(hed) p.e. - Truth Rising Review
Posted by Bill Wannop on 11.02.2010
(hed) p.e. return with their new album Truth Rising. Does the band speak the truth and bring their sound full circle, or will you be rising to hit eject?
(hed) p.e. is a veteran band that performs a style of music that they like to call G-Punk, which fuses elements of punk, rock and hip hop as well as heavy metal and reggae. They released their first album in 1994 and since then has released a total of seven major albums, with the Truth Rising being their latest entity. While their previous releases, have had a barrage of guest spots featured on them, their newest album is mostly all (hed) p.e., with the lone guest spot being filled by Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust. Does this lack of guest spots enable (hed) p.e. to go back to their roots, and bring back their sounds from their early albums? Lets find out.
1. "Silence Is Betrayal (Intro)"
2. "Truth Rising"
3. "It's All Over"
4. "The Capitalist Conspiracy (Intro)"
5. "No Rest For The Wicked"
6. "This Fire"
8. "Stand Up (feat. Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust)"
9. "Beijo Na Boca (Intro)"
11. "Universal Peace (Intro)"
12. "Forward Go!"
13. "Bad News"
14. "Deepthroat (Intro)"
16. "The Hed Honcho (Outro)"
17. "Children Of The Fall"
18. "Enough Secrecy (Intro)"
19. "No More Secrets"
21. "We Are The Ones (Intro)"
22. "It's Alright!"
Truth Rising begins where their last album New World Orphans left off with freedom and independencebeing the main message, in the form of anti-government intros laced throughout the whole album. The album starts off well with the title track Truth Rising which allows lead vocalist Jarod to display his vocal power over a nice beat, however the track is unfortunately short, leading it more to a musical intro then an official track. The album continues with It’s All Over which again has a good chorus, but the verses feature a screechy voice effect, which I feel ruins the track.
The album finally hits its stride on the first single No Rest for the Wicked which is one of the best tracks on the CD, and is reminiscent of their earlier work, with decent rhymes on the verses, laced with heavy guitars throughout the tracks. The song basically is about beating the capitalist of society and making them pay, and they even throw in an Anderson Silva reference, which makes it all the better.
The mixture of the groups style comes in on songs such as This Fire which has mega punk elements but is still a heavy track, and Takeover which is more of a hip hop track over a heavy guitar beat. The changes in style or G Punk sound as the group calls it is very hit and miss. Tracks like Minimia are just bizarre, with its crazy content and punk sound as well as No More Secrets with its miss mash of every style make it very miss. However tracks such as Forward Go and Bad News which will mostly remind you of a System of a Down song, are somewhat hit.
The main problem with the album is that the mixing of styles just does not seem to work, for whatever reason. The strongest tracks are the tracks that are mostly rock, and even then the majority of times, the chorus will be good, but the verses in between will be mediocre, making for an awkward song where the listener is waiting or skips ahead for the chorus. A prime example of this is on Children of the Fall where the chorus is quite catchy but the verses just are not up to par.
The stand out gem on the album comes in the form of Stand Up which features the raspy voice of Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust. The chorus is catchy and it is one of the rare times on the album that the track is made better by the verses in between them. For this track everything works, and again it shows what type of tracks (hed) p.e. can make if they can get all the elements they possess in sync.
All and all the album feels disjointed, which I think it is supposed to, given the blending of styles that the band displays, however the blending of styles just does not seem to come off right. The punk and more hiphop-ish type of tracks are the weaker tracks of the album and the constant intros get very repetitive. As well the message that the band is trying to get across is quite apparent, but they continuously hit you over the head with it, which may have affected the overall enjoyment of the entire cd. While the disc is not all bad, the disjointed tracks, and weak verses make you skipping parts of the songs to get to your favorite parts.
The 411: (hed) p.e. return with an album that is all over the place and just doesn't seem to come out right. The punk and more hiphop-ish type of tracks are the weaker tracks of the album and the constant intros get very repetitive.While the disc is not all bad, the disjointed tracks, and weak verses make you skipping parts of the songs to get to your favorite parts.