Heart in Hand
Almost There


4.0
excellent

Review

by NorwichScene USER (9 Reviews)
February 11th, 2013 | 55 replies


Release Date: 02/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'Almost There' makes Heart in Hand one of the most melodic hardcore bands in the UK at the moment

Heart In Hand are a hardcore band from the UK. 'Almost There' is produced by Pedro Texeira (Bury Tomorrow) and is the follow up to 2010 release 'Only Memories'.

Heart In Hand have written some great lyrics here and sing them with so much emotion and passion throughout the 45 minutes. If the vocals of lead singer Charlie Holmes wasn't enough, they have also enlisted the help of some guest vocalists. Mikey Chapman and Sam Douglas from one of my favourite bands at the moment 'Mallory Knox' bring catchy cleans to the party, while Dani Winter Bates of Bury Tomorrow brings harsh screamed vocals.

“Proposal” has a smooth guitar intro that leads into the title track “Almost There”. This song starts out with the usual punk double time speed and then some decent yelled vocals of Charlie. The songs gradually breaksdown and slows things down to almost Angels and Airwaves nicely timed space dynamics. “Home/sick” is next and its straight in your face with catchy guitar work and Holmes’ lyrics screamed with anguish and pain. “Vows” goes back to the space theme with some nice calmed symphony strings giving the listener a chance to absorb the album.

“Sleeping Alone” is a fast paced aggressive song with some great breakdowns. The band take the song right to the end before giving the listener the chance to truly rock out. If you love the intensity of bands such as Bring me the Horizon, you will love this song. “Cuts and Bruises” is an experimental song using off tempo guitar tones and some fine time signatures while also incorporating the musical interlude sounds experienced between tracks.

“Maybe” is my favourite song. Its a metal song that goes hard straight from the off before we hear the quality singing of Mickey and Sam from Mallory Knox just after the minute mark giving the chorus an almost new Funeral For a Friend like tone.

“Old Tattoos” starts off slow with some forlorn guitar tones then the song comes alive with Holmes furious vocals over the intense music. “Life Goes On” continues the hardcore theme although this time the lyrics invite the listener to sing along. This song has the best breakdwown on the whole album at around the 2 and a half minute mark. A live favourite for sure.

“Broken Lights” is a decent progressive metal song that evolves into a hardcore song once the drums kick in. “Our Atlantic” sounds like a mix of Pantera and Deftones. Quite a mix on this song with the band switching between a ballad and hardcore with distorted screaming, but it works well.

“Direction” shows that Heart in Hand are a clever band. This song is relentless, the music is punishing rock with some great riffs and a perfect ending. “Latter” is a intensified musical epilogue making the listener appreciate what they have heard over the last 45 minutes. The mellow interludes throughout the album make it stand out from similar bands.

'Almost There' is a emotive album with some great breakdowns, catchy lyrics, guitar shredding heavy riffs and amazing drumming making Heart in Hand one of the most melodic hardcore bands in the UK at the moment.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


Dammit, beat me to it, it was my next to review

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


Its not bad flutter, between a 3 and 3.5

NorwichScene
February 11th 2013


1522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry I beat you to it IpodMastery. Still do a review, bound to be better than mine


NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


Na its alright dude, i have heaps of albums to write about. Maybe some other time. Ill provide some feedback for you in the morning.

intotheshit
February 11th 2013


3639 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lol these guys went from having potential to laughable.

KSK1
February 11th 2013


4094 Comments


I liked one of the songs they released but there's no way this will be as good as Only Memories was.

Evreaia
February 11th 2013


4060 Comments


Gotta hear this, debut was fabulous!

New songs I heard live weren't good though, hope full album changes my thoughts.

OverSlyZed
February 11th 2013


130 Comments


Melodic hardcore without melody.

botb
February 11th 2013


9776 Comments


melodic hardcore without hardcore

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


Generally track-by-track reviews are frowned apon by Sputnik, (the reason for this I'm honestly not sure) regardless there are some things you can fix up:

45


It's honestly not that hard to type forty-five

Heart In Hand are a hardcore band from the UK. 'Almost There' is produced by Pedro Texeira (Bury Tomorrow) and is the follow up to 2010 release 'Only Memories'.


This could be incorporated into the next paragraph.

I'm not going too go into the resat as it is a tbt.

NorwichScene
February 11th 2013


1522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers, my reviews always suck and tbh I can't be bothered to change it

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


There's a proof reading section in the forums, so that's not really an excuse.



http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=577035

NorwichScene
February 11th 2013


1522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hereby retire from reviewing at the fine age of 30.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7127 Comments


Can't say i didnt try

Evreaia
February 12th 2013


4060 Comments


that proof reading thread sucks, still haven't got a response to my first review

which was posted more as a year ago there.

Evreaia
February 12th 2013


4060 Comments


most likely

Ponton
Emeritus
February 12th 2013


5819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

1st album was 'lite, will i be amazed?

Digging: Gates - Bloom and Breathe

Evreaia
February 12th 2013


4060 Comments


this is more hardcore orientated than the first, but generally the same quality

broken lights fucking rocks though, song is massive

bornasnake
February 12th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First record was great, but this is even better in my opinion. The songs aren't samey, they change it up and keep it interesting.

pepster50
February 14th 2013


335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

heard a song and it sounded good.. im gunna have to check this out !



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