TROPHY EYES - 'Chemical Miracle' review
So these fellas from Australia play that big pop-punk crossed with new post-hardcore type thing, a bit like like BASEMENT and TURNOVER but a fair bit heavier (it might sound silly, but in places it even reminds me of SOILWORK's catchier stuff), and it's actually damn good; the contrast of styles is perfectly balanced, so we get some nice heavier tones and sections ('Rain on Me' is pretty blistering in places), but the anthemic choruses are also here in full force and had me from the first or second listen ('Nosebleed' and 'Breathe You In' especially), and the tracks 'Chemical' and 'Miracle' (see what they did there?) work as shorter, almost interlude type tracks, the latter of which is really touching. The last track is also an absolute beaut; I couldn't get the line 'I've got friends, but they don't love me like I love them' out of my head for a long time after hearing it. The lyrics to this album are quality throughout actually; really touching and quite harrowing in places. Favourite tracks for me are 'Home Is' and 'Suicide Pact' which are both incredible and probably a good representation of what you'll find on the rest of the album. Loved this far more than I thought I would, and can't help but highly recommend it.