It appears all I’ve been reviewing recently have been a bunch of different metal bands. Well, I hope you haven’t gotten tired of them yet because here’s another one. Hope for the Dying is a newer progressive metal band that has released two records on Facedown Records/Strike First Records. Their debut self-titled album was met with mixed reviews, with some people loving it and some people disliking it. Hope for the Dying has been brought up from Strike First Records to Facedown to release their second effort, Dissimulation.

Going into this album, I didn’t expect much from it. I believed that it would probably be another solid Facedown Records release. What I didn’t expect was an album full of majestic orchestra arrangements. After finding out more about progressive metal, I guess that’s standard fare. For some reason Hope for the Dying reminds me of Impending Doom even though they don’t have any similarities. Josh Ditto’s vocals aren’t all that original and kind of sound the same as all the other metal lead vocalists’ bands out there. Another thing that I picked up on Dissimulation is that it’s filled with high-pitched, screaming guitars kind of like Becoming The Archetype‘s guitars.

This album is filled with a lot of ups and downs. It’s a mature second release that tries to standout from the crowd and at times it does. The problem is that with metal releases like Onward to Olympas and Gideon coming out a month or so ago it seemsthat thisbandkind of falls behind. But I guess I was just hoping for a little bit more from these guys. I would still say that this album is totally worth checking out if you get the chance.

3/5 Stars: Maybe it’s because I’m not the biggest progressive metal fan but this album just kind of bored me. It felt likeit kept lagging along and should have been shorter or maybe it needed to move faster. If you’re low on the dough and you don’t know if you want this album I would pass on it.

Brian Morrissette