HARDCORE. That’s the word that comes to mind when listening to A Shattered Hope’s debut EP See You at the Grammy’s. The first track, “A Man’s Loss”, sets the tone for the rest of the EP with a hard hitting punch to the ears. The perfectly mixed guitars and double bass drum work is reminiscent of a band of veterans, not from such new-comers to the scene.
“I’m Rich, You’re Dead” continues the assault with the same distorted guitars and even more distorted vocals that the listener will hear through the entire record. A tempo change in the song helps the song stand out from others but does sound contrived. An overall review of the album suggests A Shattered Hope has the making of being a name in the hardcore and screamo community but nothing sticks out of being out of the ordinary. The unintelligible screaming will turn off many listeners but the guitar riffs may keep them around a little longer. When the band breaks from screaming and sings a couple of bars, the vocals and lyrics shine through and make you want to keep listening. With less melody and guitar solos than bands such as The Damned Things, A Shattered Hope still rocks hard and lets it all hang out.
This writer looks forward to hearing more from this up and coming San Diego outfit.
For Fans of: The Damned Things, Every Time I Die
Key Tracks: “A Man’s Loss”, “Thanks for the Coffin”