Hundred Reasons looked finished when they were unceremoniously dropped from their previous label Sony, and it looked as if one of Britain's most promising underground rock bands would never be heard from again. After Shatterproof Is Not A Challenge, to some people this wasn't an altogether bad thing.
Being a big fan of most of their previous work and their excellent immersing live performances, I was pretty happy when I heard they were finally recording a new record. And I was even happier when I bought it because, put simply, it's a blinder.
Colin and co really, really needed to make this album a step up from everything they ever did before, it needed to be more of Ideas Above Our Station and less of Shatterproof Is Not A Challenge, and that is the general direction they've moved in. It's loud, exciting and clever.
It opens up with a bang, with what I think is one of their best tracks, Broken Hands, which is meaty and bigheaded and a very strong opening track. The first single, Kill Your Own is also the title track and follows Broken Hands quite nicely in the bone-shattering riff theme. Other high points are Destroy, Feed The Fire, No Pretending, and the cautious closer Breath Again.
There's still the odd track in there that I feel could have been improved on a bit, and they include The Chance and A Better Way?, which is brutal but a bit none-directional. People have complained about the drumming being lazy but to be honest I find no fault with it, it's not brilliant but it doesn't let the album down in any way. All round, Kill Your Own is solid, and it's Hundred Reasons great third album, for fans of Icarus Line, Hell Is For Heroes and Biffy Clyro.