So I was contacted not too long ago and told about this band, “These Hearts.” They’re signed up with Victory Records, and their debut album, – which was produced by Craig Owens of Chiodos – Forever Ended Yesterday was released last month on June 21st. They are a post-hardcore rock band from Fargo North Dakota. Well let’s get started now.
The album starts opens up on a pretty poppy-sounding note. Well, that’s what you think anyways. Then at five seconds in there’s what you were expecting. Apology Rejected is a good opener for the album, it sets the central theme of the album fairly well. Surprisingly, my favorite part of the song was the bridge of the song, an acoustic verse. I think that Ryan did a great job on this, and it’d be nice to see what else he could do in this style. As a a side-project perhaps?
Quitting While You’re Behind is the second track on the album, I think this is one of my personal favorites. Very nice job on this track, especially on the guitars, and the lyrics. Up next is Denial is NOT Just A River In Egypt. The guys impress us again with nice vocals and guitar work. I especially like the lyrics for this song, here’s a quick snippet of them for you guys:
My weakness is, without a doubt, the reason I can’t live without you
If you saw like my God, you’d know that you are loved
Romans 15 is the next song, and it gets it’s inspiration from, you guessed it, the Book of Romans, verse 15. “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak.” The song shows this, in the lyrics that Ryan sings “You’re drinking so much you’re falling face down on the floor / And I know that when you call I’ll break your fall.” The quick instrumental track, Self-Respect, is a segue between songs. It would have been nice to see a song based off of it, it’s pretty neat little riff.
Although I did laugh when Ryan sang “It’s all she’s ever wanted / So get back in the kitchen,” the title track Forever Ended Yesterday is a good song with a meaning which has a good message. This is probably one of the best tracks on the disc. Next up we have Are You Mad. To be honest, I think that this track would have been much better had it been done in an acoustic style like the bridge in Apology Rejected. In my opinion, the lyrics would have fit that style better. It is still a good track however.
She’d Like To Wear The Pants, But She Can’t Fit Into Mine follows up, and the guys did a great job again on this. The way that Ryan carries out the chorus vocals is great. The acoustic bridge impressed me again on this track, and I really do think that the guys should come out with more acoustic stuff in the future. The guitar solo at the end of the track was well put together and I enjoyed it as well. Very nice work on this song.
Live To The Point Of Tears is up next, and is a great song. Vocal-wise, the song reminded me a bit of Funeral For A Friend’s song, Roses For The Dead. Next up we have the acoustic track Thinking In Terms Of Two. I really enjoyed this,and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these guys really should look into an acoustic side-project. Not only will it widen the fanbase, but it will also allow for the band to play around in different styles and continue to improve. It is definitely one of the best songs of the album. And lastly, we have Dime A Dozen which puts a close to the album and does a good job of it.
Overall, I think this was a decent debut from These Hearts, I’d give it two and a half stars out of five. If you’re a fan of bands like The Almost, Funeral For A Friend, The Devil Wears Prada, and similar bands I think that you’ll like these guys. A decent album overall. In the future, I’m hoping to see a more refined sound, that’s probably the only problem I had with the album, in a number of spots things ran together too much to understand the lyrics. So basically just making sure there isn’t too much going on at once. They need some work, but I think they have a chance. Second, I really, really think they should give an acoustic (or perhaps even just a less hardcore style of rock) sideproject a shot – give Ryan’s vocals a chance to really shine.
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