By Bailey Barnson
Ark is the fourth studio release from Aussie metalcore band, In Hearts Wake. While this album is still a decent depiction of what the band stands for—Mother Earth and self-love—it isn’t a great follow up to their previous release, Skydancer.
It does however, follow a specific formula coined by the Aussies, opening and closing with a sleep and psychedelic cuts and with one slower song in the middle. This album is lacking musically, there aren’t many riffs or beats that stick with the listener, however, the lyrics compensate by pushing along a message to believe in yourself and the Earth you live on. These boys usually have a pretty decent balance of clean vocals, sung by Kyle Erich, with screaming by Jake Taylor, but Erich’s vocals aren’t showcased as well as on their previous releases and Taylor’s screams are lacking the raw power that we know he has. This album is worth a listen to at least once though; you may find something you might enjoy.Ark, Aussie metalcore, In Hearts Wake, Rise Records