DOWNLOAD: The Hope Conspiracy, "Suicide Design" (mp3)
HopeCon fizzled out in 2004, but frontman Kevin Baker has never been far from the Deathwish offices in Salem: he got a job managing the silk-screen shop next door. Now he's re-convened the band to bring Hope to the Hope-less, nabbing members in between their tours with Bleeding Through, None More Black, and Suicide File. For their comeback record Death Knows Your Name, they put old pal Kurt Ballou behind the boards (read our friend Julia's interview with Kurt right here; stay tuned for big Converge news soon). A heavy-in-both-senses concept album, Death Knows Your Name is follows Doomriders into the biker-metal/hardcore deep and takes its cues from a literary classic (Orwell's Animal Farm), which could make it this year's answer to Mastodon's Moby Dick-quoting Leviathan.
For more, visit the Deathwish page or make nice at HopeCon's myspace page.