Combining raw riffs with big hooks and vocal harmonies, Hinder take their cues from rock legends like Aerosmith, AC/DC, KISS and Guns N'Roses, and update them with modern guitar sounds. Now they are seeing how far they can push themselves musically and physically with the rowdy but melodic Take It to the Limit.
So, the album’s called Take It to the Limit
and there’s a song called "Without You." Yet, the title isn’t an Eagles homage and the tune’s not a Crüe cover. That, of course, is a major part of Hinder’s appeal—the Oklahoma City throwbacks conjure rock gods of the past while administering equal doses of power ballads and headbangers that are entirely their own. First single "Use Me" is all aggression and posture, the guitars conjuring AC/DC’s "Thunderstruck" before erupting into, well, Angus-approved power chords. "Without You," though, is right in Hinder’s wheelhouse—the textured Bic-flicker isn’t immediately distinguishable from biggest hit "Lips of an Angel," especially with frontbro Austin Winkler’s unmistakable drawl front and center. Yet it’s a surprisingly mature break-up ballad, as he raises a toast to the one that got away for inspiring his canon. The press will continue to underestimate these guys, and they’ll continue to sell boatloads.