STRENGTH BEHIND TEARS
BRIDGES BETWEEN US
Orange County, CA seems to be to metalcore what Sweden is to death and black metal, yet the five young men which comprise Strength Between Tears try and shake that theory up a bit on their 10-track release BRIDGES BETWEEN US. Armed with a flurry of screamo vocals, chugging guitars, and melodic choruses aplenty, songs like "November Tenth" and "Up To You" have all the makings your basic metalcore album. Yet when digging a bit deeper, you can see the cracks in the faultline, as tracks like "In These Times of Hatred" and the acoustic instrumental "In The Beginning" keep both the listener and band on their toes with significant time switches and genre-bending. Meshing Comeback Kid, Thrice, and Underoath seems a bit ordinary on paper, but when infused with the passion these lads bring to the table, the game is unquestionably raised.