The band states, «Just some guys getting together, having a good time, and making music. For fans of bands like Slipknot, Mudvayne, Periphery, Gojira, Deftones, Tesseract, Code Orange».
No Hope For The Lost is a project formed and led by musician and audio engineer Nathanael Bohnet. Ran out of Octave Studios in Medicine Hat, Alberta, No Hope For The Lost was formed as Deadlights originally in 2018. After releasing one EP and having Covid-19 cancel all plans for festival appearances and touring, Nathanael and bandmate/producer Re Mayer decided it was time to go back to the drawing board. Thus, No Hope for the Lost was born.
Combining influences of progressive metal, metal core, and various influences from science fiction to video games, No Hope for the Lost delivers a unique sound that is as heavy as it is accessible. Their new upcoming EP The Pilgrimage is centered around the classic video game Final Fantasy X, and they have re-released their old Deadlights material as a homage to their formative days, thus continuing the pattern of being influenced by various works of fiction.
Following the Covid related demise of their band Deadlights, Re Mayer (guitar/backing vocals/synth) and Nathanael Bohnet (bass/lead vocals) took the opportunity to reimagine their sound and image to create No Hope For The Lost. They created their forthcoming introductory EP entitled The Pilgrimage to give fans a taste of their entirely new sound, but left it just short enough to keep hype levels high.
Their first single Yu Yevon immediately explodes into a rhythmic groove driven by heavy guitars and bass. It is quickly followed by screamed vocals and synth-driven interludes. The chorus of the track is a key change towards an upbeat and soaring movement that descends back into the heavy rhythmic territory that glues the song together. The band explains the track in more detail:
«It is the combination of an old demo from a band both Re and Nate had their separate times in, with the new direction that they had both been imagining. It ended up becoming a heavy yet upbeat back and forth between pummeling rhythms and soaring choruses. A very verse/chorus/verse/bridge/chorus song at heart, Yu Yevon was designed to be the set opener/EP kickstarter that reintroduces us as No Hope For The Lost».
The EP as a whole is a structured listening experience that combines an atmosphere of melody and groove with a foundation of heavy rhythms and ferocious vocal patterns, all wrapped up in a Final Fantasy X theme that will surely please members of that fandom.
Groovy metal core blended with hints of prog awaits with The Pilgrimage, which is highly recommended for fans of Periphery, Meshuggah, and Deftones.
1. Braska (1:36)
2. Yu Yevon (4:26)
3. Yunalesca (1:30)
4. Jecht (4:55)
EP Length: 12:28