Thursday, June 23, 2011

These Hearts: Forever Ended Yesterday Review

It’s impressive that after releasing their debut project Forever Ended Yesterday on Victory Records, new punk-rock group These Hearts already has 10,000 fans on their Facebook page! Their new album is a creative hardcore mix, that reminds the listener of Children 18:3, with a more metal touch to it. In fact, some songs leave you clueless as to where the next turn will come from!

“Apology Rejected” opens up Forever Ended Yesterday on a punk rock note, speaking of absolute regret and wishing to go back. This track also features a bit of screamo that metal fans will certainly enjoy. “Quitting While You’re Behind” leans more on the metal side of things, but the track features extremely high male vocals. The humorously titled “Denial Is Not Just a River” is another relationship song, asking why the call at 4 AM, and stating that you could know you were loved if you saw yourself through God’s eyes.

“Romans 15” opens with chanting lyrics that appeared throughout the entire track, mixed with the grunge guitar rock, while “Self-Respect” is a chaotic punk 27-second instrumental in between songs. But the title track follows afterward on the same notion, starting with a teacher speaking about self respect. Honestly, the title-track sounded a bit childish, and several times found itself missing the beat.

“Are You Mad?” actually had a great punk sound to it, but is only a less than two-minute filler with screamo lyrics mixed with high-pitched lyrics that were rather hard to hear. However, a vague piano background was a very interesting addition to this short track. The strangely titled “She’d Like to Wear Pants, but Mine Won’t Fit,” speaks of breaking relationships, as the opposite party wants control. “Live to the Point of Tears” follows on the same note, with vocals that were almost too high for a guy to be hitting, and were somewhat irritating. I couldn’t bring myself around to enjoy the lyrics either, all about breaking relationships.

“Thinking In Terms of Too” was probably my favorite on the album, but surprisingly, we have no screamo and no grunge guitars – just a nice acoustic guitar setting with harmonic vocals. Finally, “Dime a Dozen” closes Forever Ended Yesterday. One last time, These Hearts has the chance to give us grunge rock and screams that close the album on an upbeat note.

These Hearts certainly has a lot of potential, as their Victory Records debut Forever Ended Yesterday has shown, but this project wasn’t quite for me. With the exception of Children 18:3, I’m not a huge fan of chaotic punk such as this, though I would probably suggest this album to fans of them. Also containing border-line metal, you also might want to check out this project if you are a fan of screaming and grunge rock.

Rating: 3/5
Release date: June 21, 2011

Track listing:
1. Apology Rejected
2. Quitting While You’re Behind
3. Denial Is Not Just a River in Egypt
4. Romans 15
5. Self-Respect
6. Forever Ended Yesterday
7. Are You Mad?
8. She’d Like to Wear Pants, But Mine Won’t Fit
9. Live to the Point of Tears
10. Thinking In Terms of Two
11. Dime a Dozen

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1 comment:

  1. I just seen them at Big Ticket! they were handing out free EPs! LoL its funny that you posted about them! :D


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