Formed in 2010 in Southampton, In Place of Hope consist of Matt Dennison (Vocals), Russ Barnes (Lead Guitar), Rob Arthur (Vocals/Guitar), Dave Sands (Bass), and Mike Hill (Drums). Though the band claim Southampton as their home, only one band member is actually originally from the town. All hailing from different places, they’ve met through the same serendipity that drives all musicians to each other. Encouraged by the likes of Parkway Drive, Bring Me the Horizon, Alexisonfire, Trivium, and Killswitch Engage, In Place of Hope sit firmly within the ranks of post-hardcore/metalcore with their epically hefty and aggressive sound. Yet their ability to dextrously manipulate melody serves to set them apart from bands more captured by the genre.
In Place of Hope spent much of 2011 playing throughout the South of England with bands such as Evita, Giants, Odessa, Despite My Deepest Fear, and Brotherhood of the Lake to name a few, garnering radio play, clothing endorsements, a feature in Front magazine and a glowing review from Hevy Petal. Touring and writing new material all the while, they gathered ammunition for their new EP, recorded with Justin Hill (Sikth) at Fortress Studios in London.
Their new self-titled EP is passionate and energetic throughout, kicking off in truly vicious style with the full-on abrasive onslaught of ‘Lifelines’. The second track, ‘Bridges’ offers the band room to spreads its wings, showcasing their guile and breadth of diversity with their dynamism and melodic flexibility. ‘Dark Roads and White Knuckles’ rounds off the record with juggernaut riffs and pounding rhythms that will force the senses into surrender. Each track carries its own thumbprint; heavy and melodic all at once, it is sure to make a name for itself within the UK hardcore/metalcore scene. The band are currently in the studio with Justin Hill recording two new singles to be released in Spring 2012 and have plans to attack Northern England as part of their assault on the UK.