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Skeletons
     

Skeletons

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by Hawthorne Heights
 
After dealing with the death of Casey Calvert and a series of legal battles with their former label, Victory Records, it was clear from the sound on Fragile Future that Hawthorne Heights had emerged from their trials (both literal and figurative) a more mature band. After making the conscious decision not to replace Calvert,

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After dealing with the death of Casey Calvert and a series of legal battles with their former label, Victory Records, it was clear from the sound on Fragile Future that Hawthorne Heights had emerged from their trials (both literal and figurative) a more mature band. After making the conscious decision not to replace Calvert, instead having guitarist Micah Carli take over as the resident screamer, the band delivered their most refined album to date with Skeletons. At a glance, it might feel like this is their tamest effort, and in some ways it is. The music doesn't have the intensity of their earlier work, lacking the raw power of their three-guitar assault, and the unclean vocals are almost nonexistent. That said, their songwriting feels tighter and more deliberate. Rather than trying to force themselves back into their older sound, the band is working with what they have without trying to fill the gap left by Carli. While the music may seem more scaled back, the lyrics feel rawer and more emotional, even without the use of the screaming vocal dynamic. Themes of loss and grief are at the forefront here, with the band still clearly coping with the death of a dear friend, as well as the unfortunate loss of J.T. Woodruff's mother (who was given a touching dedication in the liner notes). "Bring You Back" and "Gravestones" are heartfelt coping anthems, showing the band at their most emotional without any traces of angst. Longtime fans of Hawthorne Heights will be able to appreciate the vulnerability here as they witness the band at their most exposed, seeing through to their titular skeletons.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2010
Label:
Bicycle Music Com.
UPC:
0601501316227
catalogNumber:
13162
Rank:
147059

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Performance Credits

Hawthorne Heights   Primary Artist
Howard Benson   Keyboards
Matt Ridenour   Group Member
Micah Carli   Digital Instruments,Group Member
Eron Bucciarelli   Group Member
J.T. Woodruff   Group Member
Jonathan Brophy   Vocals

Technical Credits

Howard Benson   Programming,Producer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki   Engineer
Deborah Lurie   String Arrangements
Marc VanGool   Guitar Techician
Hawthorne Heights   Composer
Micah Carli   Programming
Jon Nicholson   Drum Technician
Bethany Crowley   Art Direction
Kim Youngberg   Music Business Affairs
J.T. Woodruff   Composer,Lyricist

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