A Hope For Home
In Abstraction


4.5
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by JrmyPrks USER (3 Reviews)
January 2nd, 2012 | 22 replies | 5,317 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In the increasingly stagnant post-hardcore, metal scene today, experimentation is becoming ever more elusive. Just as 2011 comes to a close however, a hope for home's latest entry "In Abstraction" defies trends and brings forth a refreshing, even more exp

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

For the sake of whomever finds their eye looming upon this lengthy review, I'll forgo detailing my contempt of mankind for not embracing this band with a resounding cheer, or my sincere gratitude of these six men for their persistent artistic fortitude, despite their lack of aforementioned support. I'll also withhold the fact that their blend of post-metal, sludge metal, experimental, ambient rock (etc.) is unmatched and would make even groups as prolific as Isis and Thrice proud.

No, I'll skip all that, and get straight to the crux of the matter: The simple facts.

Clean vocalist Matt Ellis' atmospheric vocals dominate the majority of the music this time around; his voice seamlessly blending into the very inner workings of each song, floating just above the immersion of sound below. This is most notably demonstrated in "Weaved" in which Ellis displays his vulnerability as his tattered voice tells us his story, looking in at what once was amid a steady procession of noise. Nathan Winchell's screamed vocals offer no variation from "Realis" but that fact is in no way to their downfall, for they still pack a weighty and appropriate punch. Be it urging his fellow man to introspection in the sonic impact that is the opening track "Calm", or forcefully coercing brotherhood in the closing track, "Everything that Rises Must Converge". The back and forth (or lack thereof in some songs), provides a satisfying variation between the heavier and lighter passages of the album, keeping the listener pleasantly surprised.

The heavily-distorted instrumentation of the album too is masterful, each respectively blending into a transcendent symphony. Matt, Tanner, and Dan's combined guitar work creates an intricate sound, again engaging the listener from start to finish; from the forlorn, angst-ridden "Out of Misery, Ruin" to the restorative, hopeful feel of "Firewind", or to the tranquilizing, dynamic composition that is "Tides". The percussion throughout the album, though nothing ground-breaking, does a good job of complementing each song, building up to a resounding clash or dramatizing the calmness in a steady whir. The addition of electronic elements and the use of more keys is a welcome update to A Hope For Home's arsenal as well, which of course are done in a very natural, non-gimmicky way.

The lyricism of "In Abstraction" too has matured. It comes with a heavy amount of introspection as any veteran listener would expect to find, but this time around, with a lack of any overlying concept. The lyrics being a bit more relatable to the average Joe, yet still poetically and intellectually profound. A prime example being the closing lyrics of "The House Where You Were Born" where Ellis laments, "I used to be such a burning inception, When days ahead seemed as brilliant as morning’s light Spent my life waiting for the rising sun But the dawn has come and left me here to find- While I don’t recognize who I’ve become I’ve grown much farther from the person I once was So like the glare out from evening’s glow I’ll close my eyes and let this go."

Unfortunately, we live in a day and age where absolute gems such as this will be overlooked. Sadly,
I foresee this album forever being a cult classic for those who appreciate true artistry, but perhaps remaining untarnished is for the best. What I can say though, is that A Hope For Home has managed to once again, successfully experiment with a completely different sound, that doesn't stray too far or hover too closely to what they've already established. These six men have matured and created a true masterpiece with "In Abstraction" that offers variation, introspection, and so much reverb that a person could get lost for days on end. "In Abstraction" is also a testament to their artistic validity in the fact that despite the conventional 3-minute breakdown-laden 'whatevercore' that comprises the majority of Facedown Records, this album offers something different; despite reception, social norms, and monetary gain.

"In Abstraction" is if anything, a last hope in a dying scene, and though it will never be deservedly praised, it is an artistic triumph, that should find a welcome place in the collection of anyone who appreciates good music.


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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2012



28388 Comments


architects????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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IAmKickass
January 3rd 2012



840 Comments


Was a little worried that they'd lose their heavier side with this.

