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As legend has it, Hinder sifted through somewhere between 50 and 70 songs to pick the 11 tracks for its fourth studio album. Add to this the on-record reports that the band’s infamously indulgent frontman Austin Winkler checked into rehab immediately after recording Welcome to the Freakshow, and you have the kind of rock ‘n’ roll lore that makes for top-shelf hype. But from the volatile opener, “Save Me” (where Winkler screams “I’ve cut my demons loose!”), to the closing homage to megalomania, “Wanna Be Rich,” it’s more than possible that the hype's legit. With “See You in Hell,” Hinder has crafted a perfect hard-rocking, parent-hating anthem that sounds best when blasted immediately after slamming the bedroom door. Conversely, the sultry and seductive “Ladies Come First” oozes the kind of leathery sleaze normally reserved for Rob Zombie movies and pole-dancing accompaniment. Of course it wouldn’t be a proper Hinder album without such Zippo-hoisting power ballads as “Should Have Known Better,” “Talk to Me,” and “Anyone but You.”

Customer Reviews


I love hinder... but this sounds too much like Pop. Maybe like 4 rock sounding songs. Why does every band I like either break up or turn into some pop cr@p!!!!

Too trendy...

I normally give Hinder albums 5 stars, but this one just does not live up to their other albums IMO. Some of the songs are too pop and there is not enough rock songs on this album. I was so excited to hear this album back in August when it was first announced that they were finished recording but after having heard it , it has been a major upset. I like 5 songs, thats a big decline since I loved every song from their previous album All American Nightmare. Usually I feel like their albums are timeless, I can still go back 4 and 6 years later and listen to Extreme Behavior and Take it to the limit, but I can not even imagine listening to half of this album the two years it takes them to release a new album.
It is funny how they ended the album with a song making fun of pop culture when this album has so many songs on it that sounds like today's pop. I hope this is some kinda joke and they are not actually serious about this album.
I did give it 3 stars because of the few songs that I do like, but I really hope they go back to the studio and make a real album soon.

Guys, lay off!

Listen to the lyrics. It's HINDER. It's actually a little darker and dirtier in the heavier songs then they normally are. It's definitely them. You are all focusing on the "pop songs". Hinder has ALTERNATIVE ROCK SONGS TOO. Lips of an Angel, Shoulda, Far from Home, etc. This album simply has more emotional/alternative songs in it. There is always a few CDs that artists do that have this "meaningful" phase in the band's career. Embrace it because it may not always be around. They are still as "Rock n Roll" as ever. Any real fan and any real music lover should hear the core "Hinder" sound in this. I'm happy this album is shoving the band wagon fans off the wagon! Haha


Formed: 2001 in Oklahoma City, OK

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hinder began crafting cocky, raucous post-grunge in the early 2000s, when Oklahoma City residents Joe Garvey and drummer Cody Hanson found Austin Winkler singing cover songs at a college party. The three formed the nucleus of Hinder, and the group started landing local gigs opening for such bands as Theory of a Deadman. Lineup changes brought guitarist Mark King and bassist Mike Rodden into the fold, and the quintet signed with Universal after issuing a self-released EP. Their 2005 full-length debut,...
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