Sound — 8
Modern hardcore act Touche Amore's first studio album ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse released in June of 2009. With hype built off their ambitious 7" demo and a guest spots from Geoff Rickley of Thursday and Jeffrey Eaton of Modern Life Is War, the record went straight to the top of any blog searching hardcore kid's "remember to check this out" list. TA didn't disappoint either releasing a fantastically raw, melodic, energetic and ambiguously heavy piece of work. Think, Give Up The Ghost meets Poison the Well and throw in some Pg.99 influence. Sometimes the album can get a little stale as all the songs have the same tone and general vibe, but with only 11 tracks and a run-time under 20 minutes it'll take a few spins for that to happen.
Lyrics — 8
Vocalist/Frontman Jeremy Bolm has a hoarse, cathartic timbre to his yell all his own. It's surprisingly discernible and perfectly displays the songs sense of urgency and emotion. Lyrically the songs strike certain social commentary while remaining personal and relatable, although that is nothing new to the modern hardcore game.
Overall Impression — 9
...To the Beat of a Dead Horse is a must have for any fan of modern hardcore. It was one of the best hardcore albums released in '09 and is a great launching point for a very talented group of musicians. Similar Artists: Defeater, La Dispute, Modern Life Is War Tracks to check out: Honest Sleep, Swimming With Sharks, Nine