Review: Hope For The Dying- Dissimulation


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Facedown Records

Released April 26, 2011

Reviewed by Anthony Peronto

To be brutally honest, I came into this review with a bit of a biased attitude. While I have never heard of Hope For The Dying’s music and had no idea what style of metal they play, I was unfortunately reminded of something I missed out on the minute I played the intro. I have yet to pick up the newest album from my favorite progressive/death metal band: Becoming the Archetype. Though I can cope with this void, as “Dissimulation” played I instantly compared their music to BTA.

The intro has its organs blazing, making it a clear sign you’ve entered progressive metal territory. The best track in the entire album, “Vacillation,” has good old-fashioned guitar riffs mixed with a voice that sounds similar to August Burns Red. What follows are a collection of hits-or-misses, with “Orison” and “Imminent War” rounding off the best of the bunch. The other songs, while good in their lyrics and musical skill are just too long, have constant tempo changes, and have an overuse of strings. While Becoming the Archetype pulls this off somehow, “Dissimulation” doesn’t quite pull it off.

Despite pretty stellar album artwork and a few standouts, “Dissimulation” gives me the feeling any of these songs could be played in a movie soundtrack because of its abundance of orchestra-use. Only recommended for avid fans of progressive metal.

Grade: 3

Tracklisting:

  1. Exordium
  2. Vacillation
  3. Orison
  4. Transcend
  5. Imminent War
  6. Perpetual Ruin
  7. The Awakening
  8. The Awakening: Dissimulation
  9. The Awakening: Veil Lifted
  10. Vile Reflections
  11. Derision

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