The Color Morale’s fourth album is going to be an important one. This is the point in a band’s career where the world decides if you’re growing with them or if time is leaving you behind. They’ve actually reached the stage in their career where you have to step things up, and the result is something far grander than anything they’ve put out before.
Outer Demons is one of the strongest songs on the album, with a storming intro that soon turns into possibly the catchiest choruses the bands have ever done. Lyricism is one area they shine. Topics such as depression and self harm come up often within the genre, but the sensitivity with which they’re tackled on Hold on Pain Ends is where the band really excels. Instead of wallowing in sadness, the lyrics focus on hope and the wider picture, creating something far more lyrically impressive.
The Ones Forgotten by the One Forgetting exemplifies The Color Morale’s strengths. Slowing down for a haunting, ethereal melody that splits the album up nicely, using autotune to emote impressively in such a fashion that it might be the only post-hardcore track this year that you’ll find yourself comparing to Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak.
Musically, this album is very much a heavy band with their eye on the epic and anthemic. Songs clearly forged with the live show in mind. Lyrically, the album is about making unity with their fans. They’re not reinventing the wheel but they’re doing what they do incredibly well. Definitely one to catch on tour.