Published May 04, 2016Although Praise hail from Baltimore, their latest EP, Leave It All Behind, paying even stronger homage to the seminal melodic hardcore acts that came from D.C.'s Revolution Summer in 1985. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Rites of Spring and Embrace, Praise have put together a set of songs that build and improve on their previous efforts.
2014's Lights Went Out incorporated melodic parts into a more traditional hardcore structure, but with their latest work, Praise have added more hooks and atypical progressions that make for a more diverse, complex listen. Between its more subdued verse lines, opener "Makes No Sense" explodes into richly textured chords in the chorus, maintaining the energy of their hardcore leanings but also expanding their sound as a whole.
"Walk To The Edge" is the only change in regards to pacing, where Praise adopt a brooding, measured tempo amidst twanging layers of guitars and Andy Norton's emotive shouts, which would have made for a powerful closer if not for their final tip of the hat to Ian MacKaye's body of work with a cover of Egg Hunt's "We All Fall Down." With Leave It All Behind, Praise have built on their already strong foundation and delivered something fresh and engaging. (React)