Phoenix, Arizona's hardcore crew Run With the Hunted have released their brand new full-length album, The Sieve and the Sand, on Panic Records. This release, arguably the band's best to date, is seven heavy, sometimes chaotic, sometimes a little slowed down and marked by a palpable urgency, The Sieve and the Sand is a brilliantly composed and executed collection of musical offerings from one of the scenes undeniably standout bands. Lyrically, these songs have a lot to offer, with sharp observations, the conveyance of deep thoughts and strong feelings, at times even darkly poetic, and wholly engrossing. But it is not simply the lyrics; it is the way they are delivered along with the music that makes them so effective.
The Sieve and the Sand opens with "Silent Spring," which will undoubtedly appeal to fans of Converge, with its brutal, hyper beginning and brief hardcore punk moments and screamed vocals. "Line of Dissent" has a few elements in common with the opener in that it is mostly a full-on musical assault, but it also has a killer breakdown in the middle with a great drum part and mighty, emotive vocals. "Mea Culpa," probably my favorite on this album, is a heavy yet flowing piece of music, with powerful vocals, and equally powerful lyrics consistent with the title, detailing the failure of his heart and mind to prompt him to certain actions because this world has broken him. The title track, "The Sieve and the Sand," is the longest song on this release at over five minutes, and a hard but decidedly slower offering, the focus of which is clearly the vocal delivery and the lyrical content which is built around a very specific personal stance in today's sociopolitical climate - Because you can never take what was never yours / My mind is mine / This is a quest for authenticity / This is a rejection of complicity / In a system that I never had a choice in / Living a life I could never find a voice in / No truth / Know Freedom / Know truth / No delusions.
For fans of Converge, Weak Teeth, The Saddest Landscape, Integrity, My Fictions, etc.