Meaningless Expectations is a small, but a really passionate record by the French melodic hardcore band Wake The Dead from Marseilles.
It’s surely not a groundbreaker, but it’s still a 10” vinyl with six fast, emotional pieces inside. From a first listen Wake The Dead sound similar to a bunch of bands we all love and enjoy, but as soon as you dig deeper in the record this feeling fades and leaves you only with the music of the band itself. Hardcore punk has always been a free scene, and in this sense everyone is free to be influenced by who/whatever they want.
Even if Wake The Dead feel sometimes close to the likes of The Effort, Comeback Kid, maybe even More Than Life, Meaningless Expectations is a Wake The Dead record and it should be perceived only as such. The lyrics are really personal, sometimes a bit figurative, but in each song you can follow a true story behind. France has always had great emotional hardcore bands and Wake The Dead are not an exception, but another gem.