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If Hope Dies

If Hope Dies: The Ground Is Rushing Up To Meet UsThe Ground Is Rushing Up To Meet Us (2003)
Ironclad

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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What can I say about metalcore/metal tinged hardcore/breakdown oriented metal/whatever you want to call it that hasn't already been said? Much the glut of skatepunk bands that appeared in the mid-nineties metalcore gives us some great bands, some above average bands, and plenty of throwaway sound-a.
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What can I say about metalcore/metal tinged hardcore/breakdown oriented metal/whatever you want to call it that hasn't already been said? Much the glut of skatepunk bands that appeared in the mid-nineties metalcore gives us some great bands, some above average bands, and plenty of throwaway sound-a-likes who will be forgotten when the dust finally settles. I'm beginning to think that I've heard almost anything this genre is going to throw at me, barring some random alpine horn breakdown. If Hope Dies isn't reinventing the wheel, but they show some flashes of brilliance and can write an engaging metalcore song. "The Ground Is Rushing Up To Meet Us" is the band's Ironclad Recordings debut. If you're not aware, Ironclad is run by Trevor Phipps of Unearth, and I can certainly hear a slight resemblance to Unearth here and there.

The first thing that really caught my attention about these guys was the fact the second track is called "Roddy Piper's Magic Sunglasses". The thought of Roddy doing his best windmill during one of this band's earth shattering breakdowns was enough to make me chuckle. However, despite their light heartedness in terms of some their song titles, If Hope Dies tackles serious social issues in their lyrics. The aforementioned track is actually about the way we allow ourselves to be sedated by slick marketing schemes. The music matches the seriousness of the lyrical content, melodic, but at the same time fast, urgent, and of course, heavy. This record is littered with impressive moments and flashes of what the band can do, such as the frantic stop and go action near the end of the fifth track, "A Prayer to Afflict the Comfortable".

Thought provoking, undeniably heavy, and yet melodic enough to say stuck in your head for weeks, If Hope Dies has already carved a nice little niche in the metalcore genre for themselves, but I think this record hints at something more. It may only be a matter of time before this relatively unknown band towers over many of their contemporaries. Anyone who is fan of Unearth and other mosh oriented metalcore should take notice; you're going to like this one.

 

 
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Anonymous (February 1, 2004)

amazing album...everyone should check it out.

Anonymous (January 7, 2004)

good band. people should quick out this cd

PetroBPettson (January 7, 2004)

What Happens Next? kinda isn't so great.....But I was never too into Ill Repute, or really any Nardcore. But I was curious. I bought their cd(when I still bought cd's) on suggestion from one of the guys in Flogging Molly(who's cd I also hardly listened to....go figure), and I think I listened to it once......actually, I liked one song okay, and put it at the end of a mix tape to annoy my girlfriend.

Anonymous (January 5, 2004)

Hahaha. Good lyric, even if butchered.

-BSD

FortyMinutesWest (January 5, 2004)

There are still modern bands doing good things with hardcore, such as What Happens Next or even more well known bands like Give Up The Ghost and Bane. I don't know if metalcore even falls under the hardcore umbrella anymore, but I like some of the bands.

I hate that spin kicking bullshit too, I really hope it dies out. To quote a band that I can't remember the name of:

"I came here to watch this band, not watch you kickbox with the invisible man. Ninjas to the back."

I probably butchered that quote too, but oh well.

Anonymous (January 5, 2004)

"BSD, this band is not Hatebreedish jockcore, nor is it, From Autumn To Ashes styled whinecore. Yes, Im just ending random words with core. Don't let the name fool you, they're influenced by straight up metal and thrash, not faux-emo. You still wouldn't like them, but if you're going to bash a band, at least do it factually."

Okay, here's the three types of modern hardcores:

Emocore: From Autumn to Ashes, Taking Back Sunday type crap. Shitty imitations of Dischord post-hardcore.

Metalcore: This type of crap. Straight up metal and thrash? Yeah. Very little punk... But not as bad as...

Jokecore: Hatebreed type bands. Evolved from macho jock bullshit NYC sxe scene of the 80's.

