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Ryan's Hope

Ryan's Hope: The Trials Of RecessionThe Trials Of Recession (2004)
Double Zero Records

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On their first disc released on a label, we find the sound of Ryan's Hope growing in every direction. While they remain what is best called melodic hardcore (but maybe more like melodic punk with hardcore moments) the band is stretching their sound in both the "melodic" direction and the "hardcore".
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On their first disc released on a label, we find the sound of Ryan's Hope growing in every direction. While they remain what is best called melodic hardcore (but maybe more like melodic punk with hardcore moments) the band is stretching their sound in both the "melodic" direction and the "hardcore" direction, adding intensity and speed while keeping their musicality. For those unfamiliar, the band is a three piece from the Chicagoland area, formed in 2000. Having been in hardcore bands previously, they felt constricted and wanted a sound that could encompass more of their tastes (influences listed on their site are The Smiths and the Smoking Popes alongside Snapcase and black metal). The band has been working hard since its inception, quickly gathering a large fan base by playing often, releasing homemade EPs, playing Chicago's top venues and also stops on the 2003 Warped Tour by winning a contest through Alternative Press. They also won the 2nd round of Double Zero's "Fans Sign the Band" contest, but label owner Mike Felumlee was so impressed he just signed them with the contest still going.

On The Trials of Recession, the songs are catchier than ever, one of my favorites being "Rest Assured", with the band sounding like Bad Religion at moments, and "Condemning Race" which includes handclaps to the drum hits in the chorus, which you can find their dedicated fans helping out with at shows. "Fiction and Transcendence" is another track with an outstanding melody, yet retaining an edge. All of these songs still contain the band's hardcore leanings of course, and actually Terry's vocals have gained a roughness that matches the band's sound nicely. So while there are hooks aplenty, they pack more of a punch than in the past.

The band has also reached new heights with their hardcore elements, especially in "In a Sea", with help on backup throat (I gotta say throat rather than vocals) by Adam from a fellow Joliet band called Article 57. I believe I once called his screams "bloodcurdling" in a live review, and I stand by that. Yes, it is a good thing. The final breakdown of the song, featuring screams of "Recede!" just kicks a lot of ass. "In My Departure" is another of the more hardcore of the tracks, alternating between breakneck tempos and fierce breakdowns, and with a blistering solo and a harsh chugging ending, it will have the most timid of listener head banging. Another track worth mentioning is "Tonight Alive", a standout on the album… ah hell, they are all good, with the only possible exception being the closer, "Midnight". While it is nice to hear the band step outside their safety zone with this acoustic tune, the drums sound weird and the amount of reverb on the vocals is just too unnatural. Perhaps with some changes in the production, this could have worked, but I just can't help thinking what the song would sound like with the normal instrumentation.

The biggest problem with the album is the production. For sure, it does sound better than any of their past releases, and it is not bad enough to ruin the songs, but it is bare bones here for the most part. There is no double tracking of vocals and little on the guitars, and some backup guitar during the solos would've been nice so the bass isn't left by its lonesome. Also, the bass drum is tad loud. Visually, the artwork leaves something to be desired, although the art on the disc itself is very cool. The final downside would be the short length of the album: 27 minutes. Out of the 11 tracks, only two are over three minutes. There is an upside to this- that they never wear out their welcome with an idea; which I feel gives the songs a longer life.

I believe the band signed with Double Zero after this album was completed, so perhaps their next release will have some more money behind it to start with, allowing the band the proper time and resources to create a 5 star album. I definitely see it in their future.

 

 
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readmag (March 26, 2006)

Their band name makes me want to run out and buy tampons.

OzmanX (March 24, 2006)

You know what would be crazy? If this site had a record label and signed this band....crazy i tells ya.

Anonymous (August 20, 2004)

this band shreds
fuck screeamo

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

Oh, i would like to correct my horrible spelling, i ment to say "throws" instead of "throughs," what ever the hell that means. Great band by the way.

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

Ryan's Hope doesnt sing about love and shit like that. just so ya know. from what i have been told by members its mostly about life experience and growing through the shit life throughs your way. peace
mark

Anonymous (August 9, 2004)

ahhh!!!! yeah!!!!

Dude,

Ryan's Hope was a soap operea in the late 70's, really early 80's...

My mother named me after that damn soap opera. The band sounds like it would be good stuff though but honestly now, the lyrics...are they cheezy? If the lyrics aren't cheezy and if the subject matter doesn't talk about being in love I'm sold.

Ryan Fabian

Anonymous (August 6, 2004)

"The biggest problem with the album is the production. For sure, it does sound better than any of their past releases, and it is not bad enough to ruin the songs, but it is bare bones here for the most part. There is no double tracking of vocals and little on the guitars, and some backup guitar during the solos would’ve been nice so the bass isn’t left by its lonesome."

Maybe they wanted honestly record how they sound instead of how they sound in a studio. I doubt they have a backup guitarist come on live so they can sound how you want them to.

I commend this band for having such honest, bare bones production.

-BSD

Anonymous (August 5, 2004)

you can get this online @ ryanshopemusic.com

Anonymous (August 5, 2004)

Funny, I had the same trouble finding this CD, Double Zero Web Store wasn't working, Interpunk didn't have it?! I went to the band's website and used the contact e-mail and Terry (the singer) responded quickly. Sent me the disc for only $10 (no shipping) Now if that isn't Rad!! Everyone get this disc, before you are left in it's dust!! They RAWK!!

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

Where can I get this online?

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

For fans of 88FL and ALK3, this cd may not have a major label buget sound, but the songs rock hard, the energy is raw, heavy, and passionate. What else do ya need?

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

Ryan's Hope is a great band. They are super nice guys and are extremely talented. I just bought this album last night after playing a show with them and I am damn glad I did. Go see them if you live around Chicago because they have a bunch of shows coming up.

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

I bought this cd a the Split Habit tent at Chicago's Warped Tour. Its the only thing I bought all day and I'm glad I did.

Anonymous (August 3, 2004)

Any band in love with Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir is OK with me.

Anonymous (August 3, 2004)

Great review, I'll check this out.

Anonymous (August 3, 2004)

i have this album and i agree the songs kick ass!

Anonymous (August 3, 2004)

great fucking band, though i think they are more punk than hardcore sounding. lots of great hooks seperate them from the auto-tuned bullshit screamo. good chicago punk

maverick (August 3, 2004)

This record kills. I can barely get it out of my stereo.

-Scott

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