The Blackout - Hope
Following on from 2009’s well-received The Best In Town, post-hardcore outfit The Blackout are back with a record that sees them overcome the obstacles of 2010. Having been released from their major label contract, and subsequently left penniless, this one has been funded entirely by fans through the PledgeMusic scheme. Aptly-titled Hope, it's a slap in the face to all those that doubted the sextet could do it without a record label and financial backing. Album opener ‘Ambition Is Critical’ lays all the cards on the table with its punchy introduction of "Call me what you want / Ask me what you will / We are doing this / For nothing but the thrills". Lead single and radio favourite ‘Higher And Higher’ showcases a somewhat softer sound and boasts a guest appearance from rising rapper Hyro Da Hero. The Welshmen continue to burgeon, with their mish-mash of heavy and light working particularly well on metal-tinged ‘The Devil Inside’ and atmospheric closer ‘The Storm’. Offering up some of their strongest work to date, the full-length is incredibly enjoyable and marks the boisterous return of a group whose future looked exceptionally bleak less than a year ago.