"Where There is Despair, Hope" (Five Point; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

The Hostage Heart, unknown to me up until the point I sat down to review “Where There Is Despair, Hope,” play a chaotic and abrasive blend of hardcore, death metal riffing, and quasi-thrash with the solid backing of positive lyrics, straightedge philosophy, and Christian beliefs. It’s always refreshing to hear a band that concerns itself with the more positive things in life.

“Where There Is Despair, Hope” is a five song EP that effectively gets the band out into the record stores and the public eye where, despite impressive touring, they probably remain largely unknown to most in the metal community. However, “Where There Is Despair, Hope” is an impressive start and will allow the band to spread their good words via their frenetic metalcore maelstrom. Alternately technically precise and savagely chaotic, The Hostage Heart proves to be part of the ever-exploding ‘metalcore’ genre. And I said to myself, “Could The Hostage Heart be from Massachusetts?” Well, yes, The Hostage Heart are from Massachusetts! The Hostage Heart are yet another solid entry into the hotbed of modern metal – and Massachusetts can claim another band that has sprouted from the fertile grounds of creative expression.

The Hostage Heart are young upstarts and they’ve been signed by an upstart label called Five Point – methinks it’s a marriage made in Heaven. I also think that anyone into The Dillinger Escape Plan and Everytime I Die will probably only hear good things in “Where There Is Despair, Hope.” I’m also guessing that The Hostage Heart will go forth into the future with a ferocity rarely seen in metal circles.

“Where There Is Despair, Hope” was produced by Ken Susi (Unearth) and The Hostage Heart. Music this technical and frantic needs great production and Susi and the band deliver in spades.

The Hostage Heart: Chris Diamantis on vocals, Nate Lane and Jared Colby on guitars, Nate Fiske on bass, and Geoff Bahre on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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