Jocks love them all as far as I'm concerned. I got pissed and punched some spin kicking scum at Agnostic Front... I know it's tradition now and such... But do hardcore kids know how stupid they look?

They don't even know about real hardcore, which is a lot more fun, a lot faster, and a lot closer to the punk ethos than this grind thrash death crust crap would have you believe. This isn't a personal comment to you, Forty. I take it that you know your shit...

-BSD

Anonymous (January 1, 2004)

They Live fucking rules.
"Looks like your head fell in the cheese dip back in 1957"
"I have come here to kick ass and chew bubblegum and im all out os bubblegum"
CLASSIC

FortyMinutesWest (January 1, 2004)

BSD, this band is not Hatebreedish jockcore, nor is it, From Autumn To Ashes styled whinecore. Yes, Im just ending random words with core. Don't let the name fool you, they're influenced by straight up metal and thrash, not faux-emo. You still wouldn't like them, but if you're going to bash a band, at least do it factually.

[/semi-drunken rant]

Anonymous (January 1, 2004)

ALERT:

JOCKS CAN NOW WEAR THEIR SISTER'S PANTS!

-BSD (this is not good)

Anonymous (December 31, 2003)

"freefall without a parachute"

Well I had a dream last night and in my dream I took a knife to you.
I slit your throat from ear to ear
The wound was gasping for the air.....your scream so clear

But every dream could never come true.
Only in my sick mind can I do these things to you.

With every passing moment, it just keeps getting worse
The walls are getting smaller and I am six feet beneath the earth.
And I will be, oh I will be, lost.

I had a dream last night and in my dream I robbed a country club.
A 5 year old tried to stop me, but I shot him through the head, and now he's dead.

Your heart.

Oh it's better too...... Rush upon this blade
Then give into the fear in your heart.

These dreams never cease

"187"
It's so nice sitting very still,
in a room where no one else can feel the pain that breaks my heart each day, I'm not ok.
Sunlight shining through my window, let's me know that I'm still alive
Why did I ever let you inside my heart? I'm such a fool.
Paint my face in shades of blood and grey and take a seat right next to me
Well I should've known that you were a killer.
But now I'm dead.

A gaping hole, shot through my heart
A lost connection from your poison dart
Shot from your tounge to end my life.
You're blowing at the fire to light your strife.

You'll never know.
The hardest thing about dying is, knowing you'll never see the light of day.

A gaping hole shot...(shot through my heart)
A lost connection from your poison dart.
My head now spins and my ears bleed gold.
I try so fucking hard, but I can't fit your mold.

You ripped my heart out, you tore my eyes out, now you're gonna pay
I'll stab you one time.
I'll eat your heart out so you feel my pain.
Don't you know that I always see you in all of my dreams?
I wanna kill you.

SCORE IS FOR THESE TITE LYRICZ.

FortyMinutesWest (December 31, 2003)

I know you're being sarcastic and all, but I like As Hope Dies better. They're also straight up metal, no core to be spoken of. Oh, and hardcore dancing is lame, but I'd rather people do that than act like they're too cool to be having fun.

Anonymous (December 31, 2003)

Holy shit i wonder who's better, if hope dies or as hope dies. Metalcore is clearly the best genre ever. Now excuse me, i need to do my hair and practice my spin kicks before my mom takes me to see norma jean or some shit.

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

This score is for the spelling of the guy who made the first comment.

maverick (December 30, 2003)

This score's for the "They Live!" reference the band so aptly made in their song title.

"I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum... and I'm all out of bubblegum."

Genius.

-Scott

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

worst band name and title .. goddam people like this make me so fucking angry

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

these guys rule. honestly. they're from auburn, ny and they fucking own the syracuse scene.

x315x

Romeo (December 30, 2003)

This stuff is getting really old, but its good to see a few bands who can actually play it. And its bad to see the good bands that can play its get thrown in the barrel with everyone else that sucks in the genre. If that makes sense.

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

WORST.REVIEW.EVAR.

scores fo rthe review.

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