Ryan's Hope

Ryan's Hope: ChaosChaos (2008)

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Punknews Records alumnus Ryan's Hope released this five-song EP in early 2008, and then re-released it later that year with two additional songs as a free download from their website. Any fan of their past records or melodic skatepunk in general would be well-advised to give this release a whirl, be.

Punknews Records alumnus Ryan's Hope released this five-song EP in early 2008, and then re-released it later that year with two additional songs as a free download from their website. Any fan of their past records or melodic skatepunk in general would be well-advised to give this release a whirl, because since their last full-length, 2006's Apocalypse in Increments, the band has progressed both musically and in their ability to hit the listener with a blast of catchy breakdowns and sing-along choruses before the listener even knows what the fuck they just heard. While some might define the band's sound as melodic hardcore, the riffs and bridges are too fast for the average hardcore band, and the genre could be more appropriately classified as tight, blistering speed-punk that ventures into hardcore territory with both the sneering vocals and the rocking guitar breakdowns.

The first song on the EP, "Madness Ensues" kicks off with classic punk rock speed and in-your-face vocals before dropping into the aforementioned breakdowns without a slow of pace, and also features a guitar solo that is as catchy as the chorus is refreshing. The second song, "We Will," barely gives the listener a chance to breathe before rocketing into a similarly structured song and is over before you know it. "Choose Blasphemy," the third song features strong bass work and breakdowns coupled with even stronger vocals, culminating in the track's final moments where the three-piece comes together to produce the hardest rocking moment of the album as lead singer Terry Morrow screams "Just what have we come to be? Choose tyranny or choose blasphemy. No one is safe among us, can you disagree?" over a complementing and technical guitar lead. The fourth song, "Bloodline" follows the previous four in style but has a more punk feel and almost a country-jingle-on-meth-amphetamine vibe at times in the guitar work. The band takes it easy for the last original song, "Bastard Epidemic," sticking to the formula set by the earlier tracks and capping off the original five songs nicely.

The two bonus songs, while good, feel tacked on and probably could have been left off the re-release. Song six, "Snakes on a Plane" is catchy, but loses its novelty after the fourth or fifth listen, just like how one wouldn't want to watch the movie it's named after multiple times in a row. The final song is a Misfits' cover, "I Turned into a Martian," where the band displays their ability to emulate the Misfits' ultra catchiness with "ohhhh"s and "whoooaaa"s. While the extra songs aren't bad at all, they take away from the tight package that was the original release. Either way, it's two more songs that are fun to listen to, so I won't complain.

Based on recent blog postings by the band, they are currently at work on a new record, reportedly to be released later this year, also to be preceded and followed by an accompanying tour. This EP might be their best work yet, and it also shows that the band has continued to improve. If the trend continues, the new record is something for fans to be excited about.


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sexualsunshine (August 16, 2009)

This sounds cool in a weird way. Not really into this kind of thing normally but it seems like they got something goin on.

Kevin super fan seems a little upset. Sometimes bands play music becuase they like to play music.

dlangl4 (August 16, 2009)

@ those who take comments seriously.

- KevinJamesSuperFan is a pure troll. His comments aren't to be taken seriously in any way, shape, or form.

KevinJamesSuperFan (August 16, 2009)

These faggots have been around for like 17 years and the only people that take notice the Punknews.org folks. Self-titled? Guess they got dropped from Punknews Records? Sweet Job dudes, you guys were really dragging that label down. Your 3 records sold were only a fifth of the gross product for that fucking rocket ship of a company. I almost feel bad for these guys, I wanna have a benefit show for them in my basement, but than I'd have to pay the neighbors off to make sure they don't spread the word that I listen to shitty music.

whoostin (August 15, 2009)

This band has a couple of enjoyable tracks, otherwise pretty generic. The drop c shit is weak, you don't have to down tune to be heavy.

telegraphrocks (August 15, 2009)

These guys are awesome.

Apparently they have a new 17-song album coming out soon...

friokir (August 15, 2009)

apocalypse was great, but this ep has a lot of similar riffs, vocal melodies and song structures, so it's not exactly an improvement or a progression, but it's still good, just a bit of a dissapointment to me.

Slacker (August 15, 2009)

Did I really type banned instead of band?
Score is for me

Slacker (August 15, 2009)

this band is sick and probably the only banned that plays in drop C that I can stomach.

skeetopunk01 (August 14, 2009)

Check out Apocalypse in Increments (2006) It was one of the best punk/metal infused albums to come out that year. I've been a huge fan every since. You won't be disappointed. The only flaw I see is the simplistic drumming. It could be stepped up a notch to match the fantastic guitar work.

Problematiclogic (August 14, 2009)

Personally I think this EP is incredible. Some absolutely jaw-dropping guitar work and ridiculous solos. And it is fast as hell.

I agree about the bonus tracks, but they're decent enough.

red_eye_inc (August 14, 2009)

I'd never really listened to this band, but when I saw them open for someone else in May I was really impressed. They're SUPER tight. I'm going to make more of an effort to listen to them in the future.

hamonrye (August 14, 2009)

love the artwork.

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