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Album Review: True View by Stick To Your Guns

Stick To Your Guns release their new album True View on 13th October via End Hits Records. The Orange County group’s sixth album is a formidable slab of heavy hardcore that was a cathartic endeavour for the band, “Something I see in a lot of people, including almost every one of my peers, is the inability to be honest with oneself,” says vocalist Jesse Barnett, about the lyrics on True View.

“I had just hit a point where I was forced to take inventory of who I was. Truly. Not the person I thought I was or the person I wanted to be, but the actual person I was. I had to face my own pain and the pain I caused others. In this time, much like my entire life, my mother was my guiding light. Through the patience, advice and guidance she offered me, I was able to navigate to a place of enlightenment or at the very least a place of better understanding.”

“I’m still not the person I hope to one day be but I now feel confident in myself to make decisions and guide myself to that place of peace within myself. Regardless of how anyone feels about this record, all I can say it that it was necessary. It had to be written and I’m glad it was.”

“I really wanted to intentionally create an album that sonically reflects the feeling of modern life: depression, anger, fear, hope, happiness, forgiveness and clarity,” added guitarist Josh James. “A feeling of breaking through the dark shit in life and the journey of the struggle that ends up elevating you to a new, smarter, stronger, better version of yourself. Things really clicked when Jesse started tracking vocals. The lyrics and feeling he put into each song constantly blew me away, his words were the perfect fit to the songs. I’ve created a lot of music in my life, but right now I can’t help but feel that True View is the album I’ve always wanted to be part of.”

While it may be the album that Stick To Your Guns wanted to create, is the record you need in your life? If it’s a great hardcore album you’re looking for, then sadly it’s not. You might be able to relate to the content and there’s some glorious riffs in ‘Cave Canem’, ‘You Are Free’, ‘Doomed By You’ and scattered about the album, but all things considered it’s pretty average.

Conversely if you’re looking for an accessible entry into hardcore then True View is the perfect record. There’s numerous points within the album that the band go full accessible melodic hardcore, ‘56’ being the perfect example. In a broader spectrum, the riff may still be heavy but in comparison to the hardcore scene it’s decidedly mainstream sounding. Couple that with the brooding ‘The Inner Authority: “Realization of Self”’ and you’ve got a record that is more mainstream and accessible than it is visceral hardcore.

On other parts of True View, you’ll enjoy the record without it actually making you take notice. It feels a little too polished and lacks the punch needed to take it over the line. Ultimately it feels like Stick To Your Guns might have phoned this one in.

AD Rating 6/10

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