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The Hope Conspiracy


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Having survived a full US tour supporting Sick Of It All, you know this is going to be an intense outfit. What you may not know, however, is that emerging hardcore favorites The Hope Conspiracy has the potential of actually topping the legendary SOIA, as evidenced on this release, a reissue of their 1999 four-track vinyl-only EP, with two newly recorded tracks added for extra value.

Highly reminiscent of SOIA, this is hardcore at its very best, with strong leanings towards a heavy metal-sound. The primitive brutality of Black Flag, the aggressive sing-a-long of Dead Kennedys, the heavy monster-riffage of Motorhead, the youthful abandon of early Metallica – it’s all here, although that doesn’t mean that the album could have been made 20 years ago. It sounds highly contemporary, like the brilliant At The Drive-In without the Television-tendencies.

This is quite simply a must-have for any fan of aggressive, meaningful hardcore. All the six tracks are as in-your-face brutal as they come, yet they should all make you happily lose yourself to the beat of, say, “No Love Goes Unpunished” or “Divinity Sickness.” Go figure. The mark of a great band.

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