Hope Is Noise is the kind of band you listen to when you’re trying to release an exorbitant amount of angst and frustration but want to do so in a constructive, productive way. In their newest album Demons the band provide their listeners with an intense, heart-filled selection of music that varies in degree of consistency.
Having played together for nearly twenty years (that’s right, folks: 20), their sound is very tight, and their experience shines through in their recordings. I firmly believe that you can typically hear the history of the band in the music and Demons is no exemption. It definitely sounds like an album made by a group of old friends wanting to release their inner (you guessed it) demons. Songs such as “Gnarlsburg” and “Slow Valve” illustrate their passionate side, where tunes like “From There With Love” and “Bad Code” represent their angrier side.
Although the music is performed in a solid manner, it has a lot of peaks and valleys. There are some moments on the album where I am very impressed with Hope Is Noise’s sound, and there are others where that is not the case. Because the songs are structured in a way in which the sound continuously builds upon itself, the songs either hit fully or don't quite hit the bullseye.
More clearly stated, the songs typically run together, so the good ones remain good from start to end, where the not as good ones don’t improve as much with time. Sonically speaking, I think the band did a very nice job of creating layers and textures with a conservative amount of instruments, providing a massive sound palette.
When all things are said and done, I think that Demons is a good release, but after twenty years I would expect a bit more consistency. It seems to me that the band utilized several different styles and approaches in their sound, which is to their benefit, however I believe they could have done so in a manner that proved to be a bit more cohesive to the flow of their album. I look forward to hearing what Hope Is Noise puts out in the future, as they seem very close to creating something great.
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