HTD | Happiness Through Drinking

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Happiness Through Drinking

by HTD

This band will attack your senses with their infectious rhythms and driving vocals.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Get Some
3:25 $0.99
2. Drop
3:45 $0.99
3. Ed
4:21 $0.99
4. Pray For Me
4:22 $0.99
5. HTD
3:46 $0.99
6. Vent
4:28 $0.99
7. Against the Grain
4:39 $0.99
8. Rise
3:48 $0.99
9. Welcome
8:01 $0.99
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This CD is currently out of print. Please check out our latest album "HTD - Healing Through Distortion" available at the following location:



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album is great!
I knew as soon as I heard HTD preform their first song at the Nothingface show at Fletcher's I wanted to buy their album. I've been listening to it ever since I got it. I can't wait until their next album comes out.


An excellent piece of work. Welcome to HTD's World
HTD is a five man band from the Baltimore area who readily admits their agression through their music. They also have been Co-produced by Frank Marchand (Nothingface, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, .Click.), which gave the CD an impressive edge as well. Starting things out for them on this CD is a great track, "Get Some", which represents the band very well in its sound. Their style is one that is very heavy, but not overwhelming like a lot of bands today tend to be. As a group, they have a sound like many others in the industry today, yet they step apart from that just enough to give themselves a sound they can call their own. Each song is a great example of the different facets that each members posseses. Also, their talent is truely shown in the closing track of the album, "Welcome", which is an eight minute song taking the listener straight into HTD's world, great way to end the CD! I feel that this CD is an excellent piece of work, and if the band continues to grow, they will be nothing but awesome as time goes on. Great job guys, keep this shit up!

Jason Taylor -

driving riffs and incredible drumming will have fans coming back for more
HTD are the type of band that could be compared to multiple other groups, yet have something special that sets them apart from any such comparisons. Throughout the album, there are similarities to bands such as Vision of Disorder, Alice in Chains, Rollins Band, and Pantera, yet HTD commit to no one format to project their music. Todd Kight and Joe Skidmore impress with true guitar talent, and their dual electric onslaught is a highlight on the album.

Terrific examples of HTD at their best are tracks such as Get Some, Against the Grain and Rise, three songs which stay away from the hip-hop flow and align themselves with driving riffs and incredible drumming. The album is wrapped up with the epic instrumental Welcome, which carries the listener through a distorted dreamscape of noise. As this cataclysmic storm thunders all around, one truly sees the potential that HTD possess. As the track winds down, you are left exhausted from the events that just took place, and that feeling is what will draw many back to HTD's album.


Heavy and Intense
HTD - Happiness Through Drinking [Independent]

HTD is an unsigned local band from Baltimore who's self-proclaimed style is "Drunkcore". HTD is apparently an abbreviation for "Happiness Through Drinking", it's also the title of their self-released debut album.

While their site has them labeled as Rapcore, their music stylings are a little more complex than just plain rapcore. They borrow elements from rapcore, heavy metal, hardcore, and flat out rock and roll. A song where you can practically all of these elements in the same song is "Drop". Although they do use the rapcore style in most of their songs, when they decide not to use it, it can be quite interesting.

HTD vocalist Scott Berry blends a many different vocal styles on this album. At some points he can be remeniscent of the late great Layne Staley of Alice in Chains. Sometimes he'll go on a rant in speaking tone the middle of the song, a style made popular in hardcore bands such as Poison the Well, but more than often he pulls off the textbook nu-metal scream the majority of the time. All the time while he's not doing these styles, however, he is rapping, which is a novelty that is starting to wear thin and started about a year ago.

The music, on the other hand, is heavy and intense. This CD is typically laced with nu-metal riffs, however every so often you will hear hints of hardcore music as opposed to the generic power chords, which is a nice break. The only bad sounding part on this CD is the drums. The guitars, bass, and vocals came clear fine. The drums on the other hand came through a little weak in the sound department. The actual drumming is quite good though. Had the drums been recorded better, this album's sound would be flawless.

The band does, to much surprise, pull of a long instrumental track, entitled "Welcome", which shows off the bands diversity. But, like it's been said repeatedly in this review, it's laced with nu-metal inspired riffs and lyrics. When they decide to go into their more hardcore and heavy metal songs, they can pull it off with ease, and I feel if they worked on perfecting it, they could be one hell of a hardcore band. The rapcore genre is slowly dying, and there are few bands left who are good at doing it. HTD is quite good at it, but to be honest, I think they'd be much better off sticking with the other musical styles they scatter around on this album, and if they stick to those, I'd say they have a bright future ahead of them.

