Swallow the Sun
Hope


5.0
classic

Review

by loathed USER (9 Reviews)
February 16th, 2007 | 162 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No words can describe, you have to get this!

"Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life."

Have you ever been tormented by hope? Ever felt so down when you were somewhat hopeful? For the majority, hope is something of good faith, believing that a positive outcome is still possible even though all signs point towards the negative. Well my friends, being hopeful, or just simply...Hope, can be depressing.

Hope is the title of Finnish melodic doom metallers Swallow the Sun's third album. One would think that with such an album name, songs would generally sound happy, uplifiting and hopeful. However, if you've heard any Swallow the Sun prior to this, you know that is never going to happen. This album takes you through over an hour of emotional rollercoaster, never letting you out of it's clutches, despite the length. There are moments on here for everyone to enjoy, ranging from the cleanly sung vocals, to the heavier death growls on the vocals, and the cleanly picked riffs to the heavily distorted. This material, my friends, is depressing, moody, emotional, atmospheric, melodic...and what more?

From the strong opener Hope, one can already feel your heartstrings being tugged at. The song has a nice mixture of both heavy and mellow, giving it a very depressing, emotional and melodic feel. The transition from clean to the heavy and distorted section is very well done. Just listen to the opening riff, until the 1:30 mark, and tell me that nothing has touched you. Even if nothing did touch you (you'd probably be 90% lying), the song will definitely pummel you into submission. What a very contradicting title for such a song...but then again, after listening to this, you'll be very "hopeful" for the rest of the album! Definitely one of the highlights.

These hours of despair follows the heavier route, without any clean sections. Need i say anything more? The song title already says it! The Justice of Suffering is quite the melancholic song. Very depressing in nature, one that would make you cry. A weird instrumental section ensues in this song, however, it adds further to the depressive emotion that the songs churns out. The single Don't Fall Asleep (Horror Part 2) is probably one of the best, if not the best song on here. From the moment the starting lyrics are cleanly sung, you cannot help but be overwhelmed by emotion. The vocals in the clean vocals gives you a sense of hopelessness, like you're somewhat engulfed in something, something which never ends. Then when you thought nothing more emotional could happen, BAM, the distorted, heavy chorus hits you. No words can describe how many will feel when it ensues. Feels sometimes, just like a knife piercing through your heart. The keyboards provides a very nice melody, coupled with heavy distorted sounds from the guitars. The death growls makes it a tad more brutal, but is rather fitting. There is also a weird haunting female chant in the background. Just put them all together, and you get one of the most depressing moments on the album.

By now, with most albums, you'd already probably be somewhat bored due to the length (each song averages about 6 minutes). However, your attention grows as the album keeps playing. Also, despite the depressive nature of the album, you still somewhat have the urge to keep going on...just like an endless train ride. Too Cold For Tears is the definition of doom. Slow, heavy, melodic, depressing...most elements of doom is here, a very enjoyable, and well...yes, yet again, depressing song. The atmosphere that the song portrays is nothing short of special, amazing how such simple atmospheric stuff can capture your emotions. The Empty Skies and No Light, No Hope portrays more of the aggressive side of the album. Unrelenting in it's assault, grabbing you by the neck, never letting go till the end. The album's closer, These low lands is a very good last song by any means. The keyboards play a large part in this song, listen to the melody on 0:20 for an example. The combination of clean and growled vocals combines really well on here.

All in all, this album is anything but hopeful. Hope will remain a very contradictory album title, with its endless depressing moments. However, this album, is in a sense...a hope. Never have i heard anything in my entire as depressing as this. Granted, i did try out some My Dying Bride. However, it did not appeal to me back then. This, my friends, is hope beyond hope. Exactly, what doom should be (if you take away the higher tempo).

There is no pros and cons, nor best or worst song. This album is a must have for fans of doom meta...wait, metal in general. No! wait! For fans of music in general. The amount of emotion churned out is unsurpassed. Even if you're not a huge fan of doom, give this a moment...and you might never let it out of your sight again.

This...my friends...

is Hope



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While not as good as their debut, Hope is yet another terrific release by one of the best modern doo...


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loathed
February 16th 2007


174 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the most depressing stuff that i've ever heard...

Comments?

