H2O - Nothing To Prove

H2O - Nothing To Prove

10 songs
29:03 minutes
***** ****
Bridge Nine


Since their inception in 1994, New York hardcore band H2O has been known as an institution in that genre. They released four albums until 2001, and now seven years later, they are unexpectedly back with their new record Nothing To Prove.

H2O are sounding so authentic that it’s hard to believe that there has been such a long break. Nothing To Prove sounds like an album from more than a decade ago, free of any modern influences. The songs rarely make it over the three minute border and sound as easy and uncomplicated as in the Nineties. Most of the time they are very fast with the necessary aggressive punch, but they never lack sheer amounts of melodies and catchiness. It’s been a long time since a hardcore band has sounded so fresh. Each and every track can be recommended although I mostly fell for Unconditional, Heart On My Sleeve and What Happened?. Those who liked Gorilla Biscuits and Black Flag in their prime will certainly not make it past this CD.

To make things even more interesting, there’s a huge number of guest artists present: Roger Miret (Agnostic Front), Lou Koller (Sick Of It All), Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), Freddy Cricien (Madball) and Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), making this, more or less, a who-is-who of NYHC. Hardcore fans should check out this comeback album. I wouldn’t have expected so much from H2O after their long time off.

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