Hopesfall
A Types


4.5
superb

Review

by Storm In A Teacup USER (106 Reviews)
July 15th, 2018 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "What if we make a space rock album where the bass and drums prominently drive the songs so that our guitarists can float melodies around like a couple of post hardcore butterflies? I should probably stop screaming if we do."

Hopesfall albums are generally more uplifting than anything and retain a strong introspective approach. A Types lets these qualities shine through. This was the third LP for the band and is a major change from their previous catalogue. One of the more note-worthy changes in A Types is front-man Jay stopped screaming and instead sings in all styles soft, melodic, and throaty wail. Lead single 'Icarus' explodes straight into what feels like a chorus, starting the song with no warning at all. That first thirty seconds highlights the entirety of A Types; every instrument shines without signature walls of sound that the band has tasked themselves with creating on every other release, whether it be natural or by choice.

And seemingly the more hopesfall will release new albums, such as Magnetic North and Arbiter, the stranger A Types will get. Before and after you could say Hopesfall was a band that always layered dense tracks one after another, but A Types is bare boned half the time it is running. You have a bass, two guitars, and drums leading you from one section of a song to another with a clear consensus on where things are headed and what you are hearing with no distractions. No drowning wall of sound is going to paint an "artsier, layered" approach to A Types. Your favorite parts of A Types will be when the bass does this or the guitars do that, thus making A Types timeless in Hopesfall's discography; you can tell someone it was the sequel to Arbiter or Magnetic North and if they didn't know any better they would probably believe it.

Pounding drums are brought higher into the mix, giving A Types a constant feeling of immediate attentiveness. The bass usually drops direct straightforward rhythms prominently complimenting everything else, but also seemingly acts as conductor, grooving and literally sliding all over. The bass and drum combo on "Icarus" is gorgeous for instance, but the guitar harmony during the verses of songs are utterly enjoyable. Six stringed instruments playing incredibly melodic riffs still possess some of the density which characterized Satellite Years, as if to ask everyone "hey do you see what I'm doing over here". The harmonized guitar lays hidden at times and pops off randomly taking you off guard on many songs only to emerge on the next section with a very persuasive presence of m/ riffage.

A Types is welcoming and entertaining, creating a heart warming affair. It simply can't be stated enough how rewarding it is to hear an album that has nothing holding it back. The songwriting is impeccable and the whole album bangs rhythmically. Each instrument has its own job in the system and stands out for sticking to a rigid plan. Such well behaved music shouldn't sound this good.



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Storm In A Teacup
July 15th 2018


24553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Per Sempre Marciamo may be the most seductively violent song I've ever heard. I know I'm not a good reviewer but I would still prefer to have this enjoyment of talking about music in detail.

Darius the Great
July 15th 2018


18536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Now I'm satisfied.

Storm In A Teacup
July 15th 2018


24553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Satisfaction comes quick when you ask for a review I'd already been working on lol

clavier
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2018


819 Comments


this summary is very charming

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Storm In A Teacup
July 15th 2018


24553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:3 sometimes i don't write the worst sentences

Dewinged
July 15th 2018


12326 Comments


lol Storm you really are in a Hopesfall kick these days.

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Hopelust
July 15th 2018


3233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Storm and I have been two of a total of 5 people keeping the hopesfall threads alive for the last like 5 years. Hes been on a hopesfall kick for the past decade.

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Dewinged
July 15th 2018


12326 Comments


No shit.

jesterhead92
July 15th 2018


5482 Comments


Matchmaker’s Haven is a ripper

Lucman
July 15th 2018


1302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Jamming this one now. Drastic change of sound but I'm liking it. Almost like a rough draft of Arbiter.

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Lucman
July 15th 2018


1302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Breathe from Coma is top tier stuff.

Lucman
July 15th 2018


1302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wish I can say I loved the rest but it sounds so much like a product of its time compared to Satellite Years which, despite the somewhat shoddy production, sounds good today. Not to mention the screaming which wasn't good at all.

Relinquished
July 15th 2018


38417 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

that's why this doesn't resonate with me

bananatossing
July 15th 2018


624 Comments


it's true. a types sounds more like a product of its time compared to the rest of their albums.

its biggest fault tho is the drumming. i think adam morgan leaving made a huge impact. he actually recorded some demos for this and it sounds rad, it had a lot of potential: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6G5BgL8qD0

Storm In A Teacup
July 15th 2018


24553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well maybe. Whether he recorded them or not he considers that album his. He wrote 8 of the 10 songs.

bananatossing
July 15th 2018


624 Comments


wow 8? man i really wish he'd stay for the recording process

still, a great album nonetheless. thanks to a types i was able to get into satellite years so i'll forever owe this introducing me into hopesfall

Storm In A Teacup
July 15th 2018


24553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Same!

Storm In A Teacup
July 15th 2018


24553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The average for this and Frailty both went up in the last 24 hours! Sex!

Darius the Great
July 15th 2018


18536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Ones and Matchmakers Haven are my shit

Storm In A Teacup
July 15th 2018


24553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I feel like this album is better because of the track listing selection. The order of songs is exactly how it should be.



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