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Hoods - The King Is Dead
01. The King Is Dead
02. Lost Hope
03. Drawn Out
04. 26 Seconds Of Hate
05. Ernie Cortez
06. Heartless
07. Coward
08. Addicted To Dying
09. This Time
10. End Of Days
2005 Eulogy Recordings

Reviewed by: Cory   //   Published: 10/20/2005

As far back as I can remember, Hoods have been a support act for the heavyweights of the hardcore world. While the bands on top have come and gone, Hoods have never gotten their day in the limelight, despite a fairly loyal following and highly visible releases on labels like Stillborn and Victory. After spending a few hours with their latest, The King Is Dead, I think I understand why they've eternally been doomed to mid-level notoriety despite their longevity. Hoods repeatedly produce good hardcore records that are poorly marketed and, frankly, aren't creative enough to set them apart from the pack. There's no lack of heart, no flaws in production or performance and no real downfalls to speak of, but there's just not a lot on this release to make them your favorite band either.

If you're a fan of angry, tough-guy hardcore but want substance with your breakdowns, Hoods is an excellent alternative to the mind-numbing stupidity and repetition of the most recent wave of mosh-core garbage. Sure there's lyrics like "conversations get bad / motherfuckers get stabbed," but there are also quite a few mature reflections on mortality like a tribute to a fallen friend ("Ernie Cortez") and the complementary verbal assault on a god that allows tragedy to strike ("Heartless"). Songs like the aptly titled "26 Seconds of Hate" are just plain fun to listen to and that's one of this disc's strongest points. Not once in twenty minutes does The King Is Dead get boring, and each of the songs has its own personality, like the handful of piano notes in "Drawn Out."

Bottom Line: If anyone can get away with playing tough-guy hardcore these days, it's Hoods. These guys have been playing for over a decade and have consistently put out quality releases. While they may not stand out from the pack, they certainly do fit in nicely, right next to Madball, Hatebreed and Skarhead in the pantheon of "beatdown" hardcore bands. While Hatebreed and Madball have managed to gain enough momentum to make a living off playing hardcore, Hoods definitely do what they do out of love and respect, and it shows on The King Is Dead.

KILL YOURSELF_   posted 9/3/2008 6:36:30 PM
If you listen to this dumb shit you should probably...............
gfdgsgdgdf_   posted 1/21/2007 11:17:33 PM
throwbreedengage10_   posted 12/20/2006 6:03:14 PM
9/10! prefect hardcore album of 05 besides the throwdown vendetta.
daveheck_   posted 1/13/2006 8:43:22 PM
great album.
hxchris_   posted 10/25/2005 10:15:29 PM
great band

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