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Editors’ Notes

The Color Morale use their fourth album to confront real-life issues from a Christian perspective while serving up aggressive post-hardcore sounds tempered by melodic pop influences. Tracks like “Prey for Me,” “Is Happiness a Mediocre Sin?,” and “Suicide; Stigma” (featuring We Came As Romans’ Dave Stephens) exemplify the album’s compassionate content. Frontman Garret Rapp switches between clean singing and harsh vocals, underscoring the apocalyptic tension in his band’s music to dramatic effect. The acoustic-centered title track ends the album on a note of redemption and gratitude.

Customer Reviews

Not very excited for the release.

As a fan of "Know Hope" and their older releases, I'm disappointed. I feel like I'm listening to "Know Hope" all over again, but it's not nearly as good. Garret's screaming has definitely lost it's touch. He sounds way too whiney, and I just want to give the poor guy some tissues so he isn't as stuffy sounding. On the other hand, his cleans have definitely improved.
I'm also not a huge fan of the lyrics. You can only listen to a few "It gets better" songs before they all start to sound the same. Although, "Suicide;Stigma" was a very good release.
One more critique is the drumming. The constant snare drum is just annoying, and it makes them sounds like a high school garage band.
I haven't given up on this album completely, because there's plenty of songs to be heard once it's released. But I'm not thrilled. They're losing the sound that set them apart from other bands in an effort to keep their fans happy. I'd rather hear something new and progressive than listen to another "Know Hope".

Hold On Pain Ends Review

The new Color Morale record Hold On Pain Ends is absolutely great. When they got signed by Fearless Records, I was proud of the way how much they have been touring over the past few months and gaining more fans in their fanbase. My favorite songs from Hold On Pain Ends are Suicide;Stigma, Prey For Me and Damnaged. The record is known as one of the most anticipated releases of 2014 according to Alternative Press magazine.

In 2015

This band will realize a year from now just as most band after they have released albums in less than 1-2 years apart. (I.e. Miss May I) That they have lost what they hoped to prove to their fans and are preaching to fans who are blind scene kids. They will admit that their "past few albums were forced and the same",blah blah blah, same excuse every band has given in the "hope" they will connect with their fans even more. Especially, pulling them in with a catchy slogan that their submissive fans will consider edgy. These lyrics are not genuine to me. Just a dream catcher for those simple minded fans who have been exposed to such little. I was a fan of The Color Morale from their first album. I feel they need to be stripped of fame and be in a position were they need to try hard again to acquire more fame. Now they are righting music that cannot be considered worse or terrible, just safe. I may be wrong, or just a completely disappointed fan for the 2nd album in a row. I do not consider myself a hipster if that's what your implying. I hope people's limited vocabulary has evolved. I noticed that there isn't a single review based after their release, so I figure I would give a honest opinion from someone who has been a fan from the start. I am happy they made it this far, but they will be what most band's "loyal" fans will refer them as "generic."


Formed: 2005 in Rockford, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2005, the Color Morale are a metalcore band based out of Rockford, Illinois. Made up of vocalist Garret Rapp, guitarists Devin King, Aaron Saunders, and Ramon Mendoza, bassist Justin Hieser, and drummer Steve Carey, the band's sound features a strong emotional core fortified by intense, punishing fits of chugging metal. Signed to Rise Records in 2009, the Color Morale made their debut later that year with We All Have Demons. A second, My Devil in Your Eyes, followed in 2011 and found the...
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