This review has been a long time coming. We interviewed these guys a few months back, and I have been looking forward to reviewing their CD since. Watchers and Hunters hails from Hollister, CA, a nice stop on the way to Monterey from Sacramento, CA, the town from whichI hail. Along with friends ALL or NOTHING, Watchers and Huntersis making quite a mark in the California. Throughits involvement with movements like The Whosoevers Watchers and Huntersis getting a lot of well-deserved recognition.
The album starts with a song that doesn’t quite seem to fit until you understand the context of the album. Many of these tracks were heavily influenced by the Bible. The first track rightly titled “The Beginning is a musical rendition of the Creation story told through synth and digital beats. Once I understood this my enjoyment of the song shot way up imagining God doing what He does best: creating. The song ends with heavy dissonant notes that I in my overly analytical mind equate with the fall when God’s symphony was disjointed by our sin. But maybe that’s just me.
From this point on the CD is heavy and unrelenting. Reminiscent of early hardcore “Fallen But Not Forgotten” doesn’t have all the new school fluff I have become so bored with. It combines straightforward hardcore rhythms with synth scattered throughout. Watchers and Hunters is a spirit-filled hardcore band with a goal to bring people to Christ. Guitarist Alfredo Tovar said this in an interview “…God works through us so we can bring people closer to the Lord and for them to hear His word.” Their CD is an extension of this prayer. From “Exodus” to “These Final Days” you are hit with an onslaught of pain for a fallen world aggression standing against the enemy hope and faithfulness because of God’s provision and Christ and Praise to God for His saving grace and power. Hearing these timeless truths compiled in solid hardcore packaging has been a treat to say the least.
At times some of these tracks blend together; having similar tones and similar production style often makes it hard to differentiate between tracks. Each track onits own is a solid hardcore/metal track. Together they blend a bit too much. “The Beginning” and “These Final Days” are the two exceptions to that statement. Both of these have very unique sounds compared to the rest of the album and draw you in to an epic story of God’s creation and God’s provision in Christ. Watcher’s did well in choosing these songs to be the first and the last tracks.
Looking for good straightforward spirit-filled hardcore? Watchers and Hunters fits the bill. There is room for growth but for an unsigned hardcore band it is doing great and I look forward to future releases.