AS SUMMER DIES [EP]
Release: April 22, 2019
Hartsbane is the brainchild of Israeli singer and artist, Lev Kerzhner. Their debut effort, ‘“As Summer Dies’’ [EP] features songs written of the course of a decade and recorded live in front of an audience, in true DIY fashion. Hartsbane are promising us five brand new tracks that resonate with the likes of Iron Maiden and Dio, but with a modern take on the traditional heavy metal sound.
Whit a life drenched with strife, struggle, violence and redemption, Lev’s intentful lyrics explore themes of loss, substance abuse and coming of age in a way that is direct, elegant and deeply personal.
Believe it or not, but within the first minute of an album I can already judge for myself if I'm gonna like it or not. I am happy to inform you that Hartsbane made the cut.
As Summer Dies
Tomorrow's Rain (Acoustic)
Right from the beginning of ‘’Tame’’ the quality is amazing. And don’t forget to mention that from the first note to the back of the booklet, everything about this EP is super polished! I absolutely LOVE it when a new band or project have literally everything right from the beginning. I firmly believe that it gives them a big head start.
Back to the music, ‘’Tame’’ is a great opener for this epic EP. I can’t stop listening to it (it is on Spotify, hint hint). I really love the lyrics from this song, you can hear they come from the heart. I love the guitar solo’s and the chorus melody as well. ‘’Nobody Knows’’ makes me wonder if this EP is recorded live, because you can hear Avira, counting in the beginning, as well as an audience. If this EP in fact is a live recording, I can not give Hartsbane enough compliments. However that does sound a bit too good to be true. But for know we can pretend until it is proven… Again, the lyrics on ‘’Nobody Knows’’ hit very close to home. ‘’Substitute’’ is a bit on the softer side, although the guitar’s melody throughout the song is very catchy. BUT, now we have proof that it is indeed a live recording! Holy cr*p! This makes the EP ten times more awesome and impressive than it already was!
‘’As Summer Dies’’ is obviously the title track of the EP and is equally awesome as all previous tracks. However I think lyrically wise the song is a bit on the weaker side, but who cares? This EP is amazing! The last track is ‘’Tomorrow's Rain’’, which is an acoustic track, a ballad if you will. I like that the band chose to close on a softer note rather than go out with a bang. Sometimes it leaves an even bigger impression. It shows vulnerability. In this track, Lev gets the full spotlight and he knows how to make use of that. Even though I can not see the performance, I know it is as good as it sounds. His voice is extremely beautiful.
I am over the moon with this EP. Simple as that. I can barely believe that this is their first recording, that is how good it is. I want to emphasize that this is A LIVE RECORDING!!! AND IT IS PERFECT!!!
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Lev Kerzhner – Vocals
Amit Fortus – Guitars
Alon Shulman – Bass
Aviram Zeevy – Drums