Servants‘ latest EP is a solid stack of modern hardcore punk tracks. If you enjoyed Close Your Eyes, Take It Back!, Come Back Kid, Means, or even more popular bands like A Day to Remember, there’s a good chance you’ll find something comfortably familiar here.
Overall, the four-track collection sticks well within genre boundaries. This works to create a sense of cohesion that avoids feeling stale. That’s not to say there’s a lack of variety – post-hardcore elements are particular present of Mountains, for instance, which instantly reminded me of A Hope for Home’s Redemption: A Grief Observed.
“Finding My Hope” is a high-energy EP that never loses steam; this is apart from the first few seconds of Freedom. There’s definitely a triumphant atmosphere, overlayed with lyrics that wrestle with, unsurprisingly, finding hope. Momentum shifts from melodic riffs to palm-muted pseudo-breakdowns that, though not atypical for the genre, provides plenty of variety for the listener.
Ultimately, “Finding My Hope” definitely feels like something you’d find on Dreambound’s playlist: its mix of melodic hardcore and post-hardcore, with the occasional metalcore moment sprinkled in, surely must make for emotive live shows considering how well it translates emotionally on the recording. Its brevity is certainly a setback but it’s definitely a strong EP that will definitely find an audience with longtime followers of Facedown Records.