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These Hearts
Forever Ended Yesterday

 

 

By Todd Jolicouer

 

First thing I thought when this disc kicked off was, “Wow – this sounds a lot like Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.).” The press release even mentions similarities to Chiodos. What do D.R.U.G.S. and Chiodos have in common? The answer is vocalist Craig Owens. The link you ask?? Craig put his touches on this album as producer. Throw into the mix a Christian flare, and you have quite the mash-up of circumstances for a band in this genre. The latest rage in youth rock music (other than all the A.I. spin offs) seems to be metalcore. I have seen, heard, and met several bands in this genre, but few seem to have staying power required these days to outlive the ADHD of today’s young rock fans.

 

That being said, these guys have talent. Sure, the screaming of metalcore doesn’t sit well with a lot of people, but when lead vocalist Ryan Saunders lets loose with his voice, he can actually sing – and will get better with time and experience. The musicianship on this disc is also better than average. These young guys have the potential to ride this wave. The songs are good. The lead song, ‘Apology Rejected’ has the two ends of the spectrum with the sing-songy lyrics sang combined with a growl that is typical of metalcore. The song even has an acoustic breakdown in the middle of the song. The tempo change in ‘Quitting While You’re Behind’ is a welcome addition as well. The loan title reference to their Christian ties is the song “Romans 15” which is a strong song, that anchors their talent. In my opinion, the standout is the title track, ‘Forever Ended Yesterday.’ The music is great, vocals strong, and lyrics relevant. This is my favorite from the disc. The band continues down the path with tight numbers like “She’d Like To Wear The Pants, But She Can’t Fit Into Mine” and “Live To The Pouint Of Tears.” Disc closer “Dime A Dozen” leaves one with hope. Hope that the sophomore slump is mystical and won’t strike these guys. I think if this debut is any indicator, the next disc will be that much more polished and strong an effort!!