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Hold On Pain Ends
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Studio album by The Color Morale
Released September 2, 2014 (2014-09-02)
Genre Post-hardcore
Length 44:12
Label Fearless
Producer Mike Green, Courtney Ballard
The Color Morale chronology
Know Hope
(2013)Know Hope2013
Hold on Pain Ends
(2014)
Desolate Divine
(2016)Desolate Divine2016
Singles from Hold On Pain Ends
  1. "Outer Demons"
    Released: June 23, 2014
  2. "Suicide;Stigma"
    Released: July 15, 2014
  3. "Damnaged"
    Released: August 11, 2014

Hold On Pain Ends is the fourth album from post-hardcore band The Color Morale. This marks the band's first album on Fearless Records following their departure from Rise Records. The album was released on September 2, 2014.

Background[edit]

The album title was revealed along with the band's announcement of switching record labels, from Rise to Fearless Records, in April. The band were also featured on the fifteenth installment of the Punk Goes... series, Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2 which featured their cover of Everlong by Foo Fighters that same month.[1] Further details, track listing, album artwork, and release date, were announced on July 2, 2014. The track listing revealed there would be two featured guest artists; Dave Stephens of We Came As Romans and Craig Owens of Chiodos and was produced by Mike Green.[2]

Composition[edit]

Lead singer Garrett Rapp explained to Altpress of the album's lyrical theme, stating that it discusses issues such as; self-harm and sabotage, suicide, addictions, eating disorders, abandonment along with other related topics shared with him by fans, going on to say that the record itself was made for the listener as a means of telling a story of inner beauty ignored by false belief.[3]

Promotion[edit]

In April, Alternative Press announced the nominees for their first Alternative Press Music Awards (APMAs).[4] The band released their first song off the album on June 23, two months after the initial announcements of their label switch, their new album, and their APMA nomination. The song, titled "Outer Demons", was released along with a promotional lyric video.[5] Pre-orders of the album where made available on the day the album was announced on July 2.[3] The band released their second single “Suicide;Stigma” which features guest vocals from We Came as Romans' David Stephens two weeks later.[6] On August 11 the band released their third single Damnaged, the opening track to the album.[7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[9]

The album was met with positive reviews, most citing the lyrical content, and Rapp's vocals. A reviewer for absolutepunk.net wrote "... Rapp's vocal delivery is compelling on nearly every chorus, particularly "Damnaged" and "Developing Negative". I'd say this is one of the largest reasons why I keep coming back to this record over and over again." [10] Another reviewer for Under the Gun praised the collaboration between the band and Craig Owens of Chiodos. "...most memorable mic grab comes from Chiodos’ Craig Owens on 'Developing Negative' a track that also highlights the integration of guitarists Aaron Saunders and Devin King, who have come into their own on this release." [11]

The album debuted at No. 28 on Billboard 200,[12] selling around 8,000 copies in the first week. It has sold 19,000 copies in the United States as of July 2016.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Damnaged" 3:18
2. "Outer Demons" 3:34
3. "Prey for Me" 3:36
4. "Lifeline (Left to Write)" 3:32
5. "Scar Issue" 3:10
6. "Suicide;Stigma" (feat. Dave Stephens of We Came as Romans) 3:40
7. "The Ones Forgotten by the One Forgetting" 2:08
8. "Developing Negative" (feat. Craig Owens of Chiodos) 4:36
9. "Is Happiness a Mediocre Sin?" 3:21
10. "Between You and Eye" 4:16
11. "Throw Your Roses" 4:04
12. "Hold On Pain Ends" 4:57
Total length: 44:12

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[14] 28
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[15] 6
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[16] 2
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[17] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[18] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kraus, Brian. "The Color Morale sign to Fearless Records, announce new album title". Altpress.com. Altpress. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Santos, Sarah. "The Color Morale announces album, preorders for 'Hold On Pain Ends'". Hmmagazine.com. HM Magazine. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Kraus, Brian. "Alternative Press "The Color Morale announce 'Hold On Pain Ends' album details, launch pre-orders"". Altpress.com. Altpress. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Announcing the first AP Music Awards! Get all the details and vote for your favorite artists!". Altpress. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Whitt, Cassie. "The Color Morale - "Outer Demons" lyric video premiere". Altpress.com. Altpress. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Kraus, Brian. "The Color Morale stream new single, "Suicide;Stigma" (ft. We Came As Romans' Dave Stephens)". Altpress.com. Altpress. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Color Morale Stream New Song "Damnaged"". Theprp.com. The PRP. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Album Review". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  9. ^ Monger, Timothy. "Album Review 1". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  10. ^ "The Color Morale - Hold On Pain Ends - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  11. ^ "REVIEW: The Color Morale – 'Hold On Pain Ends'". Underthegunreview.net. 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  12. ^ "The Billboard 200". Billboard. June 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on July 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ "The Color Morale Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "The Color Morale Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "The Color Morale Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "The Color Morale Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "The Color Morale Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.