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Tear Out The Heart
by: Gabe Nye
Tear Out the Heart is a band that I’ve never been familiar with until this release. Their 2013 release, Violence, didn’t make as much noise in the scene as their record label, Victory Records, had hoped. Because of that, the push to make this album a success has been much stronger. I think that although this release will most certainly be bigger, the push that Victory is making to sell it is a going to fall short of their intended profit.
The album starts off with a spoken word. Having never heard the band before, I immediately expected hardcore punk to follow, as using spoken words has been trendy with those types of bands lately. However the following song instead boasts the bass-heavy sound of a post-hardcore/melodic metalcore hybrid, throwing me back to 2010. The vocals begin and at first I’m convinced that I’m listening to a more musically talented Asking Alexandria, with guttural lows and raspy fries. Then the music changes yet again.
The entire sound of this album is incredibly incoherent. It sounds like a melodic metalcore band that grew up listening to hardcore music. It’s not quite metalcore, but it’s not a delicious blend like the one that Beartooth created. Instead, it’s an eclectic mix of genres that vary from song to song, creating an album that sounds like indecision. It’s as though the band cannot figure out if they want the deep growls of metalcore or the piercing clean vocals of a post-hardcore band. Not to mention easycore gang vocals and vocal fries that aren’t too unlike Oliver Sykes’s.
This album really isn’t bad, and I’ll give it a solid 3 stars. There are some great sing-along parts and some heavy breakdowns that make you move. Some of the songs have a depth that is worth listening to, but I would advise caution before purchasing the entire album. It feels too incoherent and too diverse to be one work of art, but I will give the band credit where due. Worth a listen, but buyers beware.
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