Do you like metalcore? Do you like songwriting that gives an album a consistent theme throughout? If you said yes to either one of those questions, you’ll love Convictions‘s new album, Hope For The Broken. This is their second full length album with InVogue Records. Besides the beginning of ones song, “Feel Alive”, and a short instrumental track towards the end of the song, Hope For The Broken stays consistently heavy throughout with Michael Felker’s screams matching John Fleischmann’s clean vocals.
While the members of Convictions‘s talent was what I noticed most during my first listen of Hope For The Broken, after reading through the lyrics more, I saw a trend in the theme of the songs that match the album title perfectly. The lyrics take you through a journey of highs and lows but ends on a positive note with the title track, “Hope For The Broken”. One of the most emotional tracks in “Voices”. This song tells the story of the lyricist having an internal battle with the voices in his head. Maybe he really hears voices but it seems like he’s having an internal battle about never feeling good enough. He seems hopeless in the chorus “When will this ever end? // All these voices in my head // They want me dead, they want me dead // I’m hanging by a thread” but seems like he’s taking control in the breakdown “Well, I’ve had enough so shut up // So shut your mouth // Shut up shut up // I’ve had enough”. This is a theme that is consistent in the songs and the album as a whole.
The the instruments provided everything a good metalcore song needs. It was full of mosh inducing breakdowns, heavy guitars and powerful drums. Talking about breakdowns, my favorite was in “Never Wanted It This Way” (starting at 2:34 if you want to listen). To add to the already good vocals, there were some guest appearances from some familiar bands. “The Storm Will Pass” featured Chris Rotter of Like Moths To Flames and “To Sleep Is To Feel” featured JT Woodruff of Hawthone Heights.
In Hope For The Broken, Convictions incorporated all the pieces of a good metalcore album and did it well. The lyrics were clean and catchy while the music was heavy. I had never heard them before but they now have a spot on my Spotify playlist. Speaking of Spotify, you can listen to Hope For The Broken here and if you like what you hear, support them on Amazon.
I give Hope For The Broken a 9/10.
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