The Blackout’s third album is finally here but it hasn’t been without it’s struggles along the way, in 2010 the band parted ways with their record label Epitaph and they were left with no label and no means of making a next album. But after completing a majorly successful Pledge Music campaign to raise money for the studio costs and being humbled by the response from their fans The Blackout are back and they’re better than ever. The album starts with first track to be released from the album ‘Ambition is Critical’ and is followed up with ‘Never By Your Side’, both tracks kick you into a fast pace with their chugging guitar riffs and screaming vocals. Single ‘Higher and Higher’ follows featuring guest vocals from rapper Hyro Da Hero delivering potentially the most radio friendly track on the album. The album title ‘Hope’ was inspired by the lyrical themes of hope that feature a lot throughout songs such as title track ‘Hope (Scream It Out Loud)‘ and ‘This Is Our Time‘. The mid-section of songs including sing a long ’The Last Goodbye’ are less screaming and a lot softer before carrying on with heavier songs such as ‘The Devil Inside’ and ‘No More Waiting’. Again, the tempo is taken down a notch or two for when the album closes with ’Keep On Moving’ and final track ‘The Storm’ both songs total sing a long classics, the first could be described as a ballad and the latter a song which perfectly display both singers voices and they way that fit so well together. It might not have been the easiest of journeys for the band but it’s one that has clearly shaped their music and their outlook and all the hard work has paid off with this current offering from the Welsh sextet. It is surely the album that will see them cement their place as one of the best bands around on the UK’s alternative scene.
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