The 5-song EP is a blend of traditional and original Christmas favorites, plus an instrumental take on “Carol of the Bells,” which New Release Tuesday says is, “spectacular” from the band “known for their flawless blend of electronic synth elements and grinding alternative sounds.” Everfound takes on two classic carols, “Silent Night” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” with inventive remixes, including a final verse in Russian on the former, a nod to their heritage and global reach.
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Adrenaline Fueled Holiday Cheer| Posted October 20, 2014
Christmas has never been an ordinary celebration for the three piece band of (literal) brothers known as Everfound. Even before their debut album released early last summer, the holidays have always been a time for them to give back, not just to one another or their extended family but also to their fans. Throwing an annual Rock The Halls concert in their hometown of Denver, Colorado every December, the night is always a special time where those who have supported them can come out and enjoy a night of seasonal celebration together.
It was only natural that something so personal would spill over into an eventual project, and with this season's Resolution, Ruslan, Nikita and Yan take their passion for all things holiday and forge it into an innovative five song Christmas EP.
Known for their flawless blend of electronic synth elements and grinding alternative rock sounds, when the first track is an instrumental of "Carol Of The Bells," you can expect something spectacular. The selection definitely delivers. I'm admittedly a purist when it comes to this particular song, and I'll take an older, classic rendition over a modern version any day. However, they may have just changed my mind with this remake.
The title track "Resolution" falls more along the lines of a New Years anthem than a Christmas song, but in an unconventional way, it makes perfect sense. After all, this time of year is about celebrating new beginnings: "No matter what this year will bring me, I'm ready for a new beginning / Watch over me and keep me marching on."
"Silent Night" falls victim to wanting to be a little more ruckus than the title implies, but nevertheless it still remains a beautiful offering.
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is one of the more covered tracks in recent memory, but with their already whimsical and moody style set in place, it would seem almost shameful for them not to give the already darker song a try at their own hand. It doesn't disappoint, and a melodically bombastic chorus gives some of the ingrained dreariness a boost.
Rounding out this EP out is another original song, "I Want Christmas Back." Taking the holiday blues by the horns, this song is a plea for broken spirits to let go of the pain around them that would hold them back from celebrating the birth of Christ. You don't hear many songs like this, and frankly, it's an issue we all struggle with. With lyrics honest enough to cut deep but shining bright enough to give hope, this is the track you'll want to find yourself listening to: "I'm tired of the dark memories this season harbors, so lead me back to the light this season brings."
With Resolution, the brothers Odnoralov have crafted a delightfully merry ensemble. Each cover track pays homage to its classic source, but balances the perfect utilization of Everfound electronics to still make it sound unique. The two original tracks are also seamless additions. While this EP feels much too short in length, it never gets boring. For those looking for a little holiday harmony with an added shot of adrenaline, you may have just found your match.
Song to Download Now:
"I Want Christmas Back" (Get it on iTunes here.)