Within Sight – “From the Heart” - Video Review – December 6, 2017
By: Susan Dusse
When the request came to review Within Sight’s new video, I accidently watched the wrong video. So… let me just say, that “The Light Behind Your Lies,” ft. Nate and Thor of Fact and Fiction is a beautiful previously released song and video that you should watch AFTER you watch “From the Heart.”
OK, now to the task at hand.
Reviewing “From the Heart” didn’t feel like a task at all. It is a thoroughly enjoyable video and song. It’s a song that is pleasing to listen to from this Vancouver, Washington, melodic metal/rock/metalcore band. The video draws you into the story from its first moments, and you actually care about the characters. This is an excellent example of great vision and “concept to fruition,” by hotkarlproductions, who is undoubtedly now considered one of the, if not “the,” premier music video producers in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the classic tale of settling versus true love. It’s a feel-good story about love. It’s about the heart having what the heart desires. It’s about that true love that we all want.
The pretty Pacific Northwest scenery showcases our beautiful area nicely, and you realize that what we have in our own backyard is what others pay great money for. The coolest shot is at 3:38; I’ll let you see that for yourself. The videographer/editor’s great eye made something that could be mundane (a band playing live outside) very effervescent. The black rocks of the chosen location, juxtaposed with splashes of natural red tones from the band members’ hair, beards, cymbals, and leaves was beautifully done. While I’m sure it wasn’t accidental or organic, it feels as if it could have happened naturally. Knowing the work of hotkarlproductions, I’m sure it was very well thought out and planned in advance. I say bravo both musically and visually on this one!
From the start I wanted the lead lady to be with the love she longed for, and I wanted to know more about them. Why did they break up in the first place? And up until the final scene, I was still rooting for there to be NO twist in this story. This video kept my attention and I was fully invested.
The song itself, sans video, is a solid modern melodic ballad with an edge. I like this band. They’ve bridged the gap to where I think they will appeal to a wide audience. It’s commercial enough for those not into metalcore, yet still edgy enough to hold the attention of die hard/underground fans. Musically, it’s very well done. Vocally, I’d say the same. I realized while writing this, that I had no concept of time when I first heard the audio, and also when I first watched the video, and at just over five minutes, I would have expected the opposite. When a song stops time, to me that means the song is good, and time stopped for me. “From the Heart,” is pleasing, holds interest, and is very catchy. In much the same style as Amity Affliction, slower Buried in Verona, We Came as Romans, etc., this band has set itself up for success within the genre, with this song. “If you take my hand, I’ll take your breath away.”
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