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A-Types (Trustkill)

By: Mike SOS

Hopesfall latest release is a much lighter affair than previous releases by this North Carolinian quintet, as A-TYPES contains many more radio friendly moments. Although, the band's Glassjaw comparison can still be drawn at times, especially on the staccato riff stacked "Start and Pause", the band strayed far away from getting any more tense than that, opting to go the route of bands like Codeseven and become a bit more melodically driven. At the end of the day, despite the sprinkling of muscular guitars and screamo vocals, the change of style coupled with the slick production merely lumps Hopesfall in the heap of bands who use the same tricks, hoping in turn to shed their hardcore skin for more mainstream appeal. While the outfit's heart may still be in the music, stadium rock choruses found on tracks like "The Ones" fit a bit more snug on bands like Story of the Year opposed to Hopesfall, who at times sound jagged and disjointed, but for all the wrong reasons.
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