ARTIST: OUR HOLLOW, OUR HOME
TITLE: IN MOMENT // IN MEMORY
LABEL: //HOLLOW MUSIC
RATING: 8 /10
WORDS: JACK MOBLEY
Our Hollow, Our Home have been simmering under the surface for a few years now but in a saturated UK metalcore scene that boasts some big hitters in the form Bury Tomorrow and While She Sleeps, ‘OHOH’ are hoping that the incredibly emotive and hard-hitting In Moment // In Memory will rise to the top instead being washed away in the tide (pardon the metalcore cliché). The Southampton outfit’s sophomore album is extremely emotional in its tone. Clean vocalist and guitarist, Tobias Young, lost his father in an aggressive and short 4-month battle to cancer, and this is what much of the deep feeling for the album draws on.
After completely starting anew following Young’s father passing, the album is structured around the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, with each stage introduced with a brief interlude followed by two songs taking an in-depth look into the struggles of dealing with death and loss. This paces the album well and gives real clarity between ideas and themes. Whereas other albums similar in style have the potential for filler, every second on this album has a genuine (and important) purpose or message.
“A record that leaves nothing out “
This emotional journey that OHOH have created is curated through the music with ‘//Denial’ and ‘//Anger’ being uber aggressive to match the moods described. The angst is heard too in lead single ‘In Moment’ which has Young desperately singing ‘And I can’t believe, can’t believe what my eyes can see unfolding in front of me’. Then the guitars drop and unclean vocalist, Connor Hallisey unleashes his demonly voice into the ungodly breakdown. The most brutal moment on the album is certainly during the ‘//Anger’ interlude when the guitars sound like a hive of angry bees being caught in a wood chipper.
The middle section of ‘//Bargaining’ is a bit of a miss, slightly falling into a ‘copy and paste’ format and on the first few listens it can pass you by. But the moody and atmospheric nature of the following section, ‘//Depression’ picks up the pace and energy with the double bass rolling through ‘Speak of Sorrow’.
“If this doesn’t turn heads for Our Hollow, Our Home then we’re not sure what will. “
The more sombre songs towards the end of the album during the ‘//Acceptance’ stage is where the band shine, as the intense and emotional journey to this point has led to the end of the album which conveys an uplifting message. ‘Parting Gift’ has some very real and inspiring lyrics, urging listeners to “take nothing for granted and cherish you family ‘cos the hands of time wait for no one like they didn’t wait for me.”
This album is in an introspective look at one’s psyche when we experience loss, and it’s very apparent that this is as raw and open as they get while maintaining an element of musicality that compliments the emotion impeccably. If this doesn’t turn heads for Our Hollow, Our Home then we’re not sure what will. The sound may not be considered ground breaking, or something that hasn’t been seen before, but the emotion that’s been poured into this album and story that’s been constructed on this 45-minute experience is superb. A record that leaves nothing out and is essentially Young’s coping mechanism through the loss of a close family member should be applauded.