I'll probably check this out during this week, hoping to rate all three of their albums by this weekend. Have a pos.

wacknizzle
January 3rd 2012



12896 Comments


Good review, this is pretty cool but it's never fast enough for me, this+Thrashy Converge riffs=perfection

Digging: Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers

JrmyPrks
January 4th 2012



307 Comments


@Theacademy- Uhm.... Maybe some context would help?

@ThirtySixChambers- Yeah, Realis is one of my all time favorites on so many levels. This album however, is more of an evolution from Realis than a continuation; the two are pretty different.

@IAmKick- Yeah, they're definitely still heavy, but it's definitely a sludgier heavy than Realis

@Wacknizzle- Thanks, man!

Nikkolae
February 17th 2012



4823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is just unf

Digging: Clipping - CLPPNG

Spec
April 17th 2012



27102 Comments


I heard someone mentioned Architects in here. Had to see for myself.

Digging: Rinoa - An Age Among Them

haydenslame
April 22nd 2012



352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Everything this band has released is great. Realis was a completely perfect album. Will listen.

DurzoBlint
June 16th 2012



1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

needs more attention... this album and realis rule hard.

haydenslame
June 16th 2012



352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i agree. i love this album/band. i just bought this on vinyl not too long ago.

DurzoBlint
June 18th 2012



1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just bumping it because I am playing it again. Last 3 tracks contain awesome moments. A particular
riff repeated throughout "the house you were born" is beautiful ^_^ (1:43 - 1:50)

DurzoBlint
August 8th 2012



1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The lyrics rule yet again.

skoopy48
August 28th 2012



1471 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love this

haydenslame
August 31st 2012



352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

True piece of art.

Zettel
November 16th 2012



589 Comments


Do not know about their first two albums, but the last two are really, really good. It is a mystery why they have remained a rather unknown band. Good review too.

JrmyPrks
November 20th 2012



307 Comments


Agreed. Didn't mind The Everlasting Man in spurts, though.. There are bits and pieces of intelligent life.

It's almost better that way though, isn't it? Despite many claims, the curse of the limelight remains to leave a band unadulterated for the most part. I almost praise this band for their reclusiveness, but I wish they at least had a decent following. Bah.

Zettel
November 20th 2012



589 Comments


I agree to some extent. As long as their niche appeal does not lead to disintegration, it is probably better they do not get overexposure. Seeing this band has four records, they are doing considerable well, it seems.

I am still very surprised how different their last two albums sound from each other (there is like one year between them!). I like this kind of progression in bands, being able to do different things while remaining *true*. I guess I just expected an average post-hardcore band, so to speak, and I found a group capable of expanding their sound. I have yet to hear the first records, but I do not doubt they have matured and sound much better these days.

JrmyPrks
December 16th 2012



307 Comments


True. I have a feeling they won't be in danger of disbanding / hiatus any time soon, but it is a worry.

Exactly! Their ability to have such a malleable sound that somehow remains constant is so amazing. I've spoken with the band on more than one occasion and they have a real appreciation for various forms of art, so I think they won't be running out of inspiration any time soon.. Though I would kill to see a Realis v2.

haydenslame
December 16th 2012



352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Realis is one of my all-time favorite albums. Their early work was kinda underoath formulated, but i like it. nothing too special for what it was at the time, but i'd give it a few listens if you havent already listened. They "announced" on their facebook a possible new album in the works. stoked.

JrmyPrks
December 16th 2012



307 Comments


Nice, man; same here. Realis is my all-time favorite album on so many levels, period. Yeah, I really dig The Everlasting Man, it's nothing revolutionary or anything, but it's still better post-harcore than about 90% of the bands out nowadays. Definitely listen to 'Iniquity: An Offering', 'Absolution: of Flight and Failure', or 'Infidelity: Kingdom's End'.

Oh man, I just about shed a tear of joy at this news, I am beyond ecstatic.

RosaParks
January 1st 2013



14836 Comments


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