Tokyo, Japan’s melodic death metallers Faintest Hope play a strong blend of death metal influenced by the likes of Arch Enemy, Soilwork and early In Flames. There are plenty of catchy guitar harmonies and melodies, all the while the vocals just rip your ears off. The vocals kind of remind me off Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy, with that gritty, almost semi-growl style.
I like the fact this band can keep their music heavy and melodic, without boring the hell out of the listener, as the music has quite a few complex and catchy parts, which surely hold the listener’s attention. However, the paper-thin production has a lot to be desired as it takes away from the band’s overall brutality and feel of their music. Maybe, on their next release they can spend a little more time in the studio and work with a more experienced producer to give them that much needed edge to compete with the rest of the melodic death metal legions the world over. Having a nice, chunkier and meatier sound in the rhythm section will give these guys a heavy as hell edge, by making the bass guitar and drums sound fuller.
There are ten cuts on this album, which includes one very emotional-sounding instrumental song that gives their debut CD a little more variation within their music department.
I like Faintest Hope as they’ve tons of future potential to go toe to toe with some of death metal’s big names. Check it out if you dig melodic death metal. [Self Released] www.faintesthope.com Sarjoo Devani