The main focus for A Time To Hope seems to be a positive message and an energetic live show. The energy is clearly present on the five complex and strange songs on this album. They continuously seem to change, alternate and explore new directions. The result is a mesmerizing orgy of intense metal, drenched in something I can only describe as noise rock. Just listen to opener 'Rosarosa' or 'Sweet T' and you'll know what I mean.
You'll also understand why I mentioned Living Colour. Apart from the typical post-hardcore screams, there are some clean vocals which remind me a lot of Vernon Reid, not only in timbre but also in vocal lines. It's a fresh approach I must say, one that definitely gained my interest. And then there are even some more surprises, like the instrumental, almost post-rock resembling, 'VII' or the soundscapes in 'Lemon Cupcake'.
In all, these are quite complex songs with a flair for both fierce riffs and insane experimentation. You'll notice that there are some damn good musicians behind this project, capable of adding thrash metal to hardcore and post-rock to progressive noise, or something like that. I have to admit that I was a bit weary of the post-hardcore tag, which isn't really my cup of tea. Yet, after listening to this, it really feels like this genre has started to evolve again, courtesy of A Time To Hope...