Tragedy In Hope – Smile At Death
Not only have they produced a decent amount of output since they have come into existence, they have also put in an enormous amount of work for each and every release. With every one being very meticulously written and theorized and interconnected with the artwork, music and lyrics all interlacing with one another in a very precise and deliberate way. A way that makes it all that much more impactful and meaningful to the listener/experiencer, if they are actually willing to put in the time and effort on their end as well, this EP (as I am sure with most of their releases) works the best when experienced as a complete piece, as a whole. Skipping around or segmented listens do not play well to its strengths and can make the impact not as powerful or striking.
After all that, I bet you are wondering what this band, Tragedy In Hope, actually sounds like. I mean, that is why we are all here, right? Well, I would have to say, in my humble opinion, that this band sounds a little like later Emperor with some touches of Cradle Of Filth and King Diamond, along with his theatric stylings and sensibilities thrown in. Now, it is not like you can sit there and go, “that point is Emperor and this point Cradle Of Filth,” and so on. They/she, whoever it may be makes their art their own baby, their own thing, those reference points just put in, by me, for easier digestion for you on what they sound like.
In the end, symphonic black metal as a whole is usually not my bag, baby, but when it is rather well done, all around, much like most of the classics, I can really get down. And I do have to say that Tragedy In Hope’s EP “Smile At Death” is really, really well done, may not be near classic level but I would say it is not too far off. As stated earlier, when listened to as a whole, this EP is really good; alone, the tracks do not work as well, yet neither does it make them bad. Tragedy In Hope, whoever they are, are really good, as is “Smile At Death,” and should be heard/experienced to be believed.