Sound — 8
Some bands claim they're playing something extremely new and can't even differentiate their style, some say they're just playing whatever they want to, without any style... These five guys from Oklahoma City, naming themselves Hinder, appeared on rock scene, saying they just want to bring back the best traditions of rock-n-roll and here's the result of their work for four years ? debut "big label" album "Extreme Behavior." The record, out September 2005 on Universal Records, was produced by Brian Howes (Closure, DDT) and engineered by Mike Fraser (Aerosmith, AC/DC). It starts off with the first single "Get Stoned" -? a very intense song about "sex is so much better when you mad at me" -- time of the relationship -- something everybody can relate to. The song has some wonderful guitar riffs and powerful rock drums. Lead singer Austin Winkler's voice adds to the song's roughness. "Better Than Me" has with an easy-sounding acoustic guitar in the beginning, evolving into distortion by the end. Tearful voice of a broken man tells us another story, full of bitter sentiments, about how difficult the relationship is. "How Long" and "By The Way" has very catchy choruses. The only songs that falls out of the whole context is "Room 21." The band has probably already regretted they put the song on the album, as it's been slammed almost in every "Extreme Behaviors" review. "Room 21" should be Hinder's attempt to create an irresistibly cool wild song about "wild times" -- girls, sex, panties, hanging on the door. First off, the singer makes some kind of sounds, like he can't wait to f--k that slut, which is a bit funny, than the lyrics are too plain and common, the track starts with drum beat that always reminded me of horse races and the whole song sounds a bit redneck-ish. Hopefully the band's next version of a "wild song" would be better. Guitar riffs and solos are the best part of the album, though sometimes dual lead guitars create a mess-up of sounds on the background. In those rare moments, when you get a chance to differentiate a guitar line, you notice, that there are actually great solos and very good catchy riffs, going into distortion at it's most intense moments.
Lyrics — 8
Listening to the songs assure you that lead singer Austin Winkler drunk a whole lot of shots of Jagermeister (as shown in their CD booklet) and smoked tons of Marlboros to work out soaring rock vocals. Winkler's vocal is pretty good and rusty for a dirty rocker, but sometimes it obviously needs to be stronger. To create some variety in songs, the voice is multiplied in choruses. In those rare moments when Winkler roars, it's done with a great effort. Lyrics are clear, story-telling about the girl next door or failed romance. There are some very good lines in songs, like "I don't wanna know it's over/So save your good-bye kiss."
Overall Impression — 8
Hinder's songwriting is surprisingly mature and has a huge sexual energy behind it. Each song on "Extreme Behavior" has a memorable hook -? something not very catchy, but easy to single-along and remember. The anger that almost every song consists, as it was probably written with it, only adds to their beauty. The band says that by writing music they try to get things off their chest, therefore the songs turn out to come very truthful. They are aiming to bring back the times, when Guns N' Roses and Aerosmith rocked, when huge rock shows were necessary events in everybody's life and "Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll" was the prayer. I wouldn't say there's something about music in here, as a lot of bands are playing the same type of thing (think about Nickelback or Dark New Day), but more about the way of making shows (my guess is -? either the guys don't like "civilized" way of making music or they just couldn't come up with a better idea of how to differ from other bands around). But when it comes to music, I should say -? it's been a pleasure to listen to the album.