:thumb:

Bfhurricane
February 16th 2007


6197 Comments


Interesting review, I may check this out. Finnish metal is never a letdown

Confessed2005
February 16th 2007


3314 Comments


This sounds like something I would enjoy. Good review my friend - concise but enough detail. Thumbs up!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2007


16481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never heard of these guys but this is a really good review, I'll check em out. Melodic Doom Metal sounds very interesting indeed.

EDIT- Just Heard "These Hours Of Despair" and WOOOOOW!!! This is amazing stuff, going to buy this CD today.This Message Edited On 02.16.07

Shattered_Future
February 16th 2007


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn you. I wanted to be the first to review this one. :mad:

This album is much, MUCH better than their last, Ghosts Of Loss, in my opinion. The keyboards are back in full force, and everyone has ramped up their songwriting immensely. The vocals are much improved, and I love the fact that there's more singing.

And yet, this doesn't deserve a 5. While it's undoubtedly the best album released so far this year in my eyes, these guys haven't changed much at all. The Morning Never Came was such a good album because these guys just completely overtook everyone in their genre and made an album that will stand the test of time. Whereas this will not. You've heard a few of the riffs before, and a couple of songs tend to drag.

As much as I nitpick and call out the flaws, this is still immense. Anyone would be a fool not to pick this up.

XSebbyMcMuffinX
February 16th 2007


339 Comments


I need this.

Mikesn
Emeritus
February 16th 2007


3709 Comments


I might have to check this out. Good job.

Foodforthegods
February 16th 2007


425 Comments


I need this too

Syncratic
February 16th 2007


756 Comments


Great job, dude, ace review! :thumb:

Just by that first paragraph, I'm checking this out.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2007


17945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've been trying to get The Morning Never Came for weeks. Haven't found it yet.

publicastration
February 16th 2007


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Beautiful album, although The Morning Never Came is still their best. Ghosts Of Loss was a disappointment after TMNC, although still good.

But, the opening riff to These Hours Of Despair is ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE ONE I WROTE FOR A SONG TWO MONTHS BEFORE I GOT THE ALBUM. x(

Shattered_Future
February 16th 2007


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shame. That's probably my favorite song on the album too.

Just think about it. You could have had my money. Instead, Swallow The Sun gets it.

publicastration
February 16th 2007


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Meh, when I form a band I'm going to go in a different direction than I started out anyway.

Traditional doom influenced by Sahg, Candlemass, and Solitude Aeturnus with some black metal influence as well (mainly in that there's some tremolo picking)

loathed
February 17th 2007


174 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[quote=Shattered_Future]
Damn you. I wanted to be the first to review this one.



This album is much, MUCH better than their last, Ghosts Of Loss, in my opinion. The keyboards are back in full force, and everyone has ramped up their songwriting immensely. The vocals are much improved, and I love the fact that there's more singing.

And yet, this doesn't deserve a 5. While it's undoubtedly the best album released so far this year in my eyes, these guys haven't changed much at all. The Morning Never Came was such a good album because these guys just completely overtook everyone in their genre and made an album that will stand the test of time. Whereas this will not. You've heard a few of the riffs before, and a couple of songs tend to drag.



As much as I nitpick and call out the flaws, this is still immense. Anyone would be a fool not to pick this up. [/quote]

I'm sorry... but you always do it still.

I gave this a 5 because i have never heard anything even remotely close to this before. I gave this to some girl-friend of my who was into metal yesterday, and i swear she cried!

On another note, are any of their earlier releases better or exactly like this?

publicastration
February 17th 2007


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

loathed:

The Morning Never Came is better, and that's their debut!

Ghosts Of Loss is good, but nowhere near as good as Hope and TMNC and as a result is a bit disappointing.

loathed
February 17th 2007


174 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hmm, thanks, i might need to check it out then!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2007


16481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just picked up "The Morning Never Came" yesterday at Newbury Comics... if you can't find TMNC and you have one of those stores around you they stock them.

Cravinov13
February 17th 2007


3854 Comments


Superb album and review. I still need to get the other two albums before this.

Mikesn
Emeritus
February 20th 2007


3709 Comments


This album is really good.

Confessed2005
February 25th 2007


3314 Comments


I saw this at my local HMV but I didn't have enough cash to buy



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