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Album Review

On their first full-length release, the Hurt Process played a formulaic brand of rock common to the late '90s and early 2000s — that is, a blend of punk, hardcore, metal, and pop; much alternation of all-out crunching passages with more subdued, contemplative ones; and vocals that ran the gamut from a throat-full-o'-razor-blades growl to high, yearning sweet harmonies. It might not be too distinctive, but it's tight and well done here, almost slickly so. "I'm just drowning in confused emotion, I don't know where to...stand and how to feel," they sing in "Clarity," and that's a sentiment that runs through much of the material: young guys in turbulence trying to connect in the face of a reality that's more difficult and complex than they're prepared for, though the tone isn't as despairing here as it is in many releases of this sort. A lot of it turns out to be about stormy personal relationships when you read the fine print, though their horizons aren't strictly limited to such subject matter, as demonstrated by the pirate tale "The Beast Sails In" and some other lyrics here and there. Perhaps this is the reaction of a "rockist," but they would have done well to dispense with the almost gratuitously ugly, gravelly vocal bits and focus on the more conventional higher-range singing and harmonies, as they're actually not bad vocalists when they take that line of attack.

Customer Reviews


To put it simply: I Love This Album. Each song brings something different to the table. If you are a fan of hardcore/screamo you should definitely get this record. It ranges from slower songs to fast and aggressive songs, all with that great screaming voice. The lyrics are great, mostly about relationships so they are very relatable. If you have and like their second album, then you will def like this one. Just keep in mind that there are different singers on each one. Normally i feel like bands kind of loose their feel if the singer leaves the band, but i have to say i was pleasantly surprised by A Heartbeat Behind. When it comes to music i tend to favor a bands first offering most of all, but i can honestly say that i love both albums equally. My personal favorites from this album are:
White Butterflies (looove the screaming and guitar throughout, but especially at the end)
Tuesday: one of their slower tempo'd songs but still awesome, great screaming
This Piece: This a great opening song, not too fast and not too slow
Last Goodbye: Great guitar and lyrics
The Beast Sails In: Who doesnt love a song about pirates??


From the first song I thought it was bad nothing compared to ATR and ADTR


Formed: Brighton, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Hailing from Brighton, England, the Hurt Process sought to prove that it wasn't just American screamo bands that could skillfully combine metal, punk, emo, and hardcore into dynamic and emotional songs. Appearing on the scene in the early 2000s, the guys -- vocalists Mark Andrews and Daniel Laurence, guitarists Tom Diamond and Alun Burnet-Smith, drummer Darren Toms, and bassist Duncan McGilvary -- released the mini-album Another Day in late 2002 through Loudspeaker to the high praise of the U.K....
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