Logan, DigitalNoise.Net - 08.01.02 Sound Quality 9
Production 9
Originality 7
Replay Value 8
Reviewers Tilt 8

Derek Showerman, 12/01

One of the best and unique independent projects of the year!
HTD (Happiness Through Drinking) Independent

HTD is taking the Maryland scene by storm! Now before you go off thinking these guys are a bunch of drunks, think again. Just because HTD stands for "Happiness Through Drinking" does not mean they are not serious about their craft. In fact they are probably one the most serious Indie bands I have come across in my years at A well thought out press packet accompanies their self-titled debut disc. Co-produced by Frank Marchand (Nothingface, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, .Click.) HTD takes you on a journey into the world "old school" metal. Thick riffs, and smashing breakdowns will make you think of a Pantera and Nothingface hybrid. At the end of the disc you won't be saying "Oh another drunk band", HTD will be stamped into your mind as a band that will one day have the world by the balls.

With the opening lick of "Get Some" you know instantly HTD is all about tearing a new asshole into the world. Berry's vocals are resilient as they scream their way into your conscience. At times you get to hear Berry do some singing parts; they come across creepy, but the screams are balls out metal! Kight and Skidmore create a sound that will ignite any pit. Furious drums collide with the axe riffs to create an opening track that will draw blood.
"Drop" starts off with a series of screams, and some crushing harmonics. From there the band gives you some more testosterone until Berry sings with a frantic flare about him. His clear channel vocals sound a little bit like Brett Michaels from Poison, only Berry's not gay like Poison. There are some subtle rap bits that fit, and the music is just fucking nasty! It's all about making pits move!

When I first heard "Pray For Me" I thought Pantera. Grooving licks that are Dimebag greet you. From there Berry comes in singing again, only to peel off his happy side unleash those trademark screams. There are some breakdowns that will create movement in any environment. Couple that with Berry spiting out demon after demon and you are left with yet another just nasty track!

HTD is the perfect balance of melodies, heavy breakdowns, minor rapping bits, and all out destruction. You will be hard pressed to find a band that can incorporate some modern day musical trends with old school metal licks, while being able to keep it unique!

Keep an eye peeled for these guys, and do yourself the favor and get yourself a copy of this disc, it is refreshing like a beer at the end of the work week. Drink it up!

Derek's Scale of 1 to 10: 9, one of the best and unique independent projects of the year!

Suggested Tracks: "Get Some", "Drop", "Pray For Me", "Against The Grain".

Bob Frapples, Music Monthly 12/01

A modern metal masterpiece
HTD - Happiness Through Drinking [Independent]

Has this ever happened to you? You're driving down the road and you get behind a car that has a license plate from a state where you used to live and for a brief moment, you think you're back in that state? I call it geographic displacement. Happens more frequently than I care to admit. I had a similar reaction while listening to HTD's monstrous self-titled CD. During "Get Some", the disc's brutal opener, I momentarily thought I was in northern New Jersey listening to WSOU, the infamous college station which has been bringing cutting-edge metal to the tri-state masses for the past 15 years.

Somehow, HTD have created a modern metal masterpiece, very reminiscent of the famed Brooklyn/Staten Island/North Jersey sound. HTD blends the brutality of newer Biohazard with the forward-thinking rhythms of Brooklyn neighbors Candiria and the agro vocal stylings of Jersey's heroes, Dillinger Escape Plan. Far from being a one-trickster, HTD's vocalist is also adept at blending hip-hop into the mix without sounding like every other rap-core band. But that's just the beginning. The track "HTD" starts off with a killer bass figure before slamming into a super slick and slinky vibe that sounds like a modern-day treatment of The Nuge's "Strangehold".

The disc's closer, oddly titled "Welcome" ventures into stoner-rock territory with trippy vocals, ambient drone guitars and a complete disregard for verse/chorus confinement. Kudos to producer Frank Marchand for capturing the raw output of a very talented band. I hope to be hearing more from HTD the next time I find myself on 95 north heading towards Gotham.