In Hearts Wake

ARK

Australian HIFI - - ON TEST -

ARK won’t make con­verts of any cur­rent Earth­core cyn­ics, but the By­ron Bay pi­o­neers have piled on more than enough ef­fects-laden shred to keep long­stand­ing fans at bay. Cuts such as Flow and Over­throw beg for the mosh pit, the for­mer with its riffs bat­tered at a break­neck pace and the lat­ter with its chugs as slick as they are sav­age. They’ve broad­ened their sound with a 50:50 split be­tween Tay­lor’s vi­cious bel­lows and Erich’s soul-melt­ing cleans to pave the way for softer guitar parts to peek through, but it’s very hit and miss: Ar­row’s forced at­mo­spher­ics hide what could have been a pow­er­ful bal­lad un­der waves of re­verb and synth. The songs at large have more room to breathe, but when the crux of In Hearts Wake is those tight and tense bursts of ma­ni­a­cal en­ergy ( Bad­lands… De­par­ture), that isn’t re­ally a good thing. Trimmed of fat, ARK is a killer five-track EP.

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