Reviewed! Hope for the Dying - Dissimulation

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Hope for the Dying

Before you press play, know that Dissimulation is not a casual listen. It is a dense, layered record that requires your full attention and more than likely multiple spins, but as you read that keep in mind that this is a truly immersive album that will get better each time through - you’ll get out what you put into Dissimulation. As just another metal release, Dissimulation is a rousing success in itself, but when you consider that this is Hope for the Dying’s debut full length, it makes this record just that much more impressive. Dissimulation happens to be bookended by two of its more recognizable tracks, “Exordium” and “Derision,” and from the opening stages of the former to the closing breaths of the latter, Hope for the Dying does not disappoint at any turn, delivering troves of technically precise and pinpoint accurate guitars, bombastic shredding, thunderous blast beats, as well as some well-placed synth work that leads into moments of symphonic euphoria. Those sweeping symphonic movements drive portions of Dissimulation, helping to craft the albums overall lush sonicscape. “Transcend” and “Imminent War” are two of the better cuts here, though in reality you’re better off spending time with most all of these tracks. While listening, a band like the Human Abstract could come to mind (or Baroness for those astute listeners) at times, but its vocalist Josh Ditto that sets Hope for the Dying apart. Ditto’s vocal breadth seems endless as his ability to range from one end of the vocal spectrum to the other is a major reason why Dissimulation is so expansive. Hope for the Dying might seem like the new kids on the block, but Dissimulation is proof positive that these guys can hang with the big boys.