Before we begin big thanks for Tristan for doing the 3rd day Sonisphere review mainly for me! Although I am disappointed you didn’t see Dream Theater as they are one of my favourite bands. Also I’m incredibly jealous I didn’t get to Sonisphere this year as it is by far the best organised festival I’ve ever been to. Now onto another round of the game we call, reviewing a new song!
I stumbled across Heartist through Facebook, when I saw they had signed to Roadrunner Records. Thinking hey, its rare they sign a really poor band I checked them and their debut album out, expecting some fairly generic user friendly metalcore. And well, I was sort of correct…ish. Yes parts of their sound are generic, but on their Nothing You Didn’t Deserve EP, they were doing it better than I expected.
So I was fairly looking forward to seeing what they came up with their full length album Feeding Fiction, which comes out August 12th . Unfortunately out of the songs I’ve heard so far (and they’ve released quite a few) I wasn’t hugely impressed. I mean they were fine, but were a little less heavy and a bit more mainstream.
However Manipulate, was the song I had hoped to hear. One, it is defiantly heavier (it even has a substantial amount of screaming that seemed to be lacking from the other new tracks). On top of this, it is more refined than their previous effort, which dials down some of the more obscure synth lines present on Nothing You Didn’t Deserve and replaces them with more atmospheric parts which really add to the song.
The vocals were one of the first things that sold me with this band, mainly because singer Bryce Beckley sounds suspiciously like Spencer Sotelo of Periphery (yes they’ve crept up again in one of my reviews) , which is no bad thing. And Bryce’s pipes (which would be a cool name for a pipe store if the owner was called Bryce) are on top form during the track. His screams sound less processed, and his clean range is astounding.
After the song opens with the aforementioned synth, a fairly standard yet still grooving distorted riff enters after a nifty drum fill. The verse mixes clean and screamed vocals expertly, whilst predictably the chorus is cleanly sung and laden with hooks. Manipulate follows a fairly standard structure which is to be expected, and therefore leads to a cohesive listening experience. One of the most interesting aspects of the song is the breakdown which features some shouted vocal lines which remind me of more ‘Emo’ bands such as The Used. Following this quite successful part of the song it calms down before the build up to the final chorus.
Overall, whilst again aspects of the song are quite generic, it is very well put together from a talented band who don’t reinvent the wheel but shouldn’t be ignored or overlooked for not doing so.
Manipulate is the best song from the album I’ve heard so far by a long way (with first single Pressure Point coming in second) and has once again peaked my interest in their upcoming album Feeding Fiction, which is released on Roadrunner Records on August 12th.
I give Manipulate a 7/10