Seattle based hardcore band To The Wind will release their new album, ‘Empty Eyes’, on May 7th via the Pure Noise record label. To The Wind were formed in 2008 in Seattle, Washington by Ryan and Tanner Murphey along with Cory Lamb, Matt Farage and Anthony Laur with the aim of making melodic hardcore. Following hardcore’s DIY tradition the band put out their first couple of releases themselves before being picked up by Pure Noise who subsequently re-released the EP No More Than This.
Musically To The Wind occupy a sort of middle ground between bands such as Most Precious Blood and A Life Once Lost but with a heavy dose of melody which evokes bands such as Shai Halud and Modern Life Is War. It’s certainly enough to keep things interesting. Empty Eyes was produced and engineered by Sam Pura (The Story So Far, The American Scene) at The Panda Studios in Fremont, CA. Pura, it has to be said, has done an excellent job of capturing the band’s relentless energy and fierce sound on record.
A highlight of the album in the emotional ‘Hollow’ which was written about an old friend of Tanner’s: “It’s basically about my old friend- one of my best friends, we grew up, just doing kid stuff and hooligan stuff, and basically it was all in good fun at the time and then it just turned real. I started going with the band- these guys all knew him too- so it’s just a song about how he just went his way with drugs and drugs just got a hold of him, and I saw him just recently and he just looked hollow, and that was really the idea of the record and the song- just the whole thing from beginning to finish.” Elsewhere standout tracks include the mosh pit friendly ‘New Note’, and ‘Truth & Consequence’ which switches between a Hatebreed-esque heavy riff attack and a soaring, melodic, twin guitar led chorus.
To The Wind may be relatively new on the scene but they’re already punching above their weight and a relentless touring schedule in support of the album is sure to pull in a legion of new fans. Empty Eyes is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of melodic hardcore or metal-core. 7.1/10.
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