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The second studio album from the progressive metal quartet Hope for the Dying finds the Jonesboro, Ill., foursome mixing more ambience and intricacies into its songs. The opening cut, “Acceptance,” plays with background strings and acoustic arpeggios that seep and settle below Brendan Hengle’s complex drum patterns like a thick, sonic fog. But like a sudden attack from above, the guitars of Jack Daniels (his real name) and James Houseman come thundering down like a maelstrom of metal. Add to this Josh Ditto’s demonic-sounding howls, and it’s easy to forget that Hope for the Dying are a Christian band. “Reformation” follows, sounding more ferocious; Ditto’s unrelenting shrieks and screams sounds like he’s gargling hot lava. Underneath his monstrous temper tantrums, the band hammers out labyrinthine arrangements—some are so sinewy that members of Rush would be left scratching their heads. Yet in the midst of all these mathematical changes, the band never deviates from making strong melodies. In the standout song “Iniquitous,” the group works in three melodies at once: synths, guitars, and Ditty all share a voice as Hengle lays out rhythmic steps like a stonemason.

Customer Reviews

Ridiculous band...

and a ridiculous album. One of the most technical and impressive albums I've ever heard. The musicianship displayed here is insane.

Top Tracks:

Open Up The Sky (9.5/10) - Sensational track. Great riffage and some very interesting soft cleans, as well as unclean vocals for more than 12 minutes. Epic closer.
Serenity (10/10) - Such an atmospheric short song. Great quiet clean vocals. I wish it was longer.
Visions (9.5/10) - Nearly ten minutes, including the best chorus of the album.
The Lost (9.5/10) - The clean vocals really shine here as well.
Acceptance (9/10) - A lot of cleans here as well; they're not quite as good as in the other tracks I mentioned though. Instrumentation makes up for that though. Great opener.

In Isolation also is helped by an additional three minutes bringing the five minute single to eight minutes in length. The last five minutes of that song are quite strong as well. Tracks 2, 3, and 5 are definitely the weak links of the album, but they're not even weak. Crazy good album. These guys need way more attention. They undeniably deserve it.


Pure metal at its finest. Get this and support the band, they deserve it.

Awesome Sound!

This was the sweetest album I have heard yet by these guys! Everything was tight and very crisp. The shreds and harmony by the guitars and the rest of the instruments were very sick!

Aletheia, Hope for the Dying
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Mar 19, 2013

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