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Close Your Eyes, We Will Overcome

Close Your Eyes
We Will Overcome

Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 11 tracks: 39 minutes, 52 seconds
Street Date: February 16, 2010

The sudden emergence of several Christian hard bands on Victory Records has been a pleasant surprise. After hearing metalcore newcomers Corpus Christi and hardcore act Before There Was Rosalyn, it's now time to welcome Close Your Eyes to the fold.

On their debut album, We Will Overcome, Close Your Eyes bring a solid hardcore punk sound with metalcore influences. For the most part, the vocals are clean, only occasionally descending into familiar metal growls. That being said, vocalist Shane Raymond has a fairly good voice, better than many in the hard punk genre. In addition to Raymond's singing and occasionally screams, there's a good bit of the required gang vocals. The musicianship is tight, with a good amount of crunchy guitars and nice breakdown moments. Considering most hard bands today are going for a full-on metalcore sound, Close Your Eyes has a fairly unique sound, capable of both hard moments and softer, more worshipful efforts. Listeners may be reminded of a softer, more punk-oriented Sleeping Giant.

Close Your Eyes is an interesting band that manages to keep things exciting on We Will Overcome. There's not a whole lot of variety on the album, and there's definite room for improvement. That said, Close Your Eyes have carved a nice niche for themselves in between punk and metalcore, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for them.

- Review date: 2/15/10, written by Timothy Estabrooks of

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JFH Staff's Second Opinion

Victory Records has been finding some great Christian musicians as of late. Next up to bat is Close Your Eyes with We Will Overcome. It's a great mix of songs for people who like Take It Back! and Rise Against. A great deal of punk with some heavier riffs and passionate screaming make up eleven strong tracks that are, thankfully, unashamed to proclaim the bandmembers' faith. "Arms Raised" says "I lift my hands to the sky for Your consuming fire so bright it burns, what's left is Yours," a clear message of where their loyalty lies of their desire to give all to Jesus. It's all wound up into an album with a great sound and energy that makes We Will Overcome one of my personal highlights of 2010 thus far. - 2/4/10, Scott Fryberger of


. Record Label: Victory Records
. Album length: 11 tracks: 39 minutes, 52 seconds
. Street Date: February 16, 2010
. Buy It:

  1. A Proclamation (3:54)
  2. Friends Are Friends Forever (3:14)
  3. xChet Steadmanx (3:21)
  4. Digging Graves (2:49)
  5. The Body (4:03)
  6. Song For The Broken (4:10)
  7. 17:20 (2:17)
  8. Wake Up! (3:28)
  9. Bitter Path (3:54)
  10. Something Needs To Change (4:39)
  11. Arms Raised (4:10)
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