Heart Of A Coward – The Disconnect

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: https://www.arising-empire.com
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disconnect-Heart-Coward/dp/B07NTXF4WG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+disconnect+heart&qid=1559902729&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Band Website: http://www.facebook.com/heartofacowardofficial

Band line-up:

Kaan Tasan | vocals
Carl Ayers | guitars
Steve Haycock | guitars
Vishal Khetia | bass
Christopher Mansbridge | drums

Tracklisting:

1. Drown in Ruin
2. Ritual
3. Collapse
4. Culture of Lies
5. In the Wake
6. Senseless
7. Return to Dust
8. Suffocate
9. Parasite
10. Isolation

Review:

Heart Of A Coward are a metalcore band from Milton Keynes, who are on the Arising Empire record label. The group have made lots of progress since forming in 2009, gaining much praise from both the press and fans and have toured extensively with their dynamic and masterful live performances. They will be releasing their latest album ‘The Disconnect’ on 7th June. Guitarist Steve Haycock comments on its composition: “The Disconnect was not an easy process to begin with after such an extended hiatus, but once the wheels started rolling it was business as usual”. 

To say the music is reliant on low-pitched root-note chugging would be an understatement. Sure, more varied thrashy riffs and fills are common, but this style of MC playing has been around for years and years, and the band have done little to develop it. Higher pitched guitars in the form of rhythmically dull and repetitive melodies still contrast reasonably well with the pounding brutality, but the concept of them is equally tired. Furthermore, all songs are in a very similar style other than ‘Return To Dust’, which has a more ambient and thoughtful sound. However, the vocal melody in it and indeed all songs whilst adequate is equally unadventurous as the backing. 

If the music was more unpredictable, progressive and harmonious, there would be a risk of HoaC losing some of their force. Sometimes one wants to know exactly what will happen, so as to make moshing easier. However, that’s not to say complicated music can’t be just as exciting, if not more so, if done properly. Take for example the nu metal band Slipknot, who make use of a huge variety of riffs, mixed with rampant, complex drumming and the occasional classic and catchy vocal tune, for example that of ‘Wait and Bleed’. On the plus side, the production here is thick and powerful and consequently, listening to the album loud is a very satisfying experience.

In conclusion, a lot of time and effort clearly went into The Disconnect. However, too much time seems to have gone into polishing everything, whilst the songwriting has been neglected. Despite the mixture of thrash, melodic death metal and relatively basic mathcore ideas, this album may leave you thinking that something more is needed. However, if you are a fan of metalcore, you can do a lot worse than with these guys. The release is not a tour de force, but is worth buying.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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