Hawk Eyes – ‘Everything Is Fine’ [Review]
Opening with Tom Morello-esque volume swells and kicking into a raw and stately Karnivool-style groove, The Trap is one of my favourite scene-setters in some time. I knew Everything Is Fine would be sick, but I’m still surprised at how epic it is. Expectations: exceeded.
Progressively-oriented post-hardcore is the name of the game with Hawk Eyes – and it’s pulled off in a frenzy of ground-shaking, earth-shattering brutality. The Ambassador is a cage fight in musical form, sprinting at an invisible opponent like Queens of the Stone Age at their roughest and even taking in a batshit-crazy guitar solo, while Die Trying opens with more RATM-style guitar before diving into a Biffy Clyro-influenced onslaught, all ranting vocals and wall-of-granite guitars and a wicked Reuben-like bridge. From there, it just keeps getting better; there are nine more tracks to go, and they’re killer.
If you consider yourself a fan of the heaviest alt-rock / metal bands of the last couple of decades, you’re going to fucking love Everything Is Fine. If you’re in a relationship, be warned: this album drops five days before Valentine’s day, and there’s a good chance you’ll end up forgetting that second-most-important occasion. Still, if you do forget February 14th and your other half understands because you were listening to fucking Hawk Eyes, you should see if this band do weddings.
TMMP RATING: 98% (Seriously)
Everything Is Fine is available from iTunes here.
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