The transition to melodic metalcore isn’t something which comes quietly or without a bang, and
My Heart To Fear show exactly how it’s done on full-length album, ‘Into The Maelstrom’. The young Christian band from Williamsport, USA took their band name from verse two of the religious song ‘Amazing Grace’ (“It was grace that taught my heart to fear”), and the five men that make up this band are confident in their relationship with God and this is reflected within their music. But, don’t go thinking that this is an all God band who don’t know how to rock, because their monstrous titan of an album will blast that thought into thousands of tiny pieces.
The band are difficult to pigeon-hole. Yes, the band and indeed this album are metalcore, but it isn’t quite as simple as that. If you take the heaviness of Motionless In White and mix in the technical riffing of Bullet For My Valentine or Parkway Drive and stir them together with a vocalist with screams unmatchable to any other band, then you’re about halfway to knowing quite how My Heart To Fear sound.
Rather than lengthy songs like prior ‘The War’, the tracks on this album seem shorter and more to the point, allowing them to be punchier in style and angrier in lyrics. The band, like many others in recent years, have tried to work in modern electronic sounds to their heavy growls and deep chord busting riffs, because this electronic side hasn’t over-ridden the metal, it actually seems to fit in perfectly well. On tracks such as opener ‘Blood Money’ and ‘Hell Or High Water’, the synths add a depth to the breakdowns and allows an additional layer to encase itself perfectly between the growls of Trevor Pool and the fast moving riff hands of Dale. ‘Blood Money’ is a punchy solid opener which will set your blood pumping and your head pounding ready for more.
Pool and drummer Luke Brady split the duties of the clean singing, which means the tracks don’t seem rushed or forced and it keeps them seeming fresh. The band know exactly what’s needed to not push things overboard, for example, track ‘Encased In Glass’ slows down a bit while bassist Taylor takes centre stage cutting through the mix and getting spotlight numerous times with his heavy deep bass lines which givea a neat little twang to the breakdowns; something that you simply don’t hear enough of in current day metalcore.
One thing this album doesn’t lack are breakdowns. Now, breakdowns should not define a metalcore band, but this is one thing this one do beautifully. Their breakdowns are destructive and to imagine what the mosh pits would be like at a live show are something I would worry about for the safety of the crowd. The transition between breakdowns, catchy choruses and deep verses is immaculate, where the riffs combined with Trevor‘s frantic vocals fit hand-in-hand.
If you love heavy music then I suggest giving this album your full attention. This is an unsigned band with an amazing start to their career.
Written by Rhian Westbury