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Hostage Calm - Please Remain Calm

Alex Gosman
Alex Gosman 26 November 2012 at 16.29

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"...this may not be a hardcore record, but it’s too good to be pigeonholed anyway."

The melodic hardcore of Hostage Calm’s earlier efforts has pretty much vanished, but ‘Please Remain Calm’ sees the Connecticut quintet branching out in fine style. Whether sprinkling a touch of Springsteen-esque grit on the likes of ‘Don’t Die On Me Now’ and ‘Woke Up Next To A Body’, or throwing a curveball in the form of the a cappella ‘Patriot’, this record is held together by a seemingly innate sense of melody. Coupled with lyrics that suggest restless minds in troubled times, this may not be a hardcore record, but it’s too good to be pigeonholed anyway.

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