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Rhope: Turning Maybes Into Reality

Rhope: Turning Maybes Into Reality As a musician, it's gotta be a pretty good feeling when you know that your music is in the hands of people who are cognizant of what you're trying to do. For Bakerteam Records artist Rhope, a band who is described as being a melodic mix of heavy metal and rock, there was probably little concern that their debut release Turning Maybes Into Reality would go the route of, say, Death Magnetic or Blood Mountain. After all, when your mastering engineer is Tom Baker, a guy who is credited with polishing the works of Deftones, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and plenty of others, you'd be crazy to think that the final result would be anything short of perfect. That being said, the world is a mysterious place and bad records do get made. So, as they say in the world of sports: "That's why you play the game," or, in the case of music reviewing, "That's why you listen to the album before you judge it."

Now, let me start this off by telling you just how much I appreciate the fact that Rhope is a band that understands how to incorporate melody into really heavy music. Where many a band, in taking a melodic approach to writing an album, gave us radio-friendly garbage void of all metal sensibility, the four-piece from Italy has somehow managed to sound that much more brutal. And when I say brutal, I mean the steering wheel-punching, ear-bursting, scream at the top of your lungs kind of brutal that you felt the first time you heard Filth Pig. That being said, Turning Maybes Into Reality is much more than the blast beats and sore throat vocals that typify the in your face, hardcore-influenced metal band. Rather, this album is full of crazy little surprises, including groovy psychedelic riffs, funky bass breakdowns, and slow-to-mid tempo arrangements ala Weedeater and Fu Manchu. I don't know about you, but where I come from, that's a pretty interesting, if not awesome combination of sounds.

I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Turning Maybes Into Reality finds its way onto a few 'Favorites of 2012' lists. Clearly a must listen.

Track Listing
1. Slaves
2. Into The Box
3. Parallel
4. False Needs
5. Lust
6. Your Peace
7. Comedown
8. Truth Lies
9. Extinction Is Forever
10. Entropy Of Brain
11. Cut The Pressure
12. Now

Added: January 30th 2012
Reviewer: Wesley Smith
Related Link: Bakerteam Records
Hits: 1999
Language: english

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