Broken Hope — Grotesque Blessings (1999)

20.04.2002  :: АрхивАрхив рецензий Автор: Chris Alfano

For some reason, death metal fans seem staunchly divided when it comes to Broken Hope. With reactions ranging from shameless worship to utter disdain, it’s difficult to understand what all the controversy is about. The band’s latest disc, «Grotesque Blessings», offers painfully brutal riffs, blazing technical runs, and a subtle intricacy that invites repeated listening. The thing I love most about this band is the «complexity bordering on total chaos» ethic which is more common in bands outside their genre ( i.e. Coalesce, Converge). As such, Broken Hope makes it clear that this is not a standard death metal release. This is especially apparent in the unique interraction between guitarists Jeremy Wagner and Brian Griffin, who complement each other perfectly. Whether they are trudging through deeply distorted harmonies («Chemically Castrated»), or interspersing such tracks as «War Maggot» with quick acoustic licks, it seems as though these guys were destined to play side by side. There should be little doubt in regards to this band’s integrity. Broken Hope is truly rising above the sea of imitators and forging their own path.

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