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High Hopes: Sights And Sounds

Album Review

Reading hardcore hopefuls offer a feast for the senses

This British quintet’s second release (their first since signing to Victory) has a ton of good songs, with Nick Brooks’ raspy vocals providing an awesome focal point amid the crushing riffs and the melodic, interweaving guitarwork.

Vanguard and the title track see these interact in perfect unison, making for some of the most exciting tracks on the album. As further examples of High Hopes’ emotional spectrum, the clean vocals and layer of melancholy in The Greater Plan sees them at their most poignant and hooky, and closing track Revelation shows them at their most fierce and full pelt.

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