Hollow Bodies is the fourth full-length release from the Arizona-based metal act Blessthefall. Opener “Exodus” sets things in motion and midway through the song it became quite clear that this album was going to be a monstrous slab of metal. The band’s unique way of blending post-hardcore and progressive metal with light electronica is adventurous and oftentimes surprising; rapid fire machine gun breakdowns give way to unexpected tempo changes, driving rhythms, and killer riffage that keep you guessing as to what comes next.

There is no doubt that this is a heavy-as-hell affair, but it is also extremely melodic and I think here, on Hollow Bodies, the group has achieved the perfect balance between the two. After more than a decade in the scene I feel that Blessthefall has hit their full stride with this newest offering.

Lastly, I cannot close out this review without mentioning the disc’s absolutely fantastic production. Producer extraordinaire Joey Sturgis has done a phenomenal job creating a pristine sounding environment that allows all of the group’s varied elements and instrumentation to shine through. I suggest checking this one out when it drops on August 20th, it’s freaking good!

Track Listing:

01. Exodus
02. You Wear A Crown But You’re No King
03. Hollow Bodies
04. Déjà vu
05. Buried In These Walls
06. See You On The Outside
07. Youngbloods
08. Standing On The Ashes
09. Carry On
10. The Sound Of Starting Over
11. Open Water

Run Time: 46:00
Release Date: August 20, 2013

Check out the song “See You On The Outside”