‘True View’ finds a band that are (ahem) sticking to their guns.
Label: End Hits Records
Released: 13th October 2017
California hardcore mob Stick To Your Guns’ sixth album, ‘True View’, sees the five-piece treading familiar territory. Crushingly heavy cuts (‘3 Feet From Peace’) give way to soaring choruses (‘Cave Canem’), and it’s all executed with a confidence befitting a band of their stature.
Beneath said confidence and the pummelling riffs, however, lies a sense of fragility. Vocalist Jesse Barnett has said that this record follows the most challenging years of his life, and you can hear feelings of hopelessness and despair shine through his furious growls.
Despite this, ‘True View’ impresses most when its creators give in to their melodic sensibilities, most notably on the anthemic ‘Owed Nothing’, which fares far better than the by-numbers hardcore of ‘Doomed By You’ that STYG occasionally slip into.
For the most part, ‘True View’ finds a band that are (ahem) sticking to their guns; it’s a tried and tested formula, and one that Stick To Your Guns have once more accomplished with ease. Jake Richardson