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Customer Reviews

"So face the sky and tell me how you gauge living in vain..."

A few words come to mind when I think of A Hope for Home, but the most prevalent is "intelligence". These guys are one of the most criminally underrated bands out there, with music that rivals the greats of their genre (bands like Isis, Cult of Luna, etc) and lyrics that nearly meet the philosophical brilliance of Silent Planet's Garrett Russell. Realis marked a significant shift in sound for the band; while they showed the beginnings of the shift to post-metal in the previous album (The Everlasting Man), it wasn't until this album that they truly delved into the genre. This album is a dark, brooding masterpiece of angry and calm, bittersweet art. Based off of Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra, this album musically and lyrically explores the concept of human existence, delving into nihilistic feelings and trying to understand what drives many people to believe life has no meaning. This concept gives the music a naturally bittersweet, dark atmosphere of beauty and brutality, and thus there is a much heavier edge to this album overall. But don't think that the heaviness takes away the progressive song-building that post-metal is known for; gorgeous clean guitars, ethereal clean vocals and heavy layering bring out the more masterful side of the writing. It seems like every turn of this album brings something completely unexpected to the sound; there will be sections with a heavy edge where clean guitar harmonizations and side melodies will pop into the equation from out of nowhere, and there are times where it will have released so much energy that the music needs a rest: it then will fade into either some cleaner moments or raw atmosphere. However, this album is rather unlike the Cult of Luna-esque brand of post-metal with lots of atmospheric, beautiful interludes. This album flows much more than that, but isn't in the lacking for doing so. The darker feel gives a greater urgency to the music, so it fits. I'd say that the thing that this album does best is its flow. It keeps going, hardly ever stops, and is essentially a continual wall of sound that assaults, then soothes your eardrums; when it comes time for the album to end, you will likely feel slightly bittersweet because you want to hear more, but it's also quite a heavy listen that should be listened front-to-back, without any distractions to detract from the atmosphere. An absolute masterpiece of music, one of the most underrated gems in musical history.

Realis, A Hope For Home
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Mar 30, 2010

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