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Stubborn Will

Stubborn Will are a powerful new melodic hardcore band smashing their way out of the deep forests around Spokane, Washington, USA. Formed in 2019 and drawing influences from melodic hardcore and new wave punk, they’ve created a musical hybrid that incorporates the aggressive/poetic energy of hardcore, while keeping the in your face tone of punk.


Stubborn Will is very keen on spreading a message of resilience towards life’s unpredictable, and ruthless way of tearing you down. The band are all long time friends who’ve been playing shows together in different bands for some years


Contempt is Stubborn Will’s debut release, a blistering five track CD EP of intense but melodic hardcore with a message.


Stubborn Will is:

Alek Browning: Guitar/vocals

Ashton Adams: Drums

Cade Brown: Bass

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Here’s another one from the recent Engineer Records batch. I have to admit I wasn’t familiar with this group, but their sound blew me away as soon as I pressed play. Stubborn Will is a brand new melodic hardcore trio from Spokane, Washington, USA. As far as I am informed, this particular recording is their debut material, but the group already released a couple of singles, such as Grieved and Contempt. Everything about Stubborn Will is unique. From their characteristic sound to visual aesthetics, the group pays a lot of attention to every single detail. Therefore, I would like to talk a little bit more about their debut extended play named Contempt.

Contempt carries five energetic melodic hardcore compositions that will suit even the pickiest fans of modern hardcore. However, Stubborn Will incorporated even more ingredients into their sound. Besides the sheer dominance of melodic hardcore, you may also notice some elements of post-hardcore, hardcore punk, metalcore, melodic punk rock, pop-punk indie, and emo. The trio experiments with all these ingredients, but somehow remains loyal to melodic hardcore direction. Stubborn Will invests equal shares of calmness, emotiveness, aggression, and dynamics into their music. Their music easily transits from aggressive and energetic segments into more melodic, calmy, soothing parts, but the group also gets back to robust modern hardcore waters with such ease. Each composition offers countless sonic delicacies, melodies, harmonies, themes, chord progressions, powerful shreds, and it’s nearly mindblowing how the trio stacked up all these ideas within five songs.

Each number has a perfect structure, every segment is thoughtfully assembled and arranged, so you’ll solely enjoy it from scratch to finish. The screaming lead vocals are adding even more aggression over the top, but somehow you’ll notice emotiveness punching somewhere from beneath. Stubborn Will embraces every single subgenre of hardcore music under its branch, and the group does it pretty damn well. No matter if you’re into melodic hardcore or not, you’ll love this material. Contempt EP comes on compact disc and digital. You can pre-order it at Engineer Records. Head over to their website for more information about ordering

-Djordje Miladinović


Devolution Magazine:

With only five tracks this is really an EP, but the songs are good enough to make it feel more like an album. It also really does not sound like there are only three band members, with some quite intricate sound structures. If shouty lyrics are your thing then this is for you, with what sounds like a cross between Bring Me The Horizon and Funeral For A Friend. No real highlights to talk of, each song standing on their own well enough. Listen through in order and don't hit shuffle as the songs flow together to tell a story. 

-Mark Bestford

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