Valleyheart
Everyone I've Ever Loved


5.0
classic

Review

by Josh USER (16 Reviews)
December 17th, 2018 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Jesus loves me, this I know."

The existence of God and the afterlife is not an unfamiliar subject to explore, especially among artists. You may be given some questions to ask yourself every so often, but it is not very often a band grabs you by your shoulders and shakes you violently, begging for answers to their questions, or perhaps to wake you up out of some daydream.

Valleyheart has done both of these things in their debut full length "Everyone I've Ever Loved", which features very smooth guitar playing, soft and haunting vocals, with drums beating along to match the atmospheric and dejected tone as this band throws everything they have right at you.

They certainly aren't afraid to shout every single doubt to the listener's ear. While it may start off relatively somber, they start to face the truth of their own reality with "Friends in The Foyer", talking of how God was only something to numb their pain, with soaring riffs before eventually fading into the static, as if they are just as defeated as the lead vocalist.

We often find the vocalist questioning his past life style and the new life he's constructed for himself among the dream-like noises emanating from the guitars, with the drums beating with noticeable restraint, but it serves the record even more-so, as it only proves that the other members feel defeated.

In "Drowned in Living Waters" is when it truly explodes into desperation, with the singer begging to be taken somewhere that feels like home, begging for a place in the universe before the instrumentation comes to a brief stop, allowing everything to be soaked in before taking off once more, while somewhat strained vocals yell over the cacophony of noise before it grinds to a halt.

We are brought to the album's closer, "Paradisum", which is a very chilling piano ballad; the vocals were even record outside, in the freezing cold. You can hear the vocalist struggling to breathe properly as he sings a song which I assume is inspired by a hymn, and begs for God to help him accept that he may be real, or if he can truly be saved and find rest somewhere.

Genuinely a gem of a record, even more impressive it holds one overall cohesive theme without growing boring, always keeping at a steady pace without throwing any ideas away. What you hear is what you get. It chilled me to my core.

Recommended tracks:
Heaven & Hell
Friends in The Foyer
Drowned in Living Waters
Communion
Paradisum



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JoshGray672
December 16th 2018


63 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Didn't want to wait to post this for too long. Criticism is appreciated.

Lucman
December 16th 2018


3067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to this now and the lyrics are definitely what make this record. Wonderful stuff.

Lucman
December 16th 2018


3067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh my that last song.... that hit me square in the heart, esp that last stanza.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2018


9849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not too bad of a review, I'm sold. Some feelsy emo bullshit can go a long way with me, bonus points if it makes me get existential.

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Phideaux
December 18th 2018


1662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. I'm really enjoying this.

Tranqyl
December 21st 2018


316 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid review, but the instrumentation and execution were a little more generic than I was hoping for.

Papa Universe
January 3rd 2019


22388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not my thing

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
January 3rd 2019


9849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Solid review, but the instrumentation and execution were a little more generic than I was hoping for."



Made all the more an issue when the songs begin to progress similarly and embody identical structuring

Minushuman24
August 7th 2019


2340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey this is pretty good so far

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