FINEST HOUR: The Color Morale

Getting into a new band can sometimes seem like a rather daunting task, especially if their recorded material surpasses a few albums. Maybe you want to get into a band who’s supporting one of your favourites on tour, maybe you want to see if the hype is justified, or maybe you just want to discover new music. Whatever the reason, FINEST HOUR is here to whittle down your new favourite band’s material into just one hour of play time.

The Color Morale, on track to release their 4th studio album, keep going from strength to strength and have amassed an immense following since their album release back in 2009. Currently on Warped Tour over in the US, they will be releasing their newest album ‘Hold On Pain Ends‘ on September 2nd, just before coming over to the UK to tour with The Word Alive.


OUTER DEMONS (from Hold On Pain Ends)
The Color Morale’s first single off their newest album ‘Hold On Pain Ends‘ continues Garret Rapp’s focus on writing lyrics with meaning behind them.

SUICIDE;STIGMA (from Hold On Pain Ends)
Kicking off with some heavy bass which is then continually changed depending on whether clean or unclean vocals are used, the newest single from Hold On Pain Ends hits a topic rarely covered musically.


EVERLONG (from Punk Goes 90s 2)
With a reputation of being one of Foo Fighters‘ best songs, Garret Rapp powers through it amazingly alongside drumming from Steve Carey to rival that of Dave Grohl.


IN LIGHT IN ME (from Know Hope)
The whole album of Know Hope is chock full of the best lyrics to get you out a bad situation and this is no exception.

SAVIORSELF (from Know Hope)
Saviorself is a shining example of the creative writing skills that are used throughout every song in Know Hope and shows off Garret’s vocal range.

STEADFAST (from Know Hope)
Featuring some immense guitar work that works perfectly alongside the vocals, Steadfast continues Know Hope’s line of inspirational lyrics.

HOLE HEARTED (from Know Hope)
Similar to Steadfast where the guitar works in parallel with Garret’s vocals, but with an immense intro from the drummer Steve Carey and even then, his work cannot be missed throughout.

BURN VICTIMS (from Know Hope)
The first song off Know Hope, Burn Victims kicks off the album powerfully showing off the visceral power in store especially with Rapp’s ability to easily switch between aggressive and clean vocals.


WHEN ONE WAS DESOLATE (from We All Have Demons)
Off the first studio album, When One Was Desolate just shows how far The Color Morale have come and how much they’ve changed with more of a focus on unclean vocals.

HOPES ANCHOR (from We All Have Demons)
Hopes Anchor is one of the best songs where it’s all about the instrumentals, where everyone shows the power they hold over what they play.


NERVE ENDINGS (from My Devil In Your Eyes)
Nerve Endings more of a post-hardcore feel that they have been labelled as especially from the drums, but Garret’s cleaner vocals are never far away though.

HUMAN(S)BEING (from My Devil In Your Eyes)
Being fast paced and the lacking the usual studio tune-ups just makes this song so much better with crafty workmanship from the drums to pack in as much punch as possible.

THE DYING HYMN (from My Devil In Your Eyes)
Possibly one of the few songs where you can clearly hear the bassist and he takes his opportunity to fill it with hard hitting riffs.

QUOTE ON QUOTE (from My Devil In Your Eyes)
Showing off their post-hardcore roots, Quote On Quote is a prime example of the quality that The Color Morale can produce even with its simple breakdowns.

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by Sean Shore