Vinyl Colour: black Release: 2016 Label: REACT! Records
Originally formed in 2009, Praise (members of Mindset and Turnstile) set out from the beginning to showcase their less aggressive side, pulling deeply from the roots of mid-'80s DC, while still providing a contemporary spin. The band teamed with React! Records to release an EP and single (2010's "Growing. Changing. Healing." and 2011's "Two Songs"), followed by their fantastic debut LP, "Lights Went Out," in 2014, before slowing down to tackle personal struggles and explore other musical endeavors. Now, with a slightly modified line-up and renewed enthusiasm for their unique brand of melodic hardcore, Praise has created their most interesting release to date. Entitled "Leave It All Behind," this seven-song EP marks a decidedly more tuneful tendency and exhibits a strength of songwriting that only comes from playing together for all these years. Where their previous releases felt indicative of their origins, this EP undeniably feels like something fresh and exciting.