Against All Hope
We have a long history of showcasing standout
indie artists, but with this special we take it one step further and showcase
standout indie artists that are making it happen on their own.
While the goal for most DIY bands is to
get their music out on their own and not wait for that "record deal", the
record deal is usually the ultimate goal. And when an artist takes it upon
themselves to go the DIY route with a self-release and succeed, it actually
makes it easier for a label to see the wisdom of signing them. That is
usually when labels will take a chance on a band that doesn't fit nicely
into a little "current trend" box. We here at the antiMusic Network
wish the artists featured here nothing but success, whether it is a total
DIY affair or they ultimately use their DIY skills to land a deal.
The artists featured in this series all
cover different areas of rock. The last time we looked at the debut album
from Long Beach Rockers Twelvehourmary.
This time we venture half-way across the U.S. to central Indiana to check
out metal monsters Against All Hope.
Metal: Against All Hope
By Joannie Foney
(Somewhere in Indiana) Out here in the
middle of nowhere little burg I call home, I think the following story
should help establish what a cool anomaly the thrash band Against All Hope
is for a place like this. There is a gigantic billboard hanging along a
road I drive, sponsored by one of the many country music stations that
infest my fair town. On it is a larger than life guy in a black cowboy
hat leering down at the drivers as they cruise by. I assume it's either
one of the DJs, or some big famous country dude. I have no idea, they don't
have any information on that billboard besides the station number &
call letters, smug in their belief that every single person that ambles
will know exactly who he is. In this seething hot bed of NASCAR aficionados
& big famous country guys that need no identification is a band that
must not have been born & raised here to produce a sound this intense.
They thrash so hard & well that I've decided they all must be from
someplace with an actual thrash music scene. Allow me tell you about their
new self-produced album, Revenge of Me.
As I listened to this album the first time,
2 questions occurred to me. 1) Would I be as impressed with these guys
if they didn't hail from Redneck Central? 2) How can a band that's missing
a bass player release a thrash album? The answers soon followed, lightning
speed. 1) You'd have to be from around these parts & not only know
who the black hat guy is, but have a huntin' dawg in the bed of your pickup
truck that barks out a greeting to the mysterious huge country dude as
you pass to not be impressed with the raw talent & excellence saturating
this CD. 2) The drummer, guitarist & vocalist fulfill their roles in
life so well you literally don't hear any musical shortcomings. Every song
amazed me initially for those 2 reasons. Fortunately, there is enough depth
here to have impressed me enough on other levels to write about them.
Against All Hope are obviously influenced
by the thrash metal cream of the crop, but rather than blatantly ripping
off their idols, they have their own unique sound. I detest music that
attempts to sail in on someone else's talent, I like anything that smacks
of freshness & originality no matter what metal genre it falls into.
These guys respect their metallic influences enough to leave other people's
riffs & hooks alone & come up with their own. That deserves heaps
of praise. The musical ability & talent in this little band screams
out for notice. I just can't say that enough different ways. The guitar
work is fast & creative & unlike anything else I've heard in a
long time. The weight of not having a bass player falls heavily on the
drummer, and man, can that guy jam! Some drummers can play lickety split,
sacrificing brute power for speed. Some can pound 'em with an intensity
that almost registers seismic shock waves on a Geiger counter. This guy
does both! The singer can not only actually sing, but scream along with
the best of them. The last song features not only the back & forth
between such vocal diversity, but the rest of the band demonstrating that
the singer is not the only musical chameleon in the band.
Hopefully this hillbilly town in the middle
of nowhere doesn't annihilate the thrashin' spirit that's so alive in Against
All Hope, & they are able to escape this living death we call home.
Maybe one day they'll be the anonymous guys on a billboard on a road I
drive... Nah, what was I thinking? The Clear Channel Radio Cartel jockeys
that musically strangle this town from afar with their fetid 3 Doors Down
and A Perfect Circle might have an embolism & die if they ever heard
anything much harder than Slipknot, unfortunately.
Check out http://againstallhope.tk/
for more info, to purchase Revenge of Me, or to apply for a job
as their bass player. If the latter, you better rock, otherwise your presence
is entirely unnecessary.
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