CLOSE YOUR EYES have revealed the title and artwork for their new album, Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts, set for an Oct. 25th, 2011 release date and now available for pre-order.  The Texas-based melodic-hardcore band is back with a perfectly executed, inspiring follow-up to their successful 2010 album, We Will Overcome .

“I’m excited for people to hear this – we’re so stoked on the songs.  We spent a lot of time focusing on writing great songs without having to worry about practicing for shows.  With our music, we try to just keep moving forward,” states vocalist/guitarist Brett Callaway.

CLOSE YOUR EYES couples powerful melodies with inventive hardcore, carrying an impressive momentum throughout the effort in conjunction with spreading a positive message through their music.  The dynamic anthems on Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts are comprised of strong and honest vocals, ranging from vibrant hooks to pile-up worthy gang chants, monstrous guitar riffs, and powerhouse drums.

Pre-orders for Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts are now available and include the option of the CD or Limited Edition Colored Vinyl with a poster and sticker starting at $13.98.  Complete your customizable package by choosing from new shirts, backpacks, belts, bracelets, shorts and featuring a LIMITED EDITION New Era 9FIFTY CLOSE YOUR EYES snapback hat. Get it now at the Victory Records Webstore.

Check out what CLOSE YOUR EYES have been up to in the studio in their newest video update.

CLOSE YOUR EYES spent 2011 spreading their energizing live show across North America, most recently on the SCREAM THE PRAYER Tour.  In support of the new album, CLOSE YOUR EYES will headline the Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts tour in the U.S. with label mates COUNTERPARTS and support from THE COLOR MORALE, LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES, and AFFIANCE.   Check out the dates below.


Oct 14, 2011      Evansville, IN, US @ BONEY JUNES

Oct 15, 2011      Dayton, OH, US @ THE ATTIC

Oct 16, 2011      Pittsburgh, PA, US @ The Smiling Moose

Oct 18, 2011      Providence, NH, US @ The Ruins

Oct 19, 2011      Manchester, NH, US @ Rocko’s

Oct 20, 2011      Poughkeepsie, NY, US @ The Loft

Oct 21, 2011      Trenton, NJ, US @ The Backstage at Championships

Oct 24, 2011      Indianapolis, IN, US @ Emerson Theatre

Oct 25, 2011      Bloomington, IL, US @ The Castle

Oct 26, 2011      Tulsa, OK, US @ The Marquee

Oct 27, 2011      Lubbock, TX @ JAKE’S

Oct 28, 2011      Austin, TX, US @ Emo’s

For more information on CLOSE YOUR EYES:


My Epic performing their last final show before COVID-19

Between the White Noise

My Epic's last full-length album came out in 2013; despite a number of EPs along the way, the band's dedication to their craft, lyrical approach, and unyielding approach to let the music come naturally has made them critical darlings. Now, they're learning to interact and feed a rabid fanbase in between albums and in a new normal.


Full Feature
Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


Photo by Quinsey Sablan

Full Feature
Employed to Serve

Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.


Full Feature
HM covers from over the years

HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


Full Feature
All Features