills dead spots in the music with the same gang vocals that Hatebreed uses in their material. Songs like “We Still Believe” have a clean vocal throughout, but that’s even worse than the Jasta worship sound. Coming that with the over the top gang vocals in the chorus make this one an instant skip in my IPod.
Musically, Stick To Your Guns is solid but completely unremarkable on DIAMOND. There’s not a single note on this release – not a drum line, not a guitar riff, not a bass line – that even remotely sticks in your head. After 10 listens to this album, I still can’t pick out a single point where I can say, “the drums on xxxxxx are great” or “the riff on yyyyyyy is unique”. This whole release is dull parody of a genre they aren’t quite good enough to be a part of. That said, I can point to a universally terrible spot. The kids chorus in the song “Ring Loud (Last Hope)” is laughable; a terrible idea. The integration of sound effects is pretty poor as well. It’s not 1985 anymore, and clearly this isn’t a soundtrack to any movie.
PITRIFF RATING – 15/100 - I couldn’t hate this release more if it was accused of child molestation. Stick To Your Guns needs to find their own bullets instead of glomming onto someone else’s sound and doing it poorly. From poorly taking style from Hatebreed and Biohazard, to dull music to ridiculously unnecessary sound clips to try to create any sort of interest in these songs, DIAMOND is a failure.