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H2O - Nothing to Prove
The story of H2O started in 1994 when Sick Of It All roadie Toby Morse felt he had to do something with vocals skills. So it happened that in 1996 the first album of H2O hit the streets. A lot of people were surprised by this band that combined the power of hardcore with some nice melodic vocals. Here we are 14 years later and I’m holding their fifth album in my hands. Since it’s predecessor wasn’t a great success and the band was put on hold for several years I thought this moment would never come.
 
The first time I put it into my CD player I was a bit skeptical because Go wasn’t really their greatest album. A lot of thoughts came to mind at that point. Do they still got it? What if it really sucked? Luckily for me at the first tones of ‘1995’ all my fears disappeared, a great riff that starts the album which makes you immediately want to mosh through your room. It took me literally seconds to realize H2O did it again.
 
After this, it's on with ‘Nothing To Prove’ with guest vocals from Roger Miret, which is not the only guest appearance on this album. Freddy Cricien from Madball is joining Toby on ‘A Thin Line’. CIV assists on ‘Still Here’ and of course SOIA's Lou Koller also did a nice addition on ‘Fairweather Friend’ and ‘What Happened’.

Lyrically H2O brings a rather personal album. The major example for this is 'Sunday', which handels the death of Toby's father on a Sunday and the birth of his child also on a Sunday. This is not the only example, whether it’s about the struggle of every day life in ‘Heart On My Sleeve’ and ‘Unconditional’ or about the people that are ruining the hardcore scene with fake music and poser lyrics in ‘What Happened’, Toby is singing from his own personal view and brings it with a lot of passion and you instantly get some sympathy for him and his crew.
 
It’s pretty obvious H2O made a killer record with great songs that are easily to sing along and give you great positive feeling of understanding. In the end it brings up one great dilemma. I really like the album and it’s right where H2O had left with F.T.T.W and it’s a must have for every fan of melodical hardcore so I probably should give them a 100 points. There’s just two things that withhold me from doing this. First one is they let me wait for seven years for another album and the second one is that the album lasts for half an hour and that doesn’t satisfy my hunger for more.
H2O - Nothing to Prove
99/1001Details Bridge Nine Records
Released on Tuesday May 27th, 2008
Hardcore

Writer @Niamen on Friday Jul 18th, 2008

Tags: #H2O
Tracklisting 1. 1995
2. Nothing to Prove
3. Sunday
4. Thin Line
5. Unconditional
6. Still Here
7. Fairweather Friend
8. Heart on My Sleeve
9. Mitts
10. What Happened?
Line up Toby Morse - Vocals
Adam Blake - Bass
Todd Morse - Guitar
Rusty Pistachio - Guitar
Todd Friend - Drums
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