- Kingdom of Hope
- The Psalmist
- Hall of Mirrors
Whatever your previous impression was of Red Cord Records band From The Eyes of Servants you should disregard them and check out their latest self-titled EP. The six-track EP is twenty minutes worth of passionate melodic hardcore, in the vein of Close Your Eyes and Take It Back. The straight-forward faith-based lyrics are simple yet inspiring and the energy throughout the EP is undeniable.
In an age of auto-tune and rolling double-bass it is almost refreshing to hear a band just lay it out there. Lead singer Patrick Scholz’s vocals are unique sounding, which at first takes a little to get used to, they sound like a mix of Close Your Eyes and Means / Continuance. But after listening through the EP you can’t deny the genuine strain in the vocals, as opposed to those fake growls in metalcore. Plowing through songs like “The Psalmist” (featured in IVM’s Punk Never Dies comp.) and “Kingdom of Hope” you can really feel the emotion poured out as they sing “I sing for joy, because you protect me. And You love me. You will never leave me.” I found myself singing the choruses to the songs long after I stopped listening.
There is definitely a hardcore punk vide to the songs, more punk drumming than metal, gang vocals, breakdowns, and best-of-all – vocals that are yelled, but still clear enough to hear the entire message. The recording was obviously done on a budget which might explain some of the vocals being off-key but it does not take away from the whole package, in-fact, the choruses are what help From The Eyes Of Servants stand out from the crowd. Just give the EP two minutes and you’ll be yelling along to “Extication” “I’ve been searching for MY WHOLE LIFE…”
OVERALL: This is a great release for Red Cord Records, From the Eyes of Servants are bringing an authentic sound to the melodic hardcore scene, attempting to fill the gap left by bands like Take It Back / Call to Preserve / Continuance. Give this God-glorifying EP a spin and I am sure you’ll be pumping your fist along with these motivating anthems.
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