There’s a certain type of satisfaction you get as a fan when you see a band you’ve been following closely for years from their inception to the maturity and growth shown with each new album. Case in point: Before Their Eyes. Despite having a revolving door of guitarists since they first came onto the scene in 2006, they still capture the same impact with each of their albums, with each one becoming progressively better and more polished than the last.
Every song this band makes has that potential to become a sleeper hit, and on their new album Redemption, the opener “Lies” is one of those. It’s got a bass-heavy aggressive chorus with background growls that leads into Nicholas Moore’s inviting vocal chords that really grab your attention. Then when he starts singing during the chorus, you realize how gifted a singer he truly is. The breakdowns are kept as a short transition between the sections within the song (with the exception of the short breakdown at the very end), but you will hear more breakdowns later in the album.
If any song sounds like a continuation of another, “Find” is like that in reference to “Lies.” It’s by far the catchiest song on the album, if not the catchiest ever written by this band. The guitar work really makes this song a standout hit on the album, along with “Find what you gotta find / Just give it a try” in the chorus line. The fluidity of the song is something that can’t quite be put in words, so it’s very highly recommended that you listen to it.
The title track “Redemption” is the perfect example of post-hardcore and what it’s all about. Starting off with a chunky little breakdown with slightly hoarse vocals, it quickly switches to a more upbeat tune with the awesome singing vocals and a more metalcore-inclined chorus. This more closely resembles the work they did on the self-titled album back in 2007. There’s also a quirky little electronic breakdown thrown in at the 2:10 mark that throws the listener for a spin.
It’s really cool to see that they brought in former lead guitarist and screamer/singer Landon Tewers in for a track called “Revival,” where the title of the song is fitting for the circumstance. If you didn’t know, Tewers is the frontman for The Plot In You and is also working on a solo project. It’s also one of the most aggressive songs on the record, with some hard-hitting post-hardcore breakdowns (which is really a basic hardcore breakdown sans the downtuned strings), Tewers’ in-your-face vocal style that sets him apart from other vocalists, and the standout drum work. The drums are more spastic in nature as Jarrett Hottman doesn’t follow along with just being in the background like on most of the other songs.
Having made what is easily the best album of their career, Before Their Eyes needs to be given more attention. There is nothing cliché about these guys, as they helped pave the very road post-hardcore was founded on.