From Her Eyes may be young in age, its members just slipping out of their teens, but there is a maturity to their sound which instantly impresses as it belies their youth and ensures the Welsh metalcore band is a thoroughly captivating proposition. The release of their debut EP Demons reinforces an already keen buzz for the band whilst taking their presence to a national level to, it is easy to expect, similarly eager but ultimately wider attention growing up around them.
Formed in 2012, the Bridgend consists of school friends Tom Owen (vocals), James Kearle (guitar), Jesse Simmonds (bass) and Gary Holley (drums). From Her Eyes since day one has been a rigorously active proposition, sharing stages with the likes of One Last Breath, Red Seas Fire, Continents, When We Were Wolves, Set to Break, and Reaper in Sicily amongst hordes of shows before settling down to create their first release. That saw the band linking up with Jonny Renshaw (Devil Sold His Soul) at Bandit Studios to record Demons with the resulting EP a compelling and gripping slice of voracious angst fuelled metal.
The EP opens up with brief instrumental Decay, a haunting piece with elegant guitar craft coaxing ears and imagination within a brooding air of portentous persuasion. More subtle than dramatic and beautifully crafted, the track is a magnet into the release and the following Comatose. From its first breath the vocal delivery and narrative of Owen is an impassioned presence which roars within an immediately enticing web of sonic and rhythmic enterprise. There is ruggedness to the beats of Holley and riffs of Kearle whilst Simmonds unveils a heavy throated lure from his bass which only adds to the weight and presence of the track. To that muscular intent though the acidic melodies and sonic weaving brings a vibrant colour and strained charm which exposes the strength and invention of the band in songwriting and sound impressively.
From that mighty proposition the releaser grows another level with Porcelain, its gentle initial coaxing where again melodies seduce and intrigue with their emotive hues, leading into a tempestuous storm of heavily descending rhythms and abrasing riffs. An additional squall of anger to that offered by Owen makes an imposing and pleasing pressure whilst the song almost flirts with the antagonism that rages with every beat and chord. As in its predecessor though, in the wall of confrontation there is elegant veining which is as dramatic in its evocative presence as the brawling endeavours surrounding its beauty. The track is outstanding, easily the best on the release and another potent reason why From Her Eyes is being touted as a big event waiting to happen.
The next up Disillusionist is a rawer abrasion than the previous tracks, though it too is equipped with intelligent and intricate sonic suasion. It does lack the spark of those earlier songs with its hostile breath overpowering the previously perfect blend of rage and elegance but it still makes for a stirring and riveting incitement to keep the release firmly entrenched in attention and appetite.
Elysium with its post hardcore resonance is a brief respite from the rage of the last song but it too is lacking something to make it spark in the passions. Despite that its masterful sculpting is a draw in its own right to ready ears and emotions for the final evocative tide of the title track. The last song’s first touch is a controlled but turbulent wash of heavy swiping rhythms and vivacious sonic enticing which swiftly enslaves the senses before its finds a sturdier antipathy. It is a powerful and robust finale infused with the richly appealing melodic lacing and sonic colouring which sets the band apart from the majority of the metalcore crowd, though still not quite enough for the band to find its own distinct corner. The song also features Lucas Woodland, the vocalist from Falling With Style. His presence and excellent clean tones highlights the only wish to be had with the EP, a bolder variety to the vocals. Owen is impressive but as with seemingly the majority of metalcore seeded bands there is an aversion to temper or fuse the raging single minded roars of passion with something openly different. If there is one band which could do it to striking success though, on the evidence of the last song, it is From Her Eyes.
The song is an excellent end to a similarly impressive release. Demons will push From Her Eyes into a richer attentive spotlight and the country will embrace their debut with relish, that is surely a given so now it is up to the band to take it to the next highly anticipated level.
The Demons EP is available now @ https://fromhereyes.bandcamp.com/
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