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The Hope Conspiracy - Death Knows Your Name
01. They Know Not...
02. Deadtown Nothing
03. A Darkness In The Light
04. Animal Farm
05. Curse Of The Oil Snakes
06. Hang Your Cross
07. Suicide Design
08. Leech Bloody Leech
09. So Many Pigs So Few Bullets
10. Sadistic Sacred Whore
11. Stolen Days
2006 Deathwish Inc.


Reviewed by: Cory   //   Published: 12/10/2006

When the Hope Conspiracy released Cold Blue in 2000, they were at the forefront of the huge wave of quality Boston bands that dominated hardcore for years. Alongside American Nightmare and the Suicide File, (both of which shared members with Hope Con) they are one of the few that seem to have left a noteworthy mark and in 2006 they've returned (sort of) to further their musical legacy. While the group's recording and touring situation isn't quite normal due to the members' locations and responsibilities, Death Knows Your Name is, in most ways, a logical follow-up to Endnote and another strong platter of hardcore with a strong punk rock edge. For fans that spent four years wondering if the band would ever release another album, this is definitely the record you've been waiting for.

What's nice about the Hope Conspiracy is that they haven't gotten rusty in their time off and they also haven't lost their identity. These guys are all consummate professionals that have dedicated their lives to making music and when they get together, hardcore magic happens. While the band's other members were keeping their talents sharp with their other projects, Kevin Baker seems to have spent the last four years channeling his rage into the lyrics, which are definitely among the angriest hardcore lyrics I've come across in a few years. Much like the Suicide File's Dave Weinberg, Baker rails against any and every institution, religion or industry with a combination of intelligence, cynicism and fury.

In addition to being a great record, Death Knows Your Name is yet another testament to the continuing strength of the hardcore community that spawned the Hope Conspiracy. It was produced by Kurt Ballou and released by Tre McCarthy and Jake Bannon's Deathwish Inc. label, and features guest vocals from Nate Newton (Converge, Doomriders, Old Man Gloom) and Dwid "Hellion" (Integrity) and guitar solos by touring member Jim Carroll of the Suicide File. There's just a definite sense that this record is a genuine labor of love that couldn't have existed without the support of over a dozen individuals. As hardcore continues to age, (in some cases, quite poorly) it's just refreshing to see people that still adhere to its values despite the evolution of the music itself.

Bottom Line: As a Hope Conspiracy fan, I've been excited about this record since I first heard about it and I wasn't disappointed. It didn't have the immediate impact on me that Cold Blue did and it will probably take years of listening before it ranks near the band's other two records for me, but it's excellent nevertheless. Death Knows Your Name is a great hardcore record, definitely one of the best released this year.

bill_   posted 4/5/2010 4:58:32 AM
endnote was better......
anonymous   posted 5/26/2007 12:46:04 PM
^^^ your a gay, learn to realize when you should and shouldn't post something, The Hope Conspiracy is an amazing band.
gay_   posted 1/3/2007 5:32:39 AM
these guys suck, and so do all the people who just commented on how great of a band they are.
Bob Hope_   posted 12/22/2006 10:41:28 AM
Benjamin, too bad the real world won't accept you.
Benjamin_   posted 12/18/2006 5:41:09 PM
I happen to post on the b9 message board... it definitely is better than Lambgoat.

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