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Vol. I

Vol. I

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by Hurt
Maybe it was inevitable that a band would come along that would fuse together art-metal, grunge, nu-metal, prog rock and emo -- after all, the fusion seems both logical and appealing, doesn't it? -- but Hurt's 2006 debut Vol. 1 nevertheless seems to come out of left field. It's not only the kind of album whose title feels sadly truncated -


Maybe it was inevitable that a band would come along that would fuse together art-metal, grunge, nu-metal, prog rock and emo -- after all, the fusion seems both logical and appealing, doesn't it? -- but Hurt's 2006 debut Vol. 1 nevertheless seems to come out of left field. It's not only the kind of album whose title feels sadly truncated -- it's just begging for more information either before or after the Vol. 1 -- but it feels like it exists in an alternate universe, one where all the familiar elements are combined in ways that are familiar, yet undeniably off, even if they fall short of being outright odd or strange. Instead, Hurt and Vol. 1 merely sound a bit peculiar with their gothic, confessional soul-searching. Each song ebbs and flows on waves of flattened, heavy guitars, acoustic strums, and symphonic samples, which carry whispered vocals, guttural screams, and minor-fifth harmonies to the forefront, then gently ease them back again. Even the shorter songs play like multi-segmented mini-suites, which is another way of saying there are few immediate hooks, and the song structures are more elusive than difficult. With their definite, defiantly arty flourishes in their production and lyrics -- not to mention their penchant for one-word song titles (seven of the 11 tunes here are a mere one word) -- they clearly would like to emulate Tool, but they lack the tightly-wound, precise arrangements, not to mention a sense of danger or strangeness. Instead, Hurt can come across as an emo-ized Days of the New with their earnest ambition -- they may try more than Travis Meeks' forgotten band, but they have a similar vibe. But where Days of the New hit a dead-end immediately, Vol. 1 suggests that Hurt could go many different places, if they choose to amp up either the artsiness or the heaviness. Right now, they're straddling both worlds -- and the results are intriguing, but they're not quite satisfying.

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  1. Shallow
  2. Rapture
  3. Overdose
  4. Falls Apart
  5. Forever
  6. Losing
  7. Unkind
  8. Danse Russe
  9. Dirty
  10. Cold Inside
  11. House Carpenter

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hurt   Primary Artist
Bill Bell   Group Member
Evan Johns   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Group Member
Dave Klotz   Track Performer
J. Loren Wince   Guitar,Vocals
Evan Johns   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Group Member
Paul Spatola   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Marie Kaehny   Track Performer,Group Member
Dave Kiotz   Group Member
Joshua Ansley   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ted Taylor   Art Direction
Pete Martinez   Engineer
Eric Greedy   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Tom Lewis   Management
Janelle Lewis   Executive Producer
J. Loren Wince   Composer
Brian Winshell   Engineer

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Vol. I 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The "offical" review of this album is way off. This is the most original, creative music I've heard in at least 20 years. Get it, listen to it a few times, then listen to it while reading the lyrics. Incredible music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hurt is by far one of the most promising new bands I've had the pleasure of listening to. I should have reviewed this album long ago, but late is better than never. "Vol. 1" is Hurt's debut album, and is quite unlike anything else you've heard. It's too bad that they couldn't think of a more inspiring title for their album, however, because "Vol. 1" doesn't really tell you much about the band, their music, or their style. But it's worth listening to if you're a risk-taker. Hurt's sound is really a strange amalgam of other styles. One of my friends described them as "soft metal." This description only goes so far, however, because their softness does not linger. The lead singer, J. Loren, switches effortlessly between a passionate whisper and a haunted roar, and has one of the very best rock voices in any band I've ever heard. The music itself has carefully contrasted melodic and brutal sections crushing power chords and gentle acoustic moments. Combine all of this with irregular time signatures and recurring orchestration, and you've got Hurt's style in a nutshell - hard rock, progressive metal and acoustic alternative all mixed together. Shallow, the opening track is an extremely enjoyable listen, and definitely tells you where the rest of the album is going. My only complaint is that it is too short. It seems like, just as soon as the band found their groove, the song is over. It should have been much longer. Rapture continues the album, and is an incredible first single. The religion-centered lyrics are poignant and honest, and the music is stellar. In true Hurt fashion, the melodies switch abruptly between loud, boisterous and crushing, to quiet and melodic. Fantastic vocals are also a highlight. Overdose, as the title suggests, tells of a man's battle with substance abuse. It's good to hear a band singing a worthwhile message, which also happens to be another characteristic of Hurt powerful lyrics the hold the listener's interest. I won't waste your time describing every song on this album, but rest assured that they are all as varied, unique, and divergent as the ones mentioned above. This debut album is rare in that it exhibits a huge amount of talent, out-of-the-box-thinking, and unique songwriting abilities. Traces of Tool, Nirvana, Metallica, and possibly Dream Theater flicker throughout the album, but Hurt have created a remarkably individual sound for a debut, which is no small feat in a music industry which is now defined by mediocrity. Hurt is a band with a long and promising career ahead of them. So go check out their album (buy it, don't download it) and you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked every song on this cd. An album that can be played over and over. If you like Tool, you should like these guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen these guys live in concert, and I must say they kick butt!!!! Anyone who can pull of a live performance and make it sound just as good as a studio semo is truly an amazing band!!!! The album is really awesome!!!! This band ROCKS!!!! Hope to see more from them in the future!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, that damn sticker advertising rapture and falls apart needs to be ripped off the cover. Those two songs may be hurts most easily accessible ones, but they are no where near being their best. Hurt's sound is introduced very well on their debut album. Such songs as Overdose and Forever are worth repeated listenings. One of my favorites is the House Carpenter where Hurt offer their own perspective on the old folk ballad of the same name. Being difficult to classify, Hurt should appeal to anyone with ecclectic tastes. One puff/or listen if you would and you'll be hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best bands to come along in a long time. This is what the world has been waitning for. Hurt, you rock and keep up the good work. We look forward to hearing volume two soon, and seeing you in concert.