Hinder - 'All American Nightmare'
Released through Universal Republic in 2010
Austin Winkler - vocals
Joe "blower" Garvey - guitar & vocals
Mark King - guitar, piano, vocals
Mike Rodden - bass & vocals
Cody Hanson - drums
1.) "2 Sides Of Me" - The small synthesizer that opens this intro section is very reminescent to the one that opens Dio's "Holy Diver". Connecting this small intro with the musical pre-verse are three Austin vocal accents. The middle accents sounded double tracked. The pre-verse consisted of the lyric lines laced in between the musical arrangements. There is a rhythm change for the musical verse. For the drum line of the musical verse Cody switched to a standard hi-hat rhythm to a tom-tom pattern. There is a small snare fill connecting the musical verse and musical chorus. The last lyric line of the second pre-chorus consisted of a small vocal echo. After the second chorus there is a small rhythm guitar change leading into the lead guitar solo. Austin sings a vocal accent over the top of the lead guitar solo section.
2.) "All American Nightmare" - this track opens with an amplified acoustic guitar rhythm over the top of a bass line. There is a small evil laugh and Austin screams "let's go" connecting the amplified acoustic arrangement with the musical verse. The rhythm riff Joe & Mark play on this musical verse has a mean hook to it. The main instrumentation underneath the lyric lines of the verse is actually the bass line. The rhythm guitar that opened the musical verse is the same one they use for the chorus. The lyric lines of the second verse had a small echo attached to them. After the second chorus there is a small slide riff leading to the breakdown section. Though the lead guitar solo for this track was very short it was as intense as the rest of the song.
3.) "What Ya Gonna Do" - The intro to this ballad opens with an acoustic picking rhythm. For the musical verse they switch the acoustic picking rhythm to a strumming rhythm. There is a rhythm change for the musical chorus. Instead of a electric rhythm for the musical chorus. The electric guitar plays lead fills that follow along with the lyric lines. The hook of the chorus is amazing!!!! There are little lead licks connecting the lyric lines of the second verse. The solo for this track was perfectly written for this type of song! The coda consisted of just lead & backing vocals.
4.) "Hey Ho" -This track opens with a record scratching effect. The musical intro for this track had a very simple laid back feel to it. Over the top of the intro Austin sings a small Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) vocal accent. The guys used the same rhythm for the musical verse as the one for the intro section. After the last lyric line of the verse there is a small lead guitar effect that leads to the musical change of the musical chorus. The band kept the chorus very simple. There is a small lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. The major lead guitar solo is after the second chorus. The coda for this track was done acoustically.
5.) "The Life" - This is just an amazing ballad that is very reminiscent to a lot of the ballads Jon Bon jovi has written.
6.) "Waking up The Devil" - This track opens with a small laugh before going into the intro section. The guitar rhythm of this intro section was done using a lead guitar riff instead of a rhythm. The rhythm guitar of the musical verse was done with an electric picking rhythm. There is a rhythm change for the musical chorus. After the first chorus there is a intro repeat to lead to the next verse. The next verse is actually a pre-verse. Cody switches from a hi-hat rhythm to a snare rhythm for this section of music. After the pre-verse there is a chorus arrangement. After the second chorus there is a lead guitar solo.
7.) "Red Tail Lights" - The intro to this track consisted of a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the arrangement. I thought the minor solo was very reminiscent of minor solos that were written by a lot of hard rock bands of the eighties. The rhythm change and rhythm of the musical verse was done using an effects pedal. The choruses of this song are just amazing!!!! There is a lead guitar solo connecting the second and third choruses.
8.) "Striptease" -The intro to this track consisted of a lead guitar riff over the top of a separate rhythm guitar. The rhythm guitar arrangements are laced in between the lyric lines. Cody switches to a tom-tom pattern underneath each lyric line for the verse. The chorus had a huge hook to it. The lead guitar solo is after the second chorus.
9.) "Everybody's Wrong" - As a hinder fan this track completely blew me away!!!!!
10.) "Put That Record On" - Before the musical intro of this track you can hear the special effects of a record player. There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro arrangement. There is a small arrangement change for the musical verse. The drum line of the musical verse consisted of Cody using a wood block. Laced within the lyrics are actual titles of rock songs. Laced underneath the lyric lines of all the verses are little minor lead guitar solos.
With 'All American Nightmare' Hinder is continuing down the same rock 'n' roll path that not only they started down in 2005 but also countless other bands such a Aerosmith and many others have traveled down. With each release Hinder has gotten so good musically that every song on 'All American Nightmare' could and should have been released as a single. Of the three CD's that Hinder has released this is by far the best!