North Dakota’s own These Hearts have emerged onto the scene once again with their lastest EP release titled Elephant In The Room. Followed up from their previous release in 2011 Forever Ended Yesterday, they have been active with tours and shows and not to mention the build up of their recent release, to again, blow your mind for the second time.
With an outstanding fanbase, they are currently on tour throughout Setpember all around the US with other great bands, Broadway Us and From Outside.
Denial Is Not Just A River In Egypt, is a style of song you would very much expect from such bands as Senses Fail or A Day To Remember. A raw blend of heavy energy contrasted to soft melodies and pop-punk instruments, in the same song. A style of music which obviously has come around from recent years with the collide of different genres, a typical love-hate feel from many opinions. A style which These Hearts execute with class. They could easily pull of a pop-punk or metal band on their own merits, however they merge these attributes seamlessly throughout the album. An excellent executed song, with a fun, creative video to match the essence of the song. Perfect, if only just. Even though Denial Is Not Just A River In Egypt is a good song, however it seems forced. With the repetition of melody, heavy, melody, heavy, the beatdown accompanied by gang vocals doesn’t make too much of an impact to actually break-up the song effectively, funny enough. Maybe Im just being mean and over thinking what should usually be an enjoyable listening experience, but although a great performance, I fail to see or hear should I say, anything which doesn’t already sound like a band I already love to pieces.
The Inconvenience is a slightly heavier track o their EP and with the opening lyrics, ‘If you could have heard her, screaming bloody murder’, there is no doubt of the instant feel of this song. With an opening generic breakdown rhythm accompanied by the drums which follow suit, even the lead guitar which soon blends into playing the same as the rhythm which doesn’t make enough impact to create much diversity in the song. But hey, I’m not a fan of over-repetition. Each to their own. In this song, the verse-chorus transition is rather odd. There is not much instrument nor lyrical change involved in the transition to blend such parts, and although this is not always required, in this case I think it would have been beneficial. Whereas in Denial Is Not Just A River In Egypt the transitions seemed to flow seamlessly between the different styles, in this song The Inconvenience, it seems like I am listening to two songs. One heavy, screamy and loud, the other soft melodic choruses which now I see, is their knack.
After deep thought and heavy listening of two of five tracks off their album especially, I can tell you These Hearts are perfect for a good time. An energetic performance and the ability to showcase themselves well has granted them with an ever-growing fan base. If you like a good mix of metal and pop which creates the genre of power, popcore, then you will love them with everything you got. However this genre is not for everyone, so take a listen. Thirty seconds into any of their new album tracks, you will know instantly whether you will love or hate. Marmite.
Elephant In The Room, released 4th September 2012.
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