In Hearts Wake
Ark


3.0
good

Review

by BandanaGeorge USER (13 Reviews)
May 26th, 2017 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In Hearts Wake's fourth full length record features highs and lows in equal measures. A streamlined effort, what this record lacks in imagination it makes up for in it's message.

In Hearts Wake are a 5 piece metalcore band who formed in 2006 in Byron Bay, Australia. The band's first full length 'Divination' released in 2011, and the band quickly began gaining traction. With 'Ark' being the band's fourth full length, they've gained a solid following in the last six years through relentless touring and consistent releases. I was a big fan of 'Divination' when it released, and enjoyed their second full length 'Earthwalker' considerably too. I began to lose touch with In Hearts Wake after that record, as I felt the band were failing to do anything refreshing or even match the quality of their first two records with their further efforts. With that being said, I was interested to see what they'd produced for 'Ark'.

The first half of this album is underwhelming. I felt like I'd heard most of the tracks before, with many of them feeling like B-sides to previous releases. The riffs were uninspired, there was the odd breakdown here and there that I would tap my foot to but for the most part the instrumentation was lackluster. A lot of the vocal phrasing is outright boring, and with the exception of 'Frequency' I found the majority of these songs skippable.
However, just as I was ready to give up on this record, track 7 begins, and I'm met with an atmosphere, clear emotion and beautiful ambiance. 'Arrow' marks the beginning of this album for me. This track features bassist and singer Kyle Erich only with lead vocalist Jake Taylor notable by his absence, and is easily the strongest song on the record. After this point, the record begins to pick up. The ferocity of the heavier tracks like 'Flow' and 'Overthrow' sounds genuine, with both tracks combining spacious verses with crushing riffs and hard choruses, 'Overthrow' in particular uses some interesting percussive sounds. It's the little additions in these tracks that makes them stand out from the first half of the record, and it feels like In Hearts Wake really gave themselves to these songs.

The heavily ambient closer 'Now' is an example of this band's potential to move forward. Although little happens for the first 2 minutes into the track, there's clear ability to write these more interesting, different tracks, and I think if IHW focus on this kind of material when writing for their next release we could see something rather special from them. You need only listen to the songs on 'Earthwalker' to see what this band are truly capable of. They have the ability to create atmosphere whilst being heavy, and I fear they've fallen into the trap of streamlining so many modern metalcore bands do, as opposed to continuing to experiment.

There's no denying that In Hearts Wake went into this record with the best of intentions. What they do have that many don't is a strong, clear and unique message. Prior to this record's release, the band organized a programme to clean up water ways and beaches in Australia, and called it the 'We Are Waterborne Initiative'. The band's pure and positive environmental message has been consistent throughout their discography, and that is commendable.

This album is very hit and miss. It's not a bad record at all, but with only one half of it really standing out to me, I'm not sure where to place this. There are some very enjoyable moments here, but I know the band is capable of more. This record just lacks that extra spark of imagination that their previous releases have had. Maybe get Nic Pettersen to track drums again" Regardless, In Hearts Wake are very good dudes. I've met them in person before and they're exceptionally honest and down to earth individuals, and for that I'll be supporting them any way. At the very least I would recommend checking out some of the conservation work these guys have been involved in if you're interested in environmental issues. Personal favourites on this for me are 'Arrow', 'Frequency' and 'Flow'. If you're interested in hearing their best work, I recommend their first two full lengths.



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RichEvans
May 26th 2017


26 Comments


Is this one of them "metalcore" bands?

BandanaGeorge
May 26th 2017


43 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it is

SteakByrnes
May 26th 2017


14924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review, but I like this album a lot more than you do haha, I think it's their best since Divination. Best songs are Passage, Nomad, and Overthrow

Digging: Imminence - Turn The Light On

NorwichScene
May 26th 2017


2860 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will listen soon

sempiturtle
May 26th 2017


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review. I liked the first half better than the second half tho. Nomad, Passage, Frequency are the top tracks for me.

artiswar
May 26th 2017


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is honestly better than Skydancer... Waterborne and Elemental are hnngh

BandanaGeorge
May 26th 2017


43 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for your insight, DirtyDickHumper

artiswar
May 26th 2017


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

go hump a dirty bag of dicks you dirty dick humper

Dedicated1
May 26th 2017


111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Frequency and Arrow are the standouts after a couple of listens. Proud of these boys for this record. Expected a rehash of their last two records and more nu-metal influence. Thankfully it's quite a diverse listen (for the genre). Hopefully The Amity Affliction take note of this album and realise they can still release albums with the same message and topics, but at least change up the delivery enough to make it feel fresh and different.

SteakByrnes
May 26th 2017


14924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Why on earth were you expecting nu-metal influence from these guys?

artiswar
May 26th 2017


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amity Affliction can't even hold a candle to these guys, their last album was a disaster

artiswar
May 26th 2017


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

maybe he still has Suicide Silence PTSD

SteakByrnes
May 26th 2017


14924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I think Chasing Ghosts can stand up to Divination, but Amity has gone downhill since then

BandanaGeorge
May 26th 2017


43 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Amity were honestly my favourite band for a really really long time, seen them hundreds of times live and own all their records but TCBHB was a total let down and i hope they go back to their roots instead of glitzing up like they did on that record.



Dedicated1
May 27th 2017


111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Divination was straight up metalcore, but by the time Earthwalker dropped, the fast, bouncy riffs had been replaced by a fair bit of slow paced chugging. Since I don't ever see these guys creating a Djent record, I was worried that their next album might go the way of other bands in the heavy scene recently and try to jump on that late 90's nostalgia. Was pleasantly suprised to hear the sound they went for.





artiswar
May 27th 2017


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this sounds nothing like Divination though, it's an amalgam of Earthwalker and Skydancer. the best parts of them too

dangerousdarrin
May 27th 2017


47 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First couple listens are a little underwhelming for me. I think they are going to transition into less screaming. One of the tracks is mostly clean vocals. What will the frontman do during that song live?

SteakByrnes
May 27th 2017


14924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

They've done songs with mostly singing on both Divination (Inertia) and Earthwalker (Wildflower) so it's nothing new there. And yea this sounds more like a revision of the Skydancer sound with mixes of the Equinox EP

artiswar
May 27th 2017


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is a grower. when the single Warcry came out I was really worried but its grown on me a lot. that track is a real ear-worm.

hallgath
May 30th 2017


58 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

frequency is tight as fuck. ozzie ozzie ozzie



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