In the ultra competitive and saturated world of hardcore music, it can be difficult to stand out amongst your peers. Baltimore based band, Praise, is back after a six year hiatus, with their new album, All In A Dream, — and is here to stay.
Forming in 2010, Praise is no rookie to this ever-changing scene. The five piece unit collectively com from various musical backgrounds, having been members of other punk and hardcore bands throughout their careers. This is nothing new to the Baltimore music scene, as most musicians play in multiple bands, which enables them to pursue multiple music endeavors, while creating a replenishing amount of music constantly.
The members of Praise have an impressive resume when it comes to bands they’ve had a hand in, such as Have Heart, Mindset and Turnstile. If you know anything about this scene, you know how impressive that last line was.
All In A Dream, is the band’s third album and front to back, it flows effortlessly. Captivating melodies, accompanied with passionate guitar riffs that capture the emotions behind the music all too well, invite listeners to experience the trials and tribulations Praise have been going through during their hiatus. The struggles we face ultimately change who we are and how we choose to react affects everything and everyone around us.
It’s refreshing to see Praise expand their music creatively and push the boundaries of traditional hardcore music. The chemistry they have is undeniable and this album sounds like a group of close friends jamming together for fun; it’s second nature for them to be on the same wavelength.
“Give me something I can feel,” belts out vocalist Andy Norton, on “Suddenly Human,” which immediately grabs your attention. The emotion is raw and unfiltered, and puts you in the headspace of the personal struggles Praise is bringing light to. Try not to sing the words by the end of this song — I dare you.
Watch the official music video for the eighth track on the album “Life Unknown” here:
All In A Dream is available on all streaming platforms now, with Revelation Records. Catch them opening on New Found Glory’s Sticks and Stones 20th anniversary this summer!