The Hope Conspiracy
True Nihilist


3.0
good

Review

by pixiesfanyo USER (118 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2009 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Hope Conspiracy returns.

The Hope Conspiracy gained a lot of press with their 2006 release 'Death Knows Your Name'. Where as HopeCon had previously stuck to a typical hardcore sound with 'Death Knows Your Name' their sound expanded with a heavy rock influence thanks to the return of former Suicide File and HopeCon guitarist Neeraj Kane. After releasing what was seen by many as a career opus the group seemingly disbanded concentrating on other projects. 'True Nihilist' presents us with the newest material from the group in a handful of years and while the sound of HopeCon hasn't necessarily changed they've made a few choice adjustments to create a more powerful and melodic sound.

To start off with 'True Nihilist' is hardly worth speaking on as it is simply three tracks. The first two tracks seem to blend together as one half (as they do represent the a-side of the 7") and the last track is the culmination of the sound the group is working on throughout the record. 'In the Shadow of God' starts off the record with the traditional HopeCon sound. Heavy and melodic guitars over a intricate drum part make the track sound like a 'Death Knows Your Name' b-side. The vocal performance of the band has always been intriguing, but on 'True Nihilist' it seems as if maybe Kevin Baker has begun to have his age catch up to him. His screams seem a little bit weaker then they did when we heard them last and his material comes off as rehashed. Still the group is able to establish something somewhat intriguing considering they've been working with the same sound for nearly a decade. The true highlight of 'True Nihilist' is closer 'The Dismal Tide' which gives us a slow build up to a extremely poigant guitar solo courtesy of Neeraj Kane. 'True Nihilist' certainly isn't going to win over any new fans for The Hope Conspiracy, but it is nice to hear something from the band so strong even if it may also seem somewhat redundant.



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FreePizzaDay
August 2nd 2009


1526 Comments


Is this worth the money? 7"'s are hardly worth the money, I've learned...

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 3rd 2009


4970 Comments


used to love the hope conspiracy like 8 years ago. what's up with the album art?

accompliceofmydeath
August 4th 2009


4685 Comments


I didn't know that these guys were in the works of releasing anything new. I'll have to check this out.

Digging: AFI - All Hallow's E.P.

iamrockzorz
August 4th 2009


1029 Comments


This is a pretty stupid review.

danse
August 5th 2009


76 Comments


sounds cool 5/5

accompliceofmydeath
August 7th 2009


4685 Comments


iamrockzorz:
1. You're a jerk.
2. I don't fucking care one bit because you like Deadguy.

iamrockzorz
August 7th 2009


1029 Comments


1. No
2. My musical taste in no way defines my ability to understand whether or not this review has merit.

accompliceofmydeath
August 7th 2009


4685 Comments


I'm just sayin'. You like Deadguy and that's really all that matters.

iamrockzorz
August 7th 2009


1029 Comments


Excuse me? Musical pretentiousness... making fun of a band that is for pretentious people? When you like Set Your Goals?

Lol. shh.

rav3
August 9th 2009


35 Comments


^^ What a hypocritical comment! Accusing someone of "musical pretentiousness" and then doing the exact same thing back?? hmmm

Athom
Emeritus
August 9th 2009


17240 Comments


I think the real issue here is that someone doesn't like deadguy. WHAT THE FUCK?

rav3
August 9th 2009


35 Comments


Good review tho, I like these guys

iamrockzorz
August 9th 2009


1029 Comments


exactly. Musical pretentiousness can only be brought into conversation through pretentious music. I just don't understand how you can stand on a pedestal and find disgust with Deadguy, while praising Set Your Goals. Lololololol.

accompliceofmydeath
August 10th 2009


4685 Comments


Actually I was trying to say you like Deadguy (in a good way) and because of that, it was ok that you were being a dick. Deadguy is actually one of my favorite bands and Fixation On A Coworker one of my favorite albums, so I think it was just a misunderstanding. Damn the internet for not being able to show tone of voice...

NicoleNicole
August 11th 2009


1 Comments


You can buy the 7" that comes with a digital download on the DW Estore or you can just buy the album digitally for $3, not exactly a ton of money. The artwork is awesome, so I'd suggest getting the physical copy - done by Thomas Hooper who is an artist/tattoo artist out of London who now lives in NYC.

There is the scoop for anyone that was wondering!



ConsideredDead
June 29th 2010


121 Comments


I need to check this out...ASAP!

cvlts
June 29th 2010


9480 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There's better stuff.

cvlts
June 29th 2010


9480 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I guess. I like hope con too but this is eh...



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