Hopesfall - No Wings To Speak Of (Cover Artwork)


Hopesfall: No Wings To Speak OfNo Wings To Speak Of (2002)
Trustkill Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: MattMatt
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For those who have just been introduced to Hopesfall by way of the album A-Types, you must be forwarned: this is a completely different band. Instead of the light guitar-rock band, we have a "metalcore" band that has drawn comparisons (if unfair) to bands such as Poison The Well and From Autumn To A.

For those who have just been introduced to Hopesfall by way of the album A-Types, you must be forwarned: this is a completely different band. Instead of the light guitar-rock band, we have a "metalcore" band that has drawn comparisons (if unfair) to bands such as Poison The Well and From Autumn To Ashes. This is the band's second release, following their Takehold Records debut The Frailty of Words. It is a four-song EP, and it includes the songs "Open Hands To the Wind," "April Left With Silence," "The End Of An Era," and "The Far Pavilions." Despite being only four tracks, the EP is worth buying. Some consider "The End of an Era" to be one of the greatest songs of the whole "metallic hardcore" genre.

This EP has a different lineup than The Satelite Years and is almost a different band than on A-Types. The only remaining member from this album is Josh, the guitarist. For those who are not familiar with Hopesfall's older work, the sound is characterized by soft, mellow bridges and interludes followed by intense (and I mean intense) hardcore. One cannot say that there are any real verses or choruses because the music is very linear, with no repeated parts. The highlights of this album are the two middle tracks "April Left With Silence" and the epic, seven minute-long "The End Of An Era," which are both landmarks in the melodic hardcore genre.

Check this out if you like older Poison the Well, older Underoath, or older Codeseven. Jesus, it seems like all these bands are going downhill (with the exception of Underoath, their new CD was pretty good). If you want to check out a band at their creative peak, then you should definitely pick up this album. Although it may be hard to find at large retailers, any independent record shop should have one or two of this album.


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ukraine (April 27, 2008)

underoath did go downhill.
don't kid yourself.
anything after 'the changing of times' just isnt underoath.

but hopesfall is great.

Satelliteyrs (October 2, 2006)

my fav band! crazy ep

Anonymous (December 11, 2005)

Ok so for an album as a whole, then its a 4
But as an EP I stand by a 5

ryanbolger (August 22, 2005)

the fact that you mentioned "the highlights of this album" make it seem that some parts were better than others, clearly seeming that this is by no means a perfect score.

which it clearly is not, even though this is arguably one of my all time favourite EPs, alongside against me!'s "disco" and taken's "between two unseens".

as much as i love all three of those recordings, they are by NO means anywhere close to a perfect score...

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

This shit's fuckin' amazing

Anonymous (March 16, 2005)

The first time I ever saw Hopesfall was with the Juliana Theory and Snapcase. A friend of mine wanted to buy their cd, but didn't know what band they were and ended up buying a Juliana Theory cd by mistake. When he eventually realised his mistake he went back to J/T's merch tablet and said "Yeah..I thought you guys were the other band. Can I get my money back?" I always thought that was kinda funny.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

With everything in this review you are so damn right!

Anonymous (March 8, 2005)

This EP is incredibly solid.
It is indeed sad that Hopesfall became what they became. After their last album, I was hoping for them to up the ante even further, creating a radiohead-like atmosphere while still bringing the hardcore. These guys do [did] ambient to wild so well.

Also, Trustkill records is the worst record label around. Them or Tooth and Nail.


Anonymous (March 7, 2005)

changing you lead singer usually means change in sound. BLAH fuck that change the band name if you're gonna do that

Anonymous (March 6, 2005)

a few lineup technicalites - this ep does not have the same lineup as the frailty of words. almost, but there was a different bass player. adam the drummer may have recorded a-types, i don't have it so i'm not sure, but he is definitely not in the band now. the only original member (or member from this e.p. for that matter) is the guitarist mentioned in the review.

also, far pavilions is on this e.p., not the sattelite years. best songs on the sattelite years are dead in magazines, dana walker, and the bending. oh how i love the bending.

