Hundredth: Free

South Carolina metalcore crew make up for lost time

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After putting on a solid showing on the road with While She Sleeps and Cancer Bats, Hundredth have likely received a long-overdue profile boost given the five years since their first full-length Let Go.

The good news is that Hopeless debut Free is another decent slab of post-Architects metalcore, with big-hitters Unravel, Inside Out, Isolation and anthemic closer Burdens in particular showcasing the South Carolina crew’s penchant for merging crushing, metallic riffage, gruelling breakdowns and throat-scorching roar-alongs to maximum effect.

A couple of subtly interwoven melodies within the likes of Daze would suggest that the five-piece have been paying close attention to their recent tourmates’ work, but it’s no criticism – it makes for a compelling listen. In a world that’s seen Lost Forever // Lost Together and This Is The Six pass through its ranks in recent times, Hundredth have yet to produce something that’ll push them to the top of the pack, but Free is definitely worth your time.

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.