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HARDWARES

TEAR OUT THE HEART

Violence

(Victory Records)

Reviewed by : Greg Pratt
Rating : 5.0

This debut from St. Louis metalcore dudes TEAR OUT THE HEART is an ambitious slab of what makes the kids today tick, kick, and shed a tear or two. Sure, it relies on metalcore cliches that will only appeal to the genre diehard in 2013, so let's be clear here: this is only for metalcore diehards. Still, tunes like 'Infamous Last Words' (wow, has no one used that as a song title until now?) get viciously heavy without being cloying in a slam-metal kinda way. Although, boy, come clean-chorus time, those sensitive-prick vocals are going to rub EVERYBODY the wrong way. There's tons of insane breakdowns—some of which resemble MESHUGGAH gone horribly and kinda wonderfully metalcore—as well as string-bending heaviness (oh, wait, that's Meshuggah again), and ludicrously triggered drums up the butt. Add in the electronic flourishes and radio-friendly choruses, and, man, there's just lots of stuff up the butt here. Depends on if you like things up the butt or not: if you do, these guys do heavy as heavy as anyone who also like to suddenly sound like a pop star during their choruses, often to a surprisingly enjoyable and sonically crushing degree when they're bringing the noise. But the sung choruses? Those things just don't work anymore.



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