HOPE ERODES - LOST TO SUPREMACY (Independent)
Hope Erodes is a new talented bunch of young people who want to put their stamp on the Belgian Metal map. Their first setbacks are vanquished, as they succeeded to empanel a stable lineup that is ready to guide them to the next step in their career. Initially, they recorded 4 tracks in the summer of 2013 as a promotional sampler, but due to the overwhelming reactions from their local fan base, they decided to release the songs as an EP, named ‘Lost To Supremacy’. The recordings took place at the Red Left Hand Studio in cooperation with Sven Janssens, and they can be proud on the achieved result! Many bands suffer to complete their lineup, but when Kris Lenaerts (vocals) and Joël Van Tendeloo (bass) joined the band, they switched into higher gear. This stable lineup resulted in a mix of hardcore with slightly US trademark, and at the same time totally ‘un-Belgian’. This is a good move, as the musical direction of Hope Erodes is currently on the rise, and in addition, the band plays their core above the average. First of all, the sound of ‘’Lost To Supremacy’ is top-notch as every member has a perfect mix and sound, and as a whole, the band brings their metal like a wrecking ball.
Opener ‘Consumer of Death’ starts with a good and heavy riffing while the vocals of Kris add a little Lamb Of God influence. This first track is a very good opener as it indicates what this band is all about. Heavy, well dosed aggression, a melodic guitar riff that guides you through the song and convincing vocals! ‘Consumer Of Death’ can also be described as the title track of this EP as the phrase Lost to Supremacy is part of the lyrics. The next track ‘The Newborn’ is connected seamlessly and continues where the opener ended. The song is in the same vein as the first track and has again a very entertaining guitar riff, and we also hear a lead guitar solo that is lifting this track to a higher level. I also want to mention the break at the end of ‘The Newborn’, as it adds variety in the song writing of Hope Erodes. ‘Waiting For the Fall’ begins different, at slower pace, but once the vocals drop in, we get another highlight from Hope Erodes. Again, the vocals are taking a leading role, and while the strings of Wim Govaers and Arun Rao are accelerating, Hans De Vries is taking care of a solid concrete foundation. The fourth track on this is EP has a lot of twists and breaks and might be nominated as the best track so far. ‘No Quick Fix’ is bursting out of energy and the many breaks result in a real highlight!
So far, Hope Erodes, proved to be one of the best Antwerp Metalcore bands in years, and I’m sure that there is a great future ahead of this band. They are nominated to play the 2014 edition of Antwerp Metal Fest Contest and they are also in the running for the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle. So, in the end, we can conclude that the future of Hope Erodes has only begun… More info at: https://nl-nl.facebook.com/hope.erodes
My rating: 86 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish