ALBUM REVIEW: HUNDREDTH – RARE
Hundredth successfully transition into new territory, one that is sure to polarize fans but should be commended for its audacity.
Despite being a popular namesake in the hardcore community, Hundredth have grown tired of writing the same old song and have decided to shake up their formula on their hotly anticipated Rare. Diving into the realms of shoegaze and post-punk, there’s an obvious influence from the likes of My Bloody Valentine, but dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth love letters to the likes of Smashing Pumpkins and even Joy Division.
Impressively enough, despite their influence, Rare as a whole doesn’t feel sluggish like most genre contemporaries. On the contrary, as Hundredth has crafted shoegaze with a lot more drive, meaning that for the most part there’s a tangible force cleaving its way through these songs, with even a breakdown or three scattered seamlessly between the lines.
That’s not to say they don’t mix things up on occasion; the likes of ‘White Squall’ and ‘Down’ are tranquil yet moody, but then ‘Disarray’ opens with breakneck drumming and thrashy lead riffs, the dichotomy of which actually lead to one of the more candid head-bangers of the record.
If there’s one complaint to be had against Rare it’s that a few of the spacey tracks tend to bleed together a little, making the record as a whole sound a touch homogenous in spots. Having said that, considering Hundredth’s hardcore-fronted back catalogue, that’s a petty gripe.
On their fourth LP, Hundredth say goodbye to their hardcore past and baptise themselves in a fresh, contemporary sound. Not only that, but they’ve pulled off what would normally be a challenging transition rather seamlessly. This is not the same Hundredth you’ve always known, but rather a rebirth of sorts, and if the idea of guitar pedals and fuzzy riffs sounds like a good time, then Rare should be on your playlist - no questions asked.
Dre’s Top Three:
- White Squall
- Shy Vein
You can pick up a copy of Rare on Vinyl or CD Here