- Jason Hesley
Hope Hole to release "Beautiful Doom"
Hope Hole return with their second output, but things have changed... The in-your-face bluesy doom metal styling of the band's debut are long gone and in their place,we find a more mature, more complex offering. Do not fret, this is still doom metal at its core, but it’s become something more thanks to an infusion of psychedelic, gothic, sludge and indie elements and a hefty helping of synth.While some tracks may offer a lighter, less abrasive take on the genre, the underlying energy, tone and content of the music is more depressive than ever. There's a gloom that hangs over the music, as it expresses complex but highly relatable themes. The gothic influences really help to achieve this emotional depth while giving the music its unique overall sound. Any listener should immediately notice that no two tracks on the album are the same, as each offers a completely different blend of the aforementioned genres. Some tracks feel as if they're straight from the 80s goth rock/post-punk scene, while others are raucous, heavy headbangers. Ultimately though, the best tracks are those that effortlessly combine the two vastly different styles.