Hopesfall
No Wings To Speak Of


5.0
classic

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
July 8th, 2008 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hopesfall's No Wings to Speak Of is not only the band's masterwork, but the defining album of the Melodic Metalcore scene.

Emotion. The word alone is subject to many meanings and connotations. To some it is a term used to describe everything from how they live their life to the music on their stereos written by androgynous teenagers. To others it is a sense of being. Something you feel when triggered at just the right moment and at just the right time. Something that is indescribable but yearns to be described. Something that when channeled, has the power to move you in just the right way that it becomes forever etched in who you are.

Even though the album begins with a blast of dissonance, it is not long before you hear the signature spacey-ness that makes up much of Hopesfall's sound. Reverb soaked leads spiderweb their way through even the heaviest of Doug Venable's screams and provide an uplifting feeling of hope in the music. It is never complex or over the top, just simple leads and octaves, but delivered in just the right way to perfectly accent the rest of the instruments.

The cornerstone of the album is the third track, The End of an Era. The near seven minute long track begins with atmospheric guitar over building drums before it breaks into the violence of the verse. It soon subsides into an ocean of clean guitar and feedback before building slowly back to crescendo with clean vocals and octaves. This one track, to me at least, defines not only Hopesfall, but is the crowning achievement of the Melodic Metalcore scene.

No Wings To Speak Of is more than just a starting point for one of the Hardcore (and eventually Post-Hardcore) Scene's most innovative bands, it is a recording that defines a genre. No Wings to Speak Of is a recording so full of emotion and power that embeds itself deep in your heart and becomes a part of you.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2008


17213 Comments


This is a resubmit.

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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 8th 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there's two copies of this at hot topic and i always think about buying one but i never do maybe i should??????

Edgecrusher
July 8th 2008


137 Comments


i think you should buy it

cbmartinez
July 8th 2008


2525 Comments


This is pretty terrible, can't stand the dudes voice, A Types and The Satellite Years are it with this band

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 8th 2008


16089 Comments


Dude no way, this is way better than A Types. I don't if its better than Satellite Years though.

delder1989
July 8th 2008


44 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this but lately I can't listen to the last song after The End of An Era. Can't really say if this is better than the Jay Forrest Hopesfall stuff but it still rules.

DaveBum69
July 8th 2008


699 Comments


Dude end of and era is so good, its the only one I have heard off this and its awesome

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 8th 2008


17213 Comments


I know what you mean. End of an Era closes perfectly and sometimes i dont want to ruin it by playing the last track.

DBlitz
July 9th 2008


1690 Comments


I kept putting this off and got it today, I'm on "The End of An Era", its a really nice track. Should I get Satellite Years?

delder1989
July 9th 2008


44 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes.

slep
July 9th 2008


1604 Comments


Good review, great band. However:

the defining album of the Melodic Hardcore scene.


I think Jersey's Best Dancers by Lifetime may hold that title better.

botb
July 9th 2008


9674 Comments


This band never put out anything bad but This and Satellite Years were their best. Though A Types and Magnetic North are still great.
one of my favorite bands and the end of an era is just simply an amazing track.

fireaboveicebelow
July 9th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not just end of an era, each song could stand on it's own it seems

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2008


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

finally bought this on clearance. i love the lyrics


Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2008


17213 Comments


about fucking time.

tr21
November 9th 2008


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best ep ive ever heard. four amazing songs. this is definitely the best hardcore ive ever listened to. april left in silence and end of an era are two of the best hundred songs ever written, one day ill write the whole list


Understanding
November 20th 2008


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i love this EP, it gets more done then most albums.

though i agree, it's hard to follow The End of an Era.

AbyssalCreation
December 1st 2008


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I recently picked this up used and this is just as good as The Satellite Years.The End Of An Era is simply phenomenal and obviously the highlight of this EP, but every song is great.I just wish it was longer...R.I.P you once magnificent band.

gaslightanthem
January 4th 2009


5209 Comments


well isn't this a little treasure - every song on this is amazing and with a few more tracks this could have been a 4.5 :eek:

handoman
January 5th 2009


2386 Comments


i think i got a virus downloading this



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