One of the hottest rising stars to come out of Australia are the mixture of metalcore with post hardcore by the name of In Hearts Wake who are looking to make much more of a strong presence with their upcoming record ‘Ark’. Being the bands 4th studio record after their two very popular releases of ‘Earthwalker’ and ‘Skydancer’, it is now the moment to see where this record goes.
The album is starting off in its strong mannerisms that stick to what you probably already know about the group with opening track ‘Passage’ and it’s production hits hard, but at the moment the band seem to playing their cards to their chest as the track doesn’t show off too much newer elements within their arsenal. The same seems to go with next track ‘Nomad’ which provides you with the bands mixture of strong riffs and tire-puncturing heavy moments with some elegant guitar leads. The clean vocals from Kyle Erich give the choruses their much needed boost as well as during the tracks key moments. ‘Frequency’ makes you think you’ve accidentally skipped the album and jumped into a New Found Glory record from the beginning moments of the song, but don’t be fooled by the pop punk traits that come across as the record elevates its anthemic qualities so much more and the track easily cements itself as a live show staple.
The album moves forward and you tend to get more of the same style that you’re used to with the band as the same tempo elements and playing style unfortunately puts them back in their own creativity box. Songs such as ‘Warcry’ and ‘Elemental’ seem to give you a nice throw back to their popular material that you enjoy jamming and with encompassing these tracks into their entire discography they make a lot more sense, but with that aspect the tracks don’t have anything too memorable in their approach to make the record stand out as a whole. Now and again you have the softer songs help bring out a lot more to the band that you might not have been used to listening to, with tracks like ‘Arrow’ and ‘Waterborne’ further showing proof of Kyle’s masterful singing abilities, which help with some of the instrumentation and becomes one of the records redeemable features.
The album comes after some of their most seemingly forceful and passionate work to date and with this record they only just manage to keep that. With the majority of the feeling stemming around a record that feels too safe for a genre that is oversaturated to begin with, there are a few tracks that help overshadow this fact with its beauty. It’s not a major setback for the group, but might leave a few fans feeling like they didn’t get what they wanted.