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Vocalist Jay Forrest performing live
Background information
Origin Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Genres Post-hardcore, melodic hardcore, alternative metal, space rock, post-grunge
Years active 1998 (1998)–2008 (2008), 2011, 2016–present
Labels DTS, Takehold, Trustkill, Graphic Nature, Equal Vision
Members Jay Forrest
Joshua Brigham
Dustin Nadler
Adam Morgan
Chad Waldrup
Past members Doug Venable
Ryan Parrish
Christopher Kincaid
Pat Aldrich
Mike Tyson
Adam Baker
Jason Trabue

Hopesfall is an American post-hardcore band from Charlotte, North Carolina formed in 1998. They are currently signed to Equal Vision Records.[1] The band dissolved in 2008 after all members, with the exception of singer Jay Forrest, left the band, following this the lineup of the bands first two albums got together temporarily and played reunion shows in 2011. The band finally reformed with the majority of their last album's members and original drummer Adam Morgan in 2016 with a new label Equal Vision Records and their new album Arbiter is set for release on July 13th, 2018.[1]


The Frailty of Words and No Wings to Speak Of (1998–2001)[edit]

Hopesfall began as a Christian hardcore band in 1998.[2] They recorded their first album, The Frailty of Words, that same year,[3] and it was released in November 1999 on Christian hardcore/punk label DTS Records. Following the release of The Frailty of Words, founding bassist Christopher Kincaid left the band, to be replaced by Pat Aldrich. In 2001, the band released the EP, No Wings to Speak Of .

The Satellite Years (2002–2004)[edit]

The period between the release of No Wings to Speak of and 2002's The Satellite Years saw the band signed to Trustkill Records[4] as well as the departure of founding vocalist Doug Venable, and bassist Pat Aldrich.[5] Jay Forrest replaced Venable, and would remain with the band until their breakup in 2008. Chad Waldrup replaced Aldrich as bassist, and later took on guitar duties after Ryan Parrish was asked to leave the band due to "personal differences" in the wake of the recording of The Satellite Years.[6] After Parrish and Venable left the band, the band lost their Christian message, as they were thought as the Christians in the band.[7]

Mike Tyson played bass for the band on the Satellite Years tour, later joining the band as a permanent member. Waldrup departed the band shortly after taking over guitar duties, and was replaced by Dustin Nadler, who remained with the band until their breakup. In addition to these lineup changes, the release of The Satellite Years saw Hopesfall de-emphasizing the religious influences on their music. The Satellite Years was recorded at Great Western Record Recorders studio by Matt Talbott from HUM. [8][9]

A Types (2004–2007)[edit]

The band followed The Satellite Years with 2004's A Types, which had a more alternative rock sound and was a drastic stylistic departure from The Satellite Years – notably, Forrest's vocals were almost exclusively clean singing. By the time of A Types' release, Joshua Brigham was the only remaining founding member of Hopesfall, and along with Jay Forrest, the only other remaining member from the lineup that appeared on The Satellite Years, with drummer Adam Morgan having departed weeks before recording. Morgan was replaced by Adam Baker, who departed the band during the A Types tour to be replaced by Morgan again. Morgan left the band for good prior to the recording of the band's next album, Magnetic North, and was replaced by Jason Trabue.

Magnetic North and breakup (2007–2008)[edit]

Magnetic North was released on May 15, 2007. The album saw the band strike a balance between the contrasting styles found on The Satellite Years and A Types. They toured little in support of Magnetic North, and in July of that year they announced further lineup changes,[10] with Joshua Brigham, Mike Tyson, Dustin Nadler, and Jason Trabue all leaving the band. Cory Seals, Robert DeLauro, Paul Cadena, and Joey Manzione filled the vacancies, and, along with Jay Forrest, continued the US leg of the Magnetic North tour.

