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Hopesfall

Hopesfall: The Satellite YearsThe Satellite Years (2002)
Trustkill Records

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When I first read about Hopesfall, they were being hailed as music in the vein of Poison the Well. After my first listen, I had to agree, but the later comparison for me went to From Autumn to Ashes. Now I am a huge fan of FATA, and therefore, "The Satellite Years" was something that latched on to.
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When I first read about Hopesfall, they were being hailed as music in the vein of Poison the Well. After my first listen, I had to agree, but the later comparison for me went to From Autumn to Ashes. Now I am a huge fan of FATA, and therefore, "The Satellite Years" was something that latched on to me quickly. Unfortunately for them, the Poison the Well comparisons came naturally too, and this is mainly because the music is quite similar. They follow the heavy grinding guitar to acoustic formula. The screaming, emotional vocals to softer, more melodic singing. "The Satellite Years" is a surefire hit for those who are fans of PTW and FATA. Unlike PTW, Hopesfall has a less harsh, more melodic edge. They work in similar guitar riffs that FATA uses so greatly.

"The Satellite Years" starts with an almost 3 minute long instrumental. Guitars a grinding and drums a pounding, it gets a little bit old and now I tend to skip through the first song. A bad sign? Not at all. Hopesfall tears into "Waitress" with insane fury that makes one wonder if they spent some of their lives in Fulsom Prison. You can feel the emotion that is being poured in. "Dana Walker" starts a little bit softer (and by softer I mean less grinding on the guitars) and actually harmony in the vocals, which quickly goes into a more harsh sound all around. This song shows the beauty of Hopesfall which is their ability to freely go between the different elements of their music so flawlessly. They can jump from screaming to singing cleanly. They can go from grinding to acoustic cleanly. The transitions are great, and in my opinion, better than PTW.

"Decoys Like Curves" has some great guitar work, but its overall softer sound didn't really sit as well with me. It is sort of like "Horns and Tails" on Tear From the Red, a big change (although not as drastic).

In the end, "The Satellite Years" is a great album, but I have one major beef with it. FATA's "Too Bad You're Beautiful" has been in my stereo for a while, and although the two retain their differences (Hopesfall uses vocals with harmony more often) "The Satellite Years" lacks the originality that FATA had with their album. However, for fans of PTW and especially FATA, Hopesfall is a great buy. Definitely one of the better albums to come out in 2002.

 

 
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ukraine (April 27, 2008)

best cd this band has put out

Satelliteyrs (October 2, 2006)

my fav album ever

Anonymous (October 29, 2004)

i loooooooooooove hopesfall. but i heard a-types and it is GOD AWFUL.

ForgottenFace (July 22, 2004)

incredible cd. cant wait for their next release.

Anonymous (June 7, 2004)

fucking awsome cd. INCREDIBLE. and fata sold out. poison the well is going to soon and hopesfall is too...but not for a while. long live screamo.

Anonymous (April 12, 2004)

musically this album is great. the lyrics are so arty and "poetic" that it seems like they could have written anything abstract and it would have stuck. i'm a big fan of hopesfall, i wrote a live review of them on here. i listen more for the instrumentation than the lyrics. so many people say things like "you can feel the emotion" referring to bands, but no real emotion comes thru when reading the lyrics. however, when you hear the whole package you can definetly get some sense of passion these guys have for their music. The screaming is nice and the music just rolls nicely. These guys have some ambiant guitar stuff that is totally cool.

i think these guys could easily give up the whole hardcore schtick and make a very good band with ambiant music. kinda like a Radiohead-with-breakdowns...but i'm not telling them what they should do. just keep writing good music.

-benz

mikeinflames (November 25, 2003)

Great album
The band has great chemistry
You can hear it in most of the songs
I'm kinda pissed I missed them when they came to town

UnunitedSA (October 29, 2003)

Beautiful hardcore. Sound's ironic, but it's true.

Ghostmanon3 (July 22, 2003)

I really enjoyed this record. I don't see much comparison between Hopesfall and any other band. I think they set themselves apart technically and aesthetically. They sound original and new to me. They are extremely melodic and even take time to write some brilliant instrumental interludes on both of their releases. Great album and good sound for anyone who likes the sound of harmony with guitars and voices and a break from the double bass. Beautiful melodic hardcore.

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

take the manner of vocalisation away and the ptw comparison goes with it. musically, ptw are not even in the same ball park. the music is the best thing about this album anyway, especially the guitars, which, while we're talking comparisons, was done long ago by leatherface, only much faster. if anything, hopesfall's sound is more reminscent of grade than any of their label-mates. this is the best thing i've heard in a long while.

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

Kurt F. has a good point....

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

fuck slow hardcore!! fuck em fuck em fuck em! we need MORE meshuggah and bleeding through!

lol do you people realize this site's getting more and more metal everyday? i might as well try to review a cd by Mayhem.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

To the post below me:
Godfuckingforbid someone likes a band that you don't like. Go back & listen to your Earth Crisis cds & make hardcore faces in the mirror tough guy. What a fucking asshole.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

i can't respect a reviewer who loves from autumn to ashes.

Scotty (December 31, 2002)

What's the attraction to this style of music? Someone let me know. I really don't get it.

