Review: Confide, “Shout The Truth”
Since I started this blog I’ve been asking many people for recommendations for reviews to do, and this will be one of the first ones. I’m quite a fan of the newer hardcore/screamo bands, even when majority of the scene can become bland and over-done. You just need to look at each band and see what they stand for, why they do their music, and if they’re not just a carbon copy of someone else who is just as good. Lots of talent gets lost in this mix, and it can be hard to pull out the best of the worst. Confide is a Los Angeles native, and they are the newest addition to indie hardcore label Tragic Hero Records, home of slightly known hardcore acts Sky Eats Airplane, A Skylit Drive, and the better-known He Is Legend.
Immediately branding themselves as a faith-based hardcore act, Confide blows away with most of their lyrical content that is present throughout their entire debut record, Shout The Truth. Screaming and singing abounds, moreso than some of their label counterparts on both sides, and the choruses are more able to be understood, making for a great live show. However, despite the epic lyrical content, some phrases are overused, such as in “I Am Scared Of Me”, where the phrase “tell me I am born / tell me I’m worth the ground you walked on” is repeated for the entire bridge, making it seem that the lyrics were unable to be stretched any further. It may be to get the point across, but the words fail when repeated one too many times.
The album suffers from a few too many over-used hardcore tactics, which ultimately tend to make most tracks sound like the one you just heard. Each song is a full journey, but tragically, each story is cut to an extremely short length. By far, this is the shortest hardcore record I have ever listened to, save for The Chariot’s entire discography. But this band doesn’t have the intensity in each track that The Chariot proves to have. The songs are orchestrated well, like in the album opener “Millstone” and the Staple-esque “Zeal”, but the biggest thing that hardcore listeners love is missing often: the quintessential breakdowns. It seems that right where each song ends is where a beautiful breakdown could have been implemented, to make all the tracks (save for the two short ballads) significantly longer. With songs as short as two minutes and the longest song being not even close to four minutes, the album is over before long.
Vocals and screaming tend to be as good as they can be, given that the band has gone for the Underoath approach, with the main singing vocals coming from the drummer and screaming vocals coming from the front. Overall, Confide is a youth group’s perfect hardcore act. You want something more serious and ear-drum shattering? Wait until July 14 for the return of Pennsylvania’s own August Burns Red.
Star Rating: 3 out of 5