Heartist
Nothing You Didn't Deserve


4.0
excellent

Review

by merpmerp USER (8 Reviews)
November 26th, 2012 | 28 replies | 4,929 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heartist shows us that being generic isn't always a bad thing.

11 of 12 thought this review was well written

With generic being used to describe almost every new metalcore act these days, bands are trying their hardest to differentiate themselves from the crowd. Many of these attempts at breaking the generic ways of metalcore are hit and miss, and mainly end up making the bands that attempt them fall flat on their faces. Every once in a while though, a band comes along that doesn't necessarily break new ground, but concisely pull off what they're attempting. Enter Heartist, California's five-piece metalcore act. They happen to fall right into this category. While their style of metalcore isn't reinventing the wheel as we know it, they achieve what they're going for, and they do it well. Even if the band could be labeled as "generic", is it really a bad thing?

Heartist kicks off this EP with the track "Disconnected". Now let me start by saying, the formula has been used before. You'll notice it the second you hear the song. Heavy guitars, chugging, low growls. But when the vocalist hits that first high note, you realize that this isn't your run-of-the-mill metalcore song. Bryce Beckley truly has range. Phenomenal range, to be exact. While his vocals are on the high-pitched side, I would never describe him as being "whiny" or "annoying". While the lyrics aren't fantastic, they're never uncomfortable or cringe-worthy, and with his vocal performance being as incredible as it is, it's forgivable. His delivery is flawless, and he keeps it interesting by really taking advantage of his range. The choruses are infectious, especially in tracks like "Rhinestone" and "Disconnected". The screams on the other hand, are what add the generic aspect to this band. Luckily, the vocalist strays away from going with the same low guttural growls the whole time by throwing in some shouts and high-pitched yells throughout the songs. While the cleans clearly steal the show, the harsh vocals never ruin a song and actually add a nice touch to most of the tracks. Overall, the vocal performance is incredible and really makes this band stand out from their peers.

Chug, chug, chug. While I'm sure most of you think that's all this band have to offer, the guitarists actually show a lot of skill. When the guitars aren't chugging along (which actually happens a lot less often than you would think) they're playing technical and interesting riffs. Even when a breakdown is used, it's used tastefully. The breakdowns never drag down a song and are used very rarely. With the exception of most of the title track, the guitarists do their job nicely and simply have a solid performance. The bassist never steps out of his comfort zone, and just plays along with everyone else. You might occasionally hear a nice little line from him, but for the most part, he's inaudible. The drumming on this EP though, is nothing short of superb. When he's not tying a track together perfectly with his tight, solid playing, he's spicing up the track with interesting fills that really showcase his talent. Heartist is a solid band musically, and the musicianship on this EP really shows great potential.

"Nothing You Didn't Deserve" may be classified as generic by some. Like I said, it's not reinventing the wheel or anything, but for the most part it's a concise effort from a talented group. It's enjoyable and it's solid all around. And while it's not the most original, it's impressive nonetheless. Don't blow this EP off for the simple fact that it's been done before. Go into it with an open mind. It definitely should not be ignored.



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merpmerp
November 26th 2012



792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Only my second review. Go easy on me. Found these guys a couple weeks ago and have been digging them ever since.

Disconnected: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiSrtBM2EP0

The Answer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMXNrJ16PB0



sspedding
November 26th 2012



4751 Comments


i just dont think this works at all. Good review anyway.

Cygnatti
November 26th 2012



21349 Comments


gonna pos because that avatar is hilarious

Digging: The Avalanches - Since I Left You

NothingForSomething
November 26th 2012



186 Comments


just checked out one of their songs....this dude singing is either Spencer from Periphery or he just sounds exactly like him.

merpmerp
November 26th 2012



792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's exactly what i thought when i first heard him.

NothingForSomething
November 26th 2012



186 Comments


they need to lose the screamer then this band will be much more interesting and good

NothingForSomething
November 26th 2012



186 Comments


but it's still cool

merpmerp
November 26th 2012



792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the screamer is the clean singer too. lol.

sspedding
November 26th 2012



4751 Comments


doesnt really sound like Spencer Sotelo at all.

merpmerp
November 26th 2012



792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you don't think so? that's what got me into this band. i love Periphery and when i heard the singer on this band i instantly thought of Spencer.

Animus
November 26th 2012



70 Comments


Band is meh
Review is fantastic

merpmerp
November 26th 2012



792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^thank you very much sir.

NothingForSomething
November 26th 2012



186 Comments


his high notes totally do, the song i listened to was disconnected

Don't know about the rest of their stuff

Cygnatti
November 26th 2012



21349 Comments


"this dude singing is either Spencer from Periphery or he just sounds exactly like him."

eww

Animus
November 26th 2012



70 Comments


Yeah, any periphery parallels will turn people off instantly.

JackSparrow
November 26th 2012



1686 Comments


I've never understood this argument. Yes, generic and not reinventing the wheel are bad things, there's nothing to separate yourself from the horde of bands following the same trend. So I don't understand the 4 rating.

I listened to Disconnected, quite liked a lot of the things they have going on. Particularly the interlude that kicks in around 2:30 and the last chorus/outro. They could do without the screamer and the breakdowns, weakest parts in my opinion.

merpmerp
November 26th 2012



792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed. screams aren't great. cleans make up for it in my opinion though.

NothingForSomething
November 26th 2012



186 Comments


Where Did I Go Wrong is a jam

merpmerp
December 6th 2012



792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah, just as I thought. I knew you would like this Snide.

merpmerp
December 7th 2012



792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

O really? Didn't think many people knew about them.



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