The Hope Conspiracy "Death Knows Your Name" CDPosted on Friday, September 8th, 2006 @ 8:55am » permalink
I've never been a huge fan of The Hope Conspiracy, though I have enjoyed all of their past work, but "Death Knows Your Name", their latest full-length (from the mighty Deathwish Inc.), comes across with the most immediate punch of any of the band's material to date – at least to my ears. Containing 11 generally concise tracks in 35 minutes, the bulk of the songs take a fairly consistent turn towards an aggressive form of hardcore that's got a strong rock undercurrent happening. I often find the whole rock-infused hardcore thing to be relatively bland and tired myself, but this material is in another league from most of that shit, proving that The Hope Conspiracy really has a firm grasp on how to deliver such influences in a focused manner – one that includes a few scattered (and excellent) post-hardcore sounding textures and a noisy edge that never loses control or detracts from the focus of the songwriting. In addition, the vocals are pretty fuckin' fierce, which really pays off, and the blaring pulse of the Kurt Ballou recording job, as always, acts as a nice benefit to the big picture. Oh, and as if that weren't enough, the cover art on this thing is completely badass. I'm all over that shit. Awesome.
Yeah, this is great stuff. I don't think this one's been officially released yet, but the pre-orders should already be shipping from the label, so make the damn grab if you dig the tunes: