I have never been a fan of Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga, so it would not come as a surprise to you all that one of my favourite music genres is metal-core. I’ve always loved heavy guitar riffs and solid drums. But enough about me, let me introduce you to a band close to my heart, whose debut album ‘Courage’ came out on the 3rd of January this year and in my humble opinion, is the best thing to start 2013 with!
Eyes of Munity are a Metal-core band from Surrey, UK. Formed in 2010, the band started performing and attracting audience while all of the members, now attending college or university, were still in high school.
What’s unique about the boys is that they are more than members of a band, they are friends. And each one of them brings his own vision into the band, which is what gives them very distinctive and original sound, in comparison to other metal-core bands.
Having shared a stage with Texas in July, the boys list them as their greatest influence, along with For Today and August Burns Red.
I had the pleasure to watch the boys perform live on their tour in Bulgaria at the end of the summer of 2011 and frankly, that was one of the best gigs I’ve been to.
After recording their debut EP ‘Anchor the fall’ in October 2010, and a year later their second EP ‘From Oceans to Mountains’, the boys started working on their first length album in the beginning of 2012. After a year of hard work, ‘Courage’ was released in midnight, 3rd of January. It includes 17 tracks, among which are my personal favourites ‘Broken’ and ‘Imperfections’.
Eyes of Munity’s music have a sense of purpose and unique character. ‘Courage’ reminds me somehow of ‘One Reality’ (Texas in July) and ‘Leveller’ (August Burns Red), but is, at the same time, ground-breaking. It only takes a minute of this album to leave the listener wide eyed and completely enchanted. If you fancy sick guitar riffs, double bass drumming and screamed vocals, then you are prompt to fall in love with Eyes of Munity’s music!
I had the pleasure to talk to Austin Chapman-Dainty, the band’s guitarist and the man behind the recording and producing of the album.
So, Austin, why did you guys chose the name ‘Courage’?
– Because of a couple of reasons. The first reason was because of the huge task that lain ahead of us when we began the album. We had to write hours worth of music from scratch, while keeping each track unique as well as recording and producing the entire album ourselves, every single aspect of the album came from us with no outside help. Another reason we named it ‘Courage’ was purely the time we spent on the album. Over a year, around 400 days, through every season just writing, arranging, recording, changing parts, adding parts, re-recording parts day and night.
Did you have disagreements during the selection of the songs for the album?
– We didn’t have any disagreements with the song section for the album purely because every member of the band had the opportunity to write parts of songs they wanted to hear. That’s why each track has a different element or a different style because we were all writing stuff that we individually wanted to hear.
What is next?
– We are planning a new music video right now and we hope to continue growing our fan base, to gain more and more exposure and to play many shows with many great bands! We would all love to come to Glasgow to play a show, maybe on a future tour!
Get ‘Courage’ from iTunes, like Eyes of Munity’s page on Facebook or follow them on twitter. Hurry up, because I have a feeling that soon these guys will be everywhere!
You can download the album for free here: http://www.mediafire.com/?97zrs9n9cy7x8il
M. Stefanova, 2013