Hope Of the States: Left
Sam Herlihy and co strive to keep it simple, with varying results
The fact they’ve taken their foot off the accelerator is understandable given guitarist Jimmi Lawrence’s suicide just before the release of ‘…Riots’, but as ‘This Is A Question’ rushes along and ‘Bonfires’ bludgeons home its point, the band are left sounding like their wings have been clipped.
When HOTS occasionally do soar, however, they reach new highs: ‘Industry’ is a hypnotically pulsating tirade against the humdrum, ‘The Good Fight’ blends God Speed! You Back Emperor with a pub sing-a-long and ‘The Church Choir’’s wall of sound is pure, uncontained widescreen. Noble and determined, ‘Left’ proves that while HOTS are capable of stirring thoughts and emotions, it’s only when they reach full throttle that they truly move hearts and minds.
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