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Magnetic North

Rating: 4/10 ?

May 10, 2007
Unfortunately for Hopesfall, their latest album, Magnetic North, points upward in name only. As for its content, this release only points south. Even with some moderate success, Hopesfall is still a band searching for a musical identity and find themselves unable to be anything but annoying as they sonically stumble about.

Jay Forrest might possibly be the worst vocalist in hardcore music. His strains are truly cringeworthy; he is often drowned out by his band completely and his attempts to rise back to the occasion feel amateurish at best and taxing more often than not. The album's opener, "Rx Contender The Pretender," begins with fairly impressive guitar work but by the time following "Swamp Kitten" is underway the realization that Forrest is Hopesfall's weak link is unavoidable.

Producer Mike Watts has proven himself capable at the helm on previous efforts, most notably with As Tall As Lions, but here there's only so much a man can do. The instrumentation and tones on songs like "Bird Flu" elevate the recording to a certain extent, but ultimately Hopesfall has created a mess not worth cleaning up, or paying much attention to for that matter.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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