Anonymous (December 30, 2002)

so instead they should say something like "brick smashing teeth out of your face good"?

Anonymous (December 30, 2002)

Amazing is the trendiest word in punk/hardcore/emo and it's fucking annoying.

Anonymous (December 30, 2002)

North Carolina in the hiz-ouse!!!

Anonymous (December 30, 2002)

No wings to speak of isn't hopesfalls first cd, Fraility of Words is their first cd, i just thought you should know. Hopesfall are amazing live and if you have the oppertunity to see them you def should. They are realy nice guys too.

Kurt_F (December 30, 2002)

My gosh, can people ever NOT compare other bands to other bands in a genre, and argue over who did it first? SHUT UP.

FATA is good. PTW is good. Hopesfall is good.

They are all different, yet alike in certain areas.

And all three are...yes....rather original.

So please QUIT griping about bands sounding like others, just because they have distortion and screaming. By your standards, every band should be in it's own genre. Ridiculous.

Anonymous (December 29, 2002)

Dude, if you ever saw this band play, or talked to the members, in any of its incarnations, you would know that Hopesfall is one of the most sincere and humble bands out there. They put their hearts and souls into their music, and know how incredibly lucky they are to be able to bring it to so many other people. They've been paying dues for awhile, and I'm really happy that people are finally noticing them.

Anonymous (December 29, 2002)

these bands are the next huge thing. its already big but it's just a matter time before it replaces "pop-punk".

these bands lack the sincerity of bands like: strife,EXC,old snapcase.

Geetarchick (December 29, 2002)

I saw hopesfall for the first time last month and I thought they were good live, but when I bought Satellite Years, it was a LOT slower than i thought it was going to be.

porkpie (December 29, 2002)

bah, these guys sound nothing like poison the well. and the whole 'from autumn to ashes originality' thing makes no sense either.

Anonymous (December 29, 2002)

this cd DOES NOT sound like poison the well. id like to hear someone give a good explanation on how it sounds like them, unlike the vague review.

Anonymous (December 28, 2002)

christian metalcore....yet i like it...

Anonymous (December 28, 2002)

its me.....tea-bagging your mom

Anonymous (December 28, 2002)

What the fuck is a hopesfall?

Anonymous (December 28, 2002)

ever listened to You & I or Early Grace(the one from gainsville)?

if you havent heard those 2 bands then don't ever call the following bands original: Poison The Well, FATA, Hopesfall, etc.

Anonymous (December 28, 2002)

to the person below me:

i was about to type the same thing.

just thought that was funny

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

FATA and originality in the same sentence? FATA is nothing more then a band riding the Poison THe Well train....

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

dont ever compare this amazing band to the shit that is from autumn to ashes.

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

no wings to speak of.

satellite years can't even begin to touch that cd.

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

i actually like hopesfall more than poison the well. they're just as tough as PTW but their quiet parts are developed much better .

TahoeJeff (December 27, 2002)

These guys are good. Quite a few positive comments on here too. That kind of suprises me considering that almost everytime there is a review of a christian band people start slamming it.

layawayplan (December 27, 2002)

No Wings To Speak Of is as fantastic EP. This is sort of...blah. I like them more than Poison the Well though.

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

What Hopesfall suffers the most from is bad timing. They've been around longer than most of the bands now grouped into the metalcore genre (PTW formed only a little before them, and Shai Hulud predates both, if I'm missing anymore please let me know), yet it took them much longer to release an album on a more recognized label (they've had two releases prior to this, the first in 1999). Bad luck I guess. Anyway, I don't look at it as "PTW for pussies," as Scott so eloquently put it, but I think their music is what seperates them from the rest of the pack. Much more diversified, and I love the juxtaposition between the vocals and music. While most metalcore bands look to just shove as much raw power they can muster in your face, hopesfall take a much more intricate direction, and create a sound all their own. Oh yeah, and their live show is sick, so much energy. Anyway, this is a damn good album, and I hope they get the attention that they've deserved for a long time.

maverick (December 27, 2002)

This is Poison The Well for pussies. Even I know that. Pass.

-Scott

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

you havent heard their first ep have you? the satellite years is pretty good, im liking it more, but no wings to speak of fucking blows it away. much longer songs, much more variation, much more musicality. go download "the end of an era" and see how much better it is that this cd. i stil like it, im just not in love with it. comparing them to PTW and FATA are allright i guess, but not close enough. i put hopes fall way above these bands...well maybe not PTW's tear from the red. hopesfall's melodies are simply beautiful, and their heavy parts are brutal. while they dont really sound very similar, i would compare hopes fall to glassjaw just because of the emotions they explore. glassjaw's first cd (not counting their ep) was incredible, and their new cd is good but not as great. same for hopes fall. the lyrics read like poetry, and i think "dead in magazies" is one of the best songs ive heard in a while, just the contrast that was in the ep isnt here. the ep goes from thick, heart-warming melodies, to bone crunching screams that just make your spine tingle. this cd is good, but i would find no wings to speak of if i were you. or go to www.trustkill.com and d/l some songs first. great band, fucking awesome live.

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

p.s- Good review

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

Hopesfall is fucking amazing.

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