Bishop - Hate Wide Open

Bishop Hate Wide Open cover
Hate Wide Open
Formed in 1998, Bishop is a hard/heavy rock act from Albany NY, who describe themselves as a “power trio”, consisting of brothers: Tom Semeraro (Guitars, Lead Vocals), Rocco Semeraro (Drums, Vocals), and Vinny Padula (Bass, Vocals). Their new album “Hate Wide Open” is a crossover between Stone Sour and Helmet.
How may I put it? It’s an OK album, but not a great one. The songs may be kinda enjoyable and rocking, but they’re highly generic and unoriginal. In other words, it’s not the sort of record that will annoy you in order to turn it off, but at the same time it doesn’t quite keep your attention intact. Personally, throughout the whole album, I got the feeling that I’ve heard it all so many times before. However, to give credit where credit is due, the guitar work in “Hate Wide Open” is nothing to laugh about. And while we’re on that subject, it’s more than obvious that Tom Semeraro (guitar/lead vocals) is a huge Slash fan.
Actually, it’s not just the guitar work that’s more than decent. The entire band is pretty tight. It’s the compositions that are a little unimaginative, which brings the whole thing down. If I had to single out the album’s highlights those would have to be “Pretty Young”, “Free Fall” and “Awaken”.
In conclusion, “Hate Wide Open” is a good alternative metal/heavy rock record to be playing in the background while you drive or hang out with friends. But that’s all about it.