Open Your Eyes - Hometruths
Manchester based Hometruths see the release of their debut EP, Open Your Eyes a brilliant blend of metal and hardcore influences. You can tell how anticipated the band's debut release is with how much the band are blowing up these past few weeks! Politically charged, Open Your Eyes is Hometruths speaking out on key issues.
Cover art by Cambridge-based design company Make North
The EP opens up with atmospheric intro track "Embers" that slowly builds up towards "Feral". The track slowly builds up from background noise towards the vocals and drums building up, vocals kicking in with the line - “We live in a world, where no one can think, what to do, what to feel, understand the power of the people outweighs the people in power”. This foreshadows one key element that Hometruths use in their music, lyrical aggression, and we see their music echo this after a cry of “cause when we win, they lose, now is your time to choose!” and with that ‘Feral’ kicks in rather quickly from a solo guitar riff. And the track builds on top of the riff into an unrelenting torrent of aggression. "Feral" and "Embers" really sets the tone for the rest of the EP, brilliant rhythmic riffs, hard hitting drums at the centre of every track, and brilliant provocative, nihilistic and politically driven aggressive lyrics. "Feral" really gets the record going, fast paced and bouncy if this doesn’t get a crowd going wild at their shows, I have no idea what will.
Without coming up for air, "Divide" follows straight on from "Feral". The tempo is still there as is the aggression both musically, and especially in vocal form. Just as chaotic and choppy in the verses as "Feral", we see the bands aggression seep through every pore of the song, both at the a build up to each chorus, with the music cutting out before the first chorus. The chorus while still featuring driven guitars and heavy hitting drums sees the vocals follow a catchy hook I can’t get out of my head! Following the second chorus, last line - “You still follow blindly!” - reverberates into the band setting up the song to drop, turning heavy as fuck straight out of a chorus I just called catchy. One of the highlights of the EP for me, features I love are blended harmoniously together, the band build brilliantly towards a break down, and end the track on one of the heaviest parts of the record, with the call for the listener to ‘Open your eyes”.
Track four, "Vigilante" is a bit more reserved than the tracks it follows at first, until breaking into a chuggy riff accompanied by rolling double-bass drums. The band then break into what I’d say is a very While She Sleeps-esque track in vibe, yet still having a unique imprint on it, with "Open your eyes" being the call to arms before another break down. "Vigilante" in parts has a really sleazy metallic vibe to it that suits the band perfectly. The vocals incorporate a mix of both yells and deeper grows that compliment the tone of track, with both energetic riffs and heavier style parts as well.
"WMD" is definitely one of the more “metal” tracks with subtle electronic elements complementing the track. "WMD" gets me bouncing my head from start to finish, and while it’s not miles away musically from the previous tracks, it shows the talent the lads have in bringing together their various influences into a release as short as a six track debut EP. "Genocide" flows brilliantly on, showing the band don’t slip up once on Open Your Eyes - each track is a banger in its own right. Gang vocals through the verse should easily get shouted back to the band at shows after people get their hands on the record. Statements in the lyrics such as - “We’re coming for your heads” - and - “Time for genocide” - show the band haven’t calmed over the progression of the record, and the band closes out Open Your Eyes with the line “Start again”.
With their first release, Hometruths have shown they’re a force to be reckoned with this year, and I’m already itching to hear more from them. As they progress in size their sound can only get bigger and better, and while I can’t fault the quality of the record, with a bigger budget behind them in the future, on their own back they’ve already solidified a support slot on a UK tour, and a venture further north for a Tech Fest show in the summer, clear signs this band know exactly where they need to be headed.