Beneath the Hollow came to my attention more than a few times and simply changed my mind with their music and determination. Although I remember being skeptical about their music at first, it somehow grew in me in time and eventually led me to write about their latest EP that is worth your attention, Indoctrination (2020).
First of all, Beneath the Hollow is a project of a talented collective that shows potential. In my book, Indoctrination is a solid step forward in Beneath the Hollow’s career, but not a milestone for various reasons.
The album has the best parts out of old-school thrash metal, 2000s nu-metal, and Pantera’s groove metal influences and attitude. Beneath the Hollow made a positive impression on me even though their musical origins require more than just talent, guitar playing ability, and strong personalities.
Musically, even though the album has progressive elements in its origins, never gets more progressive than Metallica, Pantera, or Ozzy Osbourne. The energy level and fat sound immediately make a positive impact on the listener even though I haven’t been convinced by the sound design in general. Songs have progressive compositions with melodic and heavy moments, instrumentation has the tightness of the early thrash metal and familiar elements of 2000s nu-metal, whereas the vocalist, Jewell Yocum stands out with his artistic stage personality, powerful voice, and Phil Anselmo attitude.