In September 2007, the band announced plans to change their name, thus ending the Hopesfall era; however, these plans never came to fruition. In January 2009, rumors circulated of Forrest's intentions to record vocals for several unfinished Hopesfall songs,[11] though no further updates were reported. Following the Magnetic North tour, the replacement members left the band, and in January 2008, Hopesfall finally announced their breakup.[12]

One-time reunion (2011)[edit]

On August 5 and 6, 2011, the lineup from No Wings to Speak Of with the addition of Chad Waldrup reunited to play shows in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina.[13] They played songs from those releases as well as The Satellite Years.[14]

Second reunion and Arbiter (2016–present)[edit]

The band reunited in 2016 and signed to Equal Vision Records and are re-issuing their last 3 albums on vinyl.[1] The band is going to release a new album in 2018.[1] The lineup for this new album is as follows: vocalist Jay Forrest, guitarists Josh Brigham and Dustin Nadler bassist Chad Waldrup and drummer Adam Morgan.[15] Hopesfall released "H.A. Wallace Space Academy" on April 11, 2018, the band's first new song in 11 years.[16] On June 12th, 2018, the second single, "Tunguska", was released.[17] Arbiter, the band's fifth studio album, was released on July 13 through Equal Vision/Graphic Nature Records.[18][19] The album was recorded and produced by Mike Watts who also worked on "A Types" and "Magnetic North."[20]

Relationship with Trustkill[edit]

The band's relationship with Trustkill was always adversarial; the label altered the track listing for Magnetic North without the band's knowledge,[21] and in an interview in the wake of the band's breakup, former drummer Jason Trabue accused the label of providing the band with insufficient promotion and financial support throughout their tenure on Trustkill, as well as withholding royalties.[22] In response to the MySpace bulletin announcing the band's breakup and revealing their distaste for their former label, as well as the interview with Trabue, Trustkill founder Josh Grabelle denied the accusations and leveled his own unsubstantiated allegations of drug use by the band as a cause for the breakup.[23]


The band's influences are very diverse.[24] The band is influenced by emo bands such as Cursive, Karate, and The Appleseed Cast; alternative rock bands such as HUM and Jawbox; and hardcore punk bands such as Strongarm, Bloodshed, Shai Hulud, and Overcome.[24]

Band members[edit]

Members of Hopesfall
Instrument The Frailty of Words No Wings to Speak Of The Satellite Years A Types Magnetic North
Vocals Doug Venable Jay Forrest
Ryan Parrish
Christopher Kincaid
Guitar Joshua Brigham
Ryan Parrish Dustin Nadler
Chad Waldrup (tour) Cory Seals (tour)
Dustin Nadler (tour) Paul Cadena (tour)
Bass Christopher Kincaid Pat Aldrich Chad Waldrup Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson (tour) Robert DeLauro (tour)
Drums Adam Morgan Adam Baker Jason Trabue
Adam Morgan (tour) Joey Manzione (tour)


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat.
US Indie.
US Vinyl
The Frailty of Words
  • Released: November 29, 1999
  • Label: DTS
  • Formats: CD, LP
The Satellite Years
  • Released: October 15, 2002
  • Label: Trustkill
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
A Types
  • Released: November 2, 2004
  • Label: Trustkill
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
23 23
Magnetic North
  • Released: May 15, 2007
  • Label: Trustkill
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title EP details
No Wings to Speak Of
  • Released: August 8, 2001
  • Label: Takehold
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2002 "The Bending"
2004 "Icarus" Jason Dunn[28]
2005 "Breathe from Coma"
2018 "H.A. Wallace Space Academy" Steve Seid[29]


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  2. ^ Cory (June 8, 2007). "Hopesfall - Magnetic North". Lambgoat. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 
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  5. ^ Parrish, Ryan (January 14, 2002). ".hopesfall". Archived from the original on January 19, 2002. as some of you already know, our bassist pat aldrich left the band a few months ago. ... 
  6. ^ Brigham, Josh (May 23, 2002). ".hopesfall". Archived from the original on March 28, 2002. as many of you have heard by now, we have parted ways with our guitarist ryan parrish. ... 
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