"Ark is In Hearts Wake’s 4th studio album and it feels like it belongs to a band that’s just getting into their stride"
Byron Bay seems to be the Metalcore capital for Australia with Parkway Drive calling the area home for one, but they're not the only band to come from the touristy town, In Hearts Wake also hail from that neck of the woods and have asserted themselves these last few years as not just a band in PD’s shadow.
They have their own massive following of loyal supporters and when you listen to the lyrics it's easy to see why, tackling social issues and the environment. Their latest album, Ark, which was released on the label UNFD (Ocean Grove are on it and a lot of other awesome bands, very quickly becoming my favourite label) came out late last month (May) on the 26th.
After the first couple of listens of Ark I came to a quick conclusion, almost half this album is the missing Linkin Park record most of us were waiting for, it's also a perfect mix of Metalcore and Nu-Metal, with a couple of dual fusion songs thrown in for good measure.
You hear the elements of Nu on ‘Frequently', 'Waterborne’ and especially ‘Arrow’. While you'll get your blood pumping on the Core tracks like ‘Nomad’, ‘Overthrow’, ‘Elemental’, the fuckin sweet ‘Warcry’ and ‘Passage’. Even though I’ve grouped them, a lot of these tunes do cross over, as in the main guts of song will be one style, the chorus and/or bridge will be the other, and they work.
In moments like these I realise I’ve been out of Oz for far too long, I didn't know In Hearts Wake before Ark and it seems like I’ve missed out on a musical revolution with all these great sounding bands who’ve been around for 10+ years and I never even heard of them.
Ark is In Hearts Wake’s 4th studio album and it feels like it belongs to a band that’s just getting into their stride, and it is. I can see this group constantly striving to improve an already impressive effort time after time. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this week’s record, to the point I’ve even started singing snippets of tracks during the day, decent Metalcore always keeps me going and happy and Ark did that with flying colours, if you love this genre with a little twist then definitely check Ark out, well worth the time.