Sights & Sounds
Company: Victory Records
Reviewer: Greg Watson
UK metalcore band High Hopes deliver a high octane, high energy album with 'Sights & Sounds'. Combining 90's era punk, metalcore styled breakdowns, interesting melodies and solid vocals, this album puts a fresh spin and sound on the genre while still retaining some of its core elements. The vocals are solid throughout, oozing brutality and angst while still working in tandem with the music which really grabbed my attention for its departure from the norm. Sure, there are still the heavy breakdowns and chuggy riffs at times but the majority of the tracks have this very different, almost old-school rock feel to them that just captivated and amazed me. To hear these types of melodies and riffs paired with the growling vocals is something unique and very well done. I was thoroughly impressed with this it from start to finish with "The Callout", "Manipulator" and "Sights & Sounds" being my favorite track. If you are looking for something to freshen up the metalcore staleness that has been around lately then this is the album for you.
About this Writer:Greg Watson
// Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.