In Hearts Wake
Skydancer


3.0
good

Review

by Gameofmetal STAFF
May 5th, 2015 | 34 replies


Release Date: 05/01/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dances in the sky too much and could use a bit of grounding.

In Hearts Wake really seem to have a thing for nature. After all, the Australian metalcore outfit’s previous release, Earthwalker, was a loose concept record centered around the damage mankind was doing to the earth. Their follow-up, Skydancer, follows in a similar vein. In fact, it’s a bit too similar. Despite insinuating that the two records would be counterparts to each other in tone, there really isn’t that much difference between the two. Both records feature a generic metalcore songwriting formula, spiced with a knack for implementing ethereal melodies into the mix to freshen up the sound. One could put this to the fact that both albums were recorded around the same time period, with the second part only to be released more than a year later. Skydancer proves to be, more or less, a second version of the previous album with about the same level of quality.

Skydancer kicks off on a fairly strong note, after a vaguely useless intro, with the title track. It serves to highlight the band’s formula and does it adequately. Competent harsh vocals carry the riffier verses into the usual clean sung choruses. As was the case with Earthwalker, it’s the moments when the band goes for a more atmospheric approach, rather than the usually whiny clean singing, that makes the songs shine. The title track’s bridge serves to be more interesting than the actual chorus oddly enough. Lead off single “Breakaway” proves to be one of the weakest tracks, with uninteresting instrumentals and one of the more grating choruses. Some tracks, like “Badlands” and “Cottonmouth”, focus too much on the classic metalcore chug-a-lugs for their own good, but the melodic pieces like “Insomnia” keep things more interesting. The album maintains a fairly steady level of quality after a few weak early songs, but one of the more vexing pieces, “Erase”, appears in the back half to rock the boat. A perplexing appearance from the dual front men of rap/djent band Hactivist is odd enough, especially after the misplaced rap they lay down, but the influence carries over into the next song as well. While the former track sounds more like a Hactivist song that an In Hearts Wake one, the latter is picked up a bit with the band’s true colors shining and a pleasant appearance from Northlane vocalist Marcus Bridge.

In Hearts Wake lack something in innovation which will keep most from being truly surprised by Skydancer. The ethereal atmospherics they lay down are more or less a front to cover the genericism that too often lies beneath, but if it is a front, well it’s a pleasant one. In a similar way, the great songs on the album are too often masked by lesser ones that keep the whole from reaching greater heights. Yet as it stands, Skydancer is still a competent outing from a band with a good bit of veiled promise.



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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2015


10574 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Streaming on spotify. Pretty decent album, maybe a little better than the last one but more or less on the same page.

Intothepit
May 5th 2015


3437 Comments


Just listened to these guys to see what all the noise was about. This is terrible.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2015


10574 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I didn't really think it would be your thing. Hell it was almost a 2.5 for me and I usually like this sorta shit.

AndreBourbeau
May 5th 2015


67 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review. Another lackluster release from this band, which is a shame because Divination was enjoyable. pos'd.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2015


10574 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

jammed Divination a lil bit a few days ago and it's way more fun that either of the albums after honestly

r1xTer
May 5th 2015


62 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

agreed. divination is their strongest work. i honestly liked earthwalker but skydancer feels like a shallow ripoff of basically the same product.

sspedding
May 5th 2015


5242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is bang average

demigod!
May 5th 2015


49295 Comments


that cover art

yikes

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2015


10574 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

edit: troll gone

paradox1216
Emeritus
May 5th 2015


730 Comments


This band is the brunt of all my Australian friends' jokes. They're just too generic for me to enjoy, and the cleans really take away from even the atmosphere the band does manage to build up.

Anyway, decent review, you certainly described everything very well and in a readable way. plus I agree with most of the content haha

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2015


10574 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thx bruh

po0ty
May 5th 2015


583 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like these guys but there is no progression whatsoever from Earthwalker. The tones are exactly the same. Some of the rhythms even sound the same. Even added pointless filler songs like Earthwalker too. Would have liked to see them wait another year and write instead of another album so soon.

InFiction
May 6th 2015


3888 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really good review man. Very succinct. Pos'd.

Yeah, I don't mind this so much, but it's definitely the weaker half. Earthwalker is much stronger, if a little generic. Still has some good tracks though, Skydancer, Insomnia, Wildfire and Intrepid are pretty decent.

FearThyEvil
May 6th 2015


16800 Comments


Band has always been generically boring so if this is getting pretty bad reviews by fans I can only imagine how much I would dislike this.

TooManyFriends
May 6th 2015


3030 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

badlands and cottonmouth slay. everything else ranges from just ok to terrible. sigh

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2015


11688 Comments


Too bad people don't seem to be digging this, really enjoyed Divinations so I was looking forward to this

Digging: Lyapis Trubetskoy - Kapital

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2015


11688 Comments


Oh, and excellent review Game, great write-up

sspedding
May 6th 2015


5242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what is that guest vocal in Erase about? Comically terrible.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2015


10574 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thx guys



Yeah erase and breakaway are far and away the worst tracks here. Really the only ones I would actually throwaway besides the intro. There are some bad moments on other tracks but most are still decent.

TooManyFriends
May 6th 2015


3030 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

if every song had a rap verse like Erase this would be a hard 1



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