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Bolm stresses that everything he writes about is deeply personal, and indeed his honesty shines through on the new album; his tortured screams create a sense of a man shredding his throat to fully exorcise the demons in his head. Lead-off track "Just Exist" starts with his wailing in self-deprecation: "I was once asked how I'd like to be remembered / And I simply smiled and said, 'I'd rather stay forever' / It was possibly my loudest cliché."
"You can tell when someone is screaming because they think that's what they are supposed to do in an aggressive band," Bolm says. "But you can also tell when someone is screaming because they mean it. If I hear a voice crack in a song, and they don't take it out, that's passion."
Perhaps this is why Touché Amoré are speaking loudly to hardcore kids right now. Instead of wrapping themselves in fake angst and crummy metaphors, they get straight to the heart of things.
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