Anonymous (March 6, 2005)

Everything before A-Types is a ten -thelonerangers

Anonymous (March 6, 2005)

this ep really is fucking great.

Anonymous (March 5, 2005)

no one should ever use the word "flippin" in place of "fuckin." i hate that movie so much.

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

hey, constanza, this ep is pretty flippin' close to a 10 in my estimation, also...

The Fever- "Pink on Pink"
At the Drive-in- "Vaya" (unless you adhere to the "legal definition" of 5 songs or less for an EP)
Fugazi- "Fugazi" and "Margin Walker"
Hot Hot Heat- "Knock Knock Knock"
Model Citizen- "The Inner Fool"
Against Me!- "The Disco Before the Breakdown"

there are tons


bemused (March 4, 2005)

Funny I just dusted off the mothballs on Satelite Years yesterday. That album was pretty good, Far Pavillions being one off the best songs off it, along with Waitress. A Types=not so good.


slippy (March 4, 2005)

Underoath is not good.

costanza (March 4, 2005)

Can anyone think of an EP that actually deserves a 10 star rating?

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

that comment was by matt

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

they did put out a full length with this lineup-the frailty of words

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

One of the greatest EPs I've ever heard. If they had put out a full length with this lineup it would have been incredible.

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

This cd is better than anything Poison the Well of FATA ever did.

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

Ah yes, remember when they were good?

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

Jesus, it seems like all these bands are going downhill

Did you mean to say "trustkill"? Oh well, it's not like it alters the sentence.

ALineInYourBook (March 4, 2005)

Almost no original members, totally different sound and style, it's time to just give up and change the band's name, because A-Types isn't Hopesfall... this EP is Hopesfall.

Inspection12e (March 4, 2005)

I'd still skip them pacer.

pacer (March 4, 2005)

Looking forward to seeing these guys at Groezrock now, was gonna skip them but this review makes it sound like they'll be worth seeing.

SilentStorms (March 4, 2005)

I don't care that Hopesfall ain't my bag anymore, but this EP is the best EP I've ever heard. Phenomenal. Many people may disregard this cuz it's hopesfall and they 'sold out' or whatever, but this EP is the shizznat. I wish this singer stayed in the band, and then maybe everything would have been alright. Listen to this shit man, it was out before all that autumn to ashes bullshit.

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)


MarkieStabone (March 4, 2005)

holy shit, it's an EP? come on, man!

MarkieStabone (March 4, 2005)

man for a second there i thought we'd go a whole review cycle without and 5-star "instant classic" albums, but i guess i was wrong. i didn't even read the review, but i can say with complete certainty that this album isn't worth a 10/10.

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

adam was the drummer on this cd, and is still the drummer. i own all of their cds, and he's in the credits for each of them.

truly, this was a breakout cd in the metalcore scene.

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

A-Types isn't that bad...
It just seems to be played by a totally different band... News songs are really intense live, but of course not as much as this EP ones...
Please note that there's three new members in Hopesfall since 'No Wings...' Bass, Guitar and Drum player are new people, maybe too emo :p

So please, try to listen to A-Types with a new ear... It seems to be an evolution of the band!

Mixhail (March 4, 2005)

woops forgot a score.

but ya this ep kicksass... and it doesnt even have breakdowns!

Mixhail (March 4, 2005)

the end of an era is one of the best "emocore" songs of all time. that song got me through my shitty prom.

k that was even emoer.

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

Pretty good metalcore/emocore album

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)


Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

ive never been a huge fan of this genre of music but ive always liked hopesfall(except for a-types which is fucking GARBAGE). no review should get 10 stars though.

swingline (March 4, 2005)

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joeg (March 4, 2005)

No band that draws comparisons (fairly or unfailry) to Poison The Well and From Autumn To Ashes gets a perfect score.

IheartAdam (March 4, 2005)

I don't give two fucks about the band, but the score is for Trustkill. Somebody kill it. Kill it now.

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