The Separation, the debut album from Hollow Heart, serves up some heavy-hitting sounds, delivering a consistent brutal assault on the listener. It’s a healthy dosage of tight drums, cutting guitars and guttural vocals and is, start to finish, a top-shelf production of technical precision.
The guitars are masterfully played over a pummeling foundation of machine-like drums and powerful bass. The tones are just what you want to hear for a record in this genre. The drums are perfectly consistent, the guitars feel alive and crisp, the bass is matched very well to the wall of guitars and drums, and the intensely delivered vocals teem with authenticity.
The nine-track album has little to pick at from front-to-back. Album highlights include “Oathkeeper” and its epic breakdown, or the offbeat and haunting “Skull and Steel.” The album’s title track “The Separation” is also stellar, a surefire listen.