SPUN: Hopesfall

By Chris Courtice

Dear Hopesfall,

What happened? You used to be really good. No Wings To Speak Of and The Satellite Years were awesome both excellent and skillful hardcore albums with melodic breaks and wicked screams.

They had a passion and intensity most bands wish they could match. Unfortunately, A-Types just seems to come up short in every aspect. Maybe it’s just you guys are in a whole other ballpark.

You just sound completely different, originality seems to have eluded you on this musical attempt. Every song sounds like it came straight from the latest emo punk rock band on MuchMusic. Some of the slow melodic riffs may be soothing, but are nothing new or unique. A few songs are kind of catchy in a cliched poppy kind of way. With the loss of most of your original members, it seems relatively smart to move in to the more mainstream rock arena. Just make sure you make up for the hardcore and metal fans you’ll inevitably lose due to this release, myself included.

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