Album Review :
Servants - Finding My Hope

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Label: Independent
Release Date: July 7, 2017

Tracklisting:

  1. Freedom
  2. Valleys
  3. Questions
  4. Mountains

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.

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chris
chris
September 24, 2017 6:17 pm

Servants is one of my favorite bands ever. Rad guys, rad music!

Kavin
Kavin
September 19, 2017 1:07 pm

Love this band! Glad to have some more songs to wear out.

Brandon J.
Admin
July 10, 2017 11:23 am

This is seriously solid melodic hardcore. Love it!

Stephen Young
Stephen Young
July 8, 2017 12:50 pm

I missed these guys play at audiofeed this year. I showed up late arghhh

Zack
Zack
July 9, 2017 9:54 pm
Reply to  Stephen Young

They were awesome!

Aaron friesen
Aaron friesen
July 8, 2017 12:03 pm

Cool to see a means reference!

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