In Hearts Wake
Ark Prevails


2.0
poor

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (217 Reviews)
February 13th, 2018 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Completely unnecessary, not altogether unwelcome.

Despite a steady growth from this Australian metalcore band they’ve always had a tendency to repeat themselves, sticking to the formulaic structuring’s of a tried and tired genre-style. Due to no fault of their own; In Hearts Wake have been crippled by what modern metalcore can’t create for a new band: a new sound.

Ark Prevails is a continuation of sorts from their full-length released last year, but this little EP wasn’t exactly a full-serviced release showcasing a sample of what the band can do outside of a formal release setting instead fans had to decode a sneaky cipher found on the case of Ark. That coded message simply read “2 Feb 2018” and gave no other indication of what In Hearts Wake may have in mind for that particular date.

Featuring re-recorded tracks from the full-length including a rather tasteful rendition of “Arrow” featuring a dual vocal effort from Jake Taylor and Dream State’s CJ Gilpin. This four track EP (including a small outro) manages to add little to the collective breadth of In Hearts Wake’s music. The “reimagined” versions of “Frequency” and “Waterborne” while largely acoustic in nature don’t build on the dynamics of these already released tracks. For listeners, there’s little added here that they don’t already know about. At least at the EP’s very core it’s clear that it was released for the fans, rather than to grow a fan base. At the very least it gains some recognition for CJ Gilpin’s project, Dream State.

Overall, it’s no wonder that Ark Prevails hasn’t had too much traction from the release date. Largely a hidden message on the original release this little EP bears no commanding presence on anyone but die-hard In Hearts Wake fans. Admittedly, the EP’s opening track, “Arrow” showcases a beautiful play on contrasting vocal melodies but unfortunately the need to listen onwards becomes less apparent as each stagnant note floats through the speaker. Take what you will from this release, chances are it’s not going to be for you.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2018


7758 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Morning guys.

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NorwichScene
February 13th 2018


2455 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Morning agreed, this is unnecessary. The album is actually pretty good, ep not worth your time

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2018


7758 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks whoever jumped on adding the art.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2018


11095 Comments


Still really like their debut but everything after that got boring quickly and they've never recovered. I'll pass on this. Great review though.

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Wildcardbitchesss
February 13th 2018


383 Comments


saw these guys live and I hated it

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SteakByrnes
February 13th 2018


6788 Comments


Not interested in this in the slightest, I liked Ark quite a bit tho

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2018


7758 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ark was okay, everything after Divination is a drag

SteakByrnes
February 13th 2018


6788 Comments


Divination is definitely their best, so many jams on that

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2018


7758 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Really hoping I start finding some AOTY contenders soon.



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