CLOSE YOUR EYES
EMPTY HADS AND HEAVY HEARTS
Abilene, TX quartet Close Your Eyes present a punchy 12-track record chock full of memorable melodic hardcore with EMPTY HANDS AND HEAVY HEARTS. Featuring a nonstop onslaught of upbeat tempos, contagious near pop-punk vocal melodies, fast paced bass and drums, and rousing guitar-driven song structures summoning the positive energy doled out by Comeback Kid and Rise Against almost to a fault (“Paper Thin”), this Christian rock squad keeps the outlook optimistic while serving high octane punk-influenced anthems illuminating the way towards hope and away from the darker recesses of the human soul (“Wolves”, “Carry You”). Even though the stylistic derivativeness and religious overtones the band delivers may turn some away, Close Your Eyes overall exhibit a gritty catchiness that should appeal to all fans of hardcore and punk no matter what your personal views are.