Hawthorne Heights The Silence of Black and White

Continuing the great Victory Records tradition of attempting to capitalise on whatever musical trend happens to be selling at the moment is Hawthorne Heights, a band who combine the album-selling power of Taking Back Sunday and Thursday to create a sound that is entirely not their own in the least. Stealing all of the style but none of the substance of bands like Thursday, Hawthorne’s sound is stale and boring at best. Uninspired lyrics and failure to take full advantage of three clearly talented guitar players rounds out this exercise of aural futility. This has already been done better, and will continue to be done better. (Victory)