Hailing from Bridgend, Wales, up and coming metalcore band From Her Eyes are set to release their debut EP, Demons, on Monday 25th August. Although the band are all just out of their late teenage years, they have been consistently on the road since forming in 2012 and this is evident in the incredibly mature sound that the four old school mates have created.
The EP opens with ‘Decay’, an instrument, which is calming and hypnotic with its guitar led atmospheric style before the completely contrasting entrance of track number two. ‘Comatose’ is a punch in the face in comparison to the first track with aggressive instrumentation all round and a catchy tapped lead guitar riff in the opening bars. Tom Owen’s vocals are well defined, aggressive, and flawlessly performed as if he has been doing this for many years.
Third track, ‘Porcelain’, opens with a similar atmospheric style to ‘Decay’ until the brutal guitar sounds and defiant rhythmic patterns take place that almost give a ‘groove’ like feel; a subtle but cleverly worked influence into the song. The breakdown during the middle section of the song are vicious and executed perfectly and the band manage to work the atmospheric style at the opening back into the track to provide a dynamic variation. The atmospheric additions and lead guitar of James Kearle, however, although extremely impressive, mean that a few tracks on the EP fall dangerously close to sounding particularly similar to each other.
For example, following track ‘Dissillusionist’, starts with a hammer on/pull off lead guitar riff that on initial hearing, proves to be difficult to distinguish from similar styled lead parts in ‘Porcelain’ and ‘Comatose’. However, the track does go on to succeed in showing off the bands musicality, in particular with their heavy and concise guitar riffs, which rather than melted our faces but instead blew them straight off.
‘Elysium’ is a short, interlude-like atmospheric track that shows off the maturity of the band, even at such a young age with vocals being added to experiment with some musical arrangement ideas. Final track, and title track, ‘Demons’ is the stand out track of the EP. The track, which features Lucas Woodland, possesses all elements that listeners of metalcore want in a band. Heavy, cleverly worked guitar work that are superbly supported by skilled drumming and concise bass and rhythm section, and a variation riffing styles. The song also includes melodic vocals which is uplifting and helps portray the true power of emotion behind the song.
Demons, overall, is a strong display of what From Her Eyes are capable of and their potential for the future. Although at times, the tracks do come close to sounding similar to each other, they are still strong tracks. The title track ‘Demons’, is breathtaking and really is in a whole league of its own in comparison to the other tracks; even though most bands would be proud to call those songs their own. Maybe as a whole the interlude styled tracks are not entirely necessary, particularly after hearing the same elements within the other tracks but the EP is an exciting introduction for From Her Eyes, who are definitely going to be a band to watch out for.