genre : symphonic/avant-garde/industrial black/death
similar bands : Solefald, Transcending Bizarre?(1st album), Kadenzza
origin : France
strong spot :songwriting, orchestrations,originality
weak spot : production is plastic but fortunately doesn't ruin the compositions
H.O.P.E. stands for Human or Pain Existence (!!?). Well..., despite its terrible and naive name, this one-man project is very interesting and reveals a rare talent. You can not categorize H.O.P.E.'s style since it embraces lots of different elements from different styles such as modern prog rock, progressive metal, symphonic black, industrial etc. This is a big risk and most of the times yields in non-solid, strange-sounding, messed up albums. But here all the heterogeneous elements blend almost flawlessly and result in an bizarre, yet catchy masterpiece. I haven't heard such a brilliant eclectic release since the re-release of Transcending Bizarre?s debut album ''The Four Scissors''.
9,3 out of 10 goatheads
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