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Hawthorne Heights The Silence In Black And White

01. Life on Standby 02. Dissolve and Decay 03. Niki FM 04. The Transition 05. Blue Burns Orange 06. Silver Bullet 07. Screenwriting an Apology 08. Ohio is for Lovers 09. Wake Up Call 10. Sandpaper and Silk 11. Speeding Up the Octaves
2004 Victory Records
Our score 2


I can’t exactly remember when it happened, but Victory Records, at some point, changed in a big way. When I was in high school, they released some of my favorite records of all time. I don’t think they are too many records that can top Bloodlet’s “Entheogen,” Deadguy’s “Fixation On A Coworker,” Integrity’s “Humanity Is The Devil,” or Snapcase’s “Steps.” I guess it’s fairly ironic that Victory is now (for the most part) releasing records that have become my least favorite thing about music. Hawthorne Heights hail from Dayton, Ohio, and are Victory’s newest contribution to your local Hot Topic. I’m sure sometime soon (if it hasn’t happened already) every 17-year-old kid that is “heartbroken” will have a new favorite band, and it’s going to be because of this album. Honestly, I think Victory must have an assembly line in their warehouse, because Hawthorne Heights falls in perfect line with other Victory bands such as, Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, Count the Stars, and Spitalfield. Well, with “The Silence in Black and White,” you get it all. A range of vocals, from Saves the Day-esque wails to the “hey we are still kind of heavy, because we can scream” scream. Look guys, if a pseudo punk band like Story of the Year gets on MTV, and throws a “hardcore” scream in their songs, then you know it’s fucking dead. Let it go. The guitar work here is completely predictable, because I knew when every clean “emo” part was coming up, and the formulaic “post-hardcore” breakdowns that have the same buildup. The lyrics on this record are slightly high-school-drama-class, but aren’t overly cheesy, which is good I suppose. The fact that the lyrics aren’t the worst I’ve ever read, and the production here is excellent, are the only two reasons this record doesn’t get a one out of ten. Bottom Line: Give me a break, because it’s hard to come up with much of a review for an album that is so trite and bland. You’ve heard all of this before, and I’m sure you are sick of these cookie-cutter bands that are created for the purpose of sticking their faces in every Hot Topic, and on the Warped Tour. If you like “punk” bands like Taking Back Sunday, and Spitalfield, then maybe you’ll like Hawthorne Heights. If you already own this CD and are feeling let down, then it might make a good gift for your 11-year-old sister.


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Ohhhhh_ 7/31/2004 6:16:16 PM

This review is amazing accurate and this band f*cking sucks.

jerkass_ 7/31/2004 8:35:00 PM

why dont you stop reviewing shitty bands that 98% percent of lambgoaters would never listen to in the first place.

Ohhhhh_ 7/31/2004 11:11:09 PM

you don't know how many do. it's better than reviewing a million friggin metalcore discs all the time. and if he gets a disc to review, he does it. simple as that really. don't be so scene. (joke)

onlythelonesomeloveus_ 8/1/2004 2:25:21 AM

my band played these guys in a battle of the bands and kicked their asses and they got a f*cking record contract...what kind of shit is that

buckwheat_ 8/1/2004 3:01:49 AM

This band does suck, but Bayside are way above the other bands mentioned. They actually have some talent. I'd suggest giving them another listen.

Cory_ 8/1/2004 10:18:49 AM

the fact that someone always either sticks up for the band or talks about how "their last record was better" is proof that someone around here actually does listen to this garbage.

onlythelonesomeloveus_ 8/1/2004 2:24:08 PM

the only song ive ever really sat down and listened to was Ohio Is For Lovers... and... i guess it was probably because either a. friend brought the cd over and said it was "a killer band that we played at a battle of the bands" b. common curiosity about how these guys sounded after battle of the bands c. the fact that they got a record deal i felt bitter about it and wanted to slice their faces up... what... it could happen...with the capn'

Lauren_ 8/1/2004 9:11:05 PM

I acually love the new album, even though im into hardcore. Thats it.

dutchstep_ 8/2/2004 12:23:48 PM

hey, shit on hawthorne heights and bayside and taking back sunday all you want, but Spitalfield rule!

revspin_ 8/2/2004 9:21:44 PM

god these guys blow jerk.

fuall_ 8/8/2004 5:44:56 PM

Do all of you pretentious scensters have to be some opionated? I'm tired of reading these comments and one of you saying, this band/my band is way better than these guys. Comment on the review, the album, or the band, not on your druthers.

max_ 8/10/2004 8:42:17 PM


RonBurgundy_ 2/24/2005 4:29:02 PM

Are you guys serious? This band is awesome....just becuase they don't scream the whole time doesn't mean they arent good. Ohio is for Lovers and Life on Standby alone make it a great album not couting the other great songs. So stick that in your corn cob pipe and smoke it!!

shannon_ 3/22/2005 2:25:18 PM

why is it that everyone had to rag on hawthorn heights they are a awsome band and they have one thing that u don't A RECORD CONTRACT!!!!

richard_ 5/10/2005 11:54:20 PM

you guys defending this band are idiots.

nate_ 12/5/2005 5:23:18 AM

"so cut my wrists and black my eyes"....the lyrics ARE overly cheesy

patrick_ 3/22/2006 4:33:28 AM

Why are people defending this band...they are so disgustingly terrible and contrived, and completely unoriginal. their lyrics are terrible, cheesy and stupid...they're just plain bad.

anonymous 3/29/2006 4:02:22 PM

emo gays

kyle_ 3/4/2007 1:44:43 PM

band straight up sucks.

Bah_ 10/27/2008 11:24:07 AM

Lyrics aren't overly cheesy? Are you not including the big single from the track where the chorus is "Cut my wrists and black my eyes"?