MIA HOPE - We Are Just Satellites

Mia Hope - We Are Just Satellites

12 songs
54:57 minutes
***** **
Rising

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Mia Hope are a young English band that tries to set new accents in the metalcore genre. After their EP The Collapse Of Etymology in 2007, We Are Just Satellites is the band’s first longplayer.

The songs’ structures are unequivocally metalcore, but most of the tracks are so intricate that it becomes quite hard to label them. The five musicians add so many breaks and pace changes that their music gets a nearly avant-garde touch. The band is at their best when they act totally hectically, as on Great Danes With Wings and 50 Year Storm. But even quieter moments find their way into Mia Hope’s songs. The mostly fast tracks come with surprising breaks that you would normally expect from a post rock band. Despite their abruptness, the breaks fit perfectly into the band’s weird concept. Other highlights on the CD are the Meshuggah-like More Optimistic Days and the concluding Writing In The Dark which works as a summary of everything that happened before.

As good as this all sounds, there are also two points of criticism I want to expose. For one thing, the raw vocals are too monotonous. If the singer goes on like that, his vocal chords will soon be shredded. Occasionally his performance works well, but overall it feels to repetitive. Then I also believe that fifty-five minutes is too long for this debut album. Two or three tracks can’t really uphold the overall high quality level. For instance the eleventh track Glass Building With Amazing Lights disappoints considering how good the preceding material was. Some minutes less would have streamlined the record in a favourable way.

There are good and not so great things to be told about Mia Hope’s debut, but then this is usually the case with newcomers. I still suspect that there is enough potential at play to allow the band to improve in the future on the already very promising performance of this first album. Fans of Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah and Dysrhythmia should lend an ear or two to Mia Hope.

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