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Guilty Eyes, July 2012



Standing firmly entrenched in the local music scene in Southern Illinois, BEHOLDER realized that it was time to step out and share their passion and faith with those found within their community. Formed in late 2010, the band - Josh Lamczyk, Matthew Horst, Kevin Thompson, Quentin Heseman, and Christian Robinson - set out to write music that bleeds with emotion. They accomplished this goal with their July 2012 release of Guilty Eyes. With passionate and heartfelt lyrics melodies, the love for their scene, and the will to spread their music and beliefs BEHOLDER set their eyes on victory and were more than ready to have their message heard by new fans all over the country.

“Music sings to the soul. Everyone can relate. We set out to write hardcore music because it’s what we truly love. Our EP combines elements of music that we all enjoy and the words speak about topics often times that go ‘hush hush’. I hope that this EP brings forth real passion, a real spirit for hardcore music that’s hardly found in today’s music scene,” commented Josh Lamczyk.

One thing about BEHOLDER that resonates amongst their fans is not only their pure desire for music, but it’s a sense of love and desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The closing song on Guilty Eyes titled “A Still Small Voice” directly correlates the gospel and closes out the EP with something powerful and not soon to be forgotten; Josh went on to explain, “Music is not about ‘selling’ the gospel. It’s simply a tool to share something that all of us in this band firmly believe in and stand for. All these songs hold such personal meanings to us and ‘A Still Small Voice’ only sums up where I am at in my life.”

During August of 2011, BEHOLDER entered Glow In The Dark Studios in Atlanta, GA with producer/engineer Matt McClellan (To Speak of Wolves, The Overseer, The Chariot, Harp and Lyre) for a three week stint. Having to focus on recordings didn’t by any means slow BEHOLDER down as the band still continued to play locally and regionally in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, and Illinois. BEHOLDER was also featured on LiFest in Wisconsin, AgapeFest in Illinois, and Ichthus in Kentucky amongst other festivals.

2013 has just started for BEHOLDER yet things are already looking up with plans to tour during the summer and winter of 2013 while expanding their fan base. The band also plans to re-enter the studio sometime by the end of the year with McClellan to record a brand new single to showcase how the band has matured and developed its own sound since the debut. BEHOLDER is more aggressive and darker than before, but hasn’t lost its drive and passion embedded in all its songs.

For fans of: Oh Sleeper, Wolves At The Gate, To Speak Of Wolves.