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Album Review

Rock band East West released Hope in Anguish on Floodgate Records in 2003. The band, composed of members Mike Tubbs, Bob Vergura, James Jenkins, and Jon Druse, recorded the album with only two weeks of preparation. On their website, Tubbs shared the following: "Last time around we literally had years to write and pick out songs. This time we came off tour, built a studio at Bobby's house to record the demos and then had to write everything. Maybe it is just because we spend so much time together we know what each other is thinking, but it ended up being very relaxed and low-key. We wrote two-three songs a day, and at night called each other and left messages of ideas for the next day. It was a pretty incredible time." The heavy rock-oriented project is accurately reflected by its title, Hope in Anguish. It is a dark album, not for those who prefer the upbeat and uplifting. Tubbs explained on their website: "So much of being in a band is a sacrifice. Being away from our wives and families. Trials on the road. A lot of the lyrics deal with our band finally coming into itself, realizing the commitments of music and having the right attitudes. It also has a lot to do with us being so comfortable together that we were able to deal with issues that maybe we wouldn't of touched before." Songs include "Vacant" and "The Final Say."

Customer Reviews

Great follow-up

East West has evolved considerably. Though Hope in Anguish does not quite have as raw of a metal sound, as a whole it interlaces much better than The Light in Guinevere's Garden. The wicked riffs and grinding changes keep your ears on their toes. The end of the album, Carpe Noctum (Meaning "seize the night") is a hauntingly, chilling yet beautiful track similar to what one might hear should they be strolling through the dismal halls of some insane asylum filled with ex-musicians. On top of all that, these guys rock for God, and their music has infiltrated many secular areas. Keep on rockin', East West!

Sadly not worth the money

Regretably this did not measure up to their first release. This album overall is much harder and darker than the first. When I say darker, I mean bordering on suicide. I felt like I was stuck in a horror flick listening to this album. I think I only kept one song on my Ipod and I don't like it. There are lots more screaming and less catchy riffs on this album. Light in G's Garden was such an amazing album, this one doesn't hold a candle to it. If you are looking for any Christian lyrics, you'll be hard-pressed finding any. If they were trying to make a forboding, complicated and morbid album, they pulled it off quite successfully.

Very Raw Sound

Not an over-produced, perfectly polished record. Very raw, crunchy guitars. As far as borderline suicide, well far off from that. It's nice to see a band that won't write a bunch of commercial garbage to make people like the record more. I have been listening to it for a week and can't put it down. Give it a chance!


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

East West is a hardcore rock group out of Orange Country, CA, that formed in the middle part of the '90s. Founding members of the group were guitarist Mike Housen, guitarist and singer Mike Tubbs, and longtime drummer, percussionist, and singer Bob Vergura. Vergura did leave the group for a couple of those early years, but returned in 1997. Bassist James Jenkins joined the band later. In 1996, East West finished recording its first album, Rachel's Silence. It was produced by Tisumi Recordings and...
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