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If Hope Dies

Interview von: arne mit Gary, am: 10.05.2006 ]

“Life In Ruin“ ist bereits das vierte Album von IF HOPE DIES aus Syracuse, N.Y. und erscheint dieser Tage auf Ironclad, dem Label von Unearth’s Shouter Trevor. Und inzwischen präsentiert das Quintett seinen stets nach vorne gerichteten MetalCore-Stil zwischen Death und Thrash längst routiniert und effektvoll. Wären da nicht die gelegentlichen Ausflüge in Hardcore-(Mosh-)Parts könnte man fast von einer richtigen Melodic-Death-Kombo sprechen.


Musicscan: How did you first get involved into hardcore, metal, punk, grind, etc...? What is your background? Where you in any previous bands noteworthy to mention?

If Hope Dies: we grew up around syracuse, ny which was the hardcore capital of the world at that point. earth crisis, another victim and so many others so we grew up punk rock and hardcore kids. we still love that shit too even though our music went into a way more metal direction. Strife and cast iron hike will still be heard all too often in our van.

Musicscan: As you were forming If Hope Dies what was influencing the direction you would take the band and how did your sound develop since you founded the group?

If Hope Dies: like i was sayin we grew up in hardcore so thats what we sounded like at first. tough guy, old schoolish hardcore that now is more embarrassing than getting pants in gym class. we started rockin out to bands like shadows fall and in flames and kinda dove head first into those kinda of sikk ass metal bands. we listen to so many random genres of music that our newest album is kinda hard to pinpoint our influences i think, which is cool. i think it has as much to do with rock as metal or hardcore...it makes it more fun to play

Musicscan: What do you feel you accomplished after finishing your work on "Life In Ruin"? Does it feel good to see this record be available in stores soon? You even got an European licence on Metal Blade.

If Hope Dies: yeah, we actually hung out with brian from metal blade tonight at our show in seattle and he was a cool ass dude. writing and recording is so stressful i fuckin hate it. touring can be hard too but recordings is the worst so having that out of the way for a few years is amazing. we have been getting some good responses in the US thus far on the new shit so we hope you guys across the pond are into it cuz we should be there soon enough

Musicscan: Do you feel that the record is a pretty good representation of bands sounding as of right now? How would you sum up this release in short words?

If Hope Dies: we are hoping that this record reaches more audiences than just metal and hardcore. the more we tour and talk to people it seems they are getting more open minded about all sorts of music. i hope that rock and rollers dig it as much as long hairs and gym short karate moshers. there are parts of songs that you can shake your ass and then the next part beat someones face inside out.

Musicscan: What makes If Hope Dies stand out from your own point of view and what do you consider to be bands trademarks?

If Hope Dies: the new album has some brutal riffs that i cant believe our guitar player wrong cuz hes the least brutal guy ever. were really proud of our lyrics too. a lot of metal bands kinda stay clear of anything political, which is fine, but i like that our screamer isnt screaming about nothing. hes got some thought provoking shit man. other than that we just got some sweet tunes that hopefully never get out of your head

Musicscan: Life In Ruin covers a lot of bases musically - there's something for everyone of hardcore, metalcore or more extrem metal. Were you going for a more inclusive approach or is it an intentionell drive to make the songs as varied musically as possible?

If Hope Dies: we knew we didnt want a straight up heavy metal album. we love metal but that wouldnt be enough to make it last for us. if we have to play these 11 songs everyday for the next 2 years than we needed to incorporate everything we love, without sounding like garbage...which was trying indeed.

Musicscan: What did you guys do differently on Life In Ruin, that you hadn't done previously to keep things progressing? Were there any particular adjustments or things that you wanted to improve upon from a technical aspect of writing?

If Hope Dies: we wanted a faster, heavier, better written album than we ever even tried to write before. this was kinda the first time we tried to write an album instead of 11 random songs thrown together. our singer, al, did some amazing vocal parts that before entering the studio we didnt even know he could do. he added more to our songs than we ever thought. we wrong the songs with chorus's and verses and whatnot so it was a lot simpler than ever before so we knew it was gonna come down to vocals to make the record sikk. al went above and beyond our expectations and transformed what we wrote into something we are stoked and proud of

Musicscan: What bands do you consider to be truly inspiring to you? Do you think that your songwriting is affected by music your hear, or do you try not to be influenced by that? Personally I hear a lot of influences by Killswitch, As I Lay Dying and Unearth.

If Hope Dies: we love all three of those bands down to our souls but i dont know if they played that huge a role in our writing. we try not to sound like we get parts from bands cuz honestly we dont listen to a ton of metal. id say we take more from those bands live shows and responses than the actual music they write. we try to write songs that make the crowd go nuts and is a blast to play and i feel that those bands do the same, and thats why they are so good.

Musicscan: Any chance to see you guys playing live overhere soon?

If Hope Dies: oh yeah brotha! we are working on some shit as we speak actually. we always get these offers and something always fucks up with them but i got a good feeling about this next idea. cant tell you yet but youll know soon enough.

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