Also from The Netherlands and on Shield Recordings is Heartfelt, whose latest outing, "Take It or Leave It", cranks out 14 tracks of energetic melodic hardcore in just 24 minutes. They definitely keep things short but sweet (no song hits three minutes), so expect plenty of fast, old school-influenced hardcore breaks accented by occasional forays into octave chords or subtly more "technical" melodic riffing—flirting with a scarce amount of post-hardcore dissonance here and there. The vocals are basically straight up yelling, but there's a faint tinge of melody tucked away in there that goes right along with the music. As a four-piece they keep things a little more stripped down than some of their contemporaries, which could work either way depending on how you look at it. I'm certainly not complaining, but I will admit that I could envision the band hitting on a little more creativity and melodic force with two guitar players—especially if they started layering some of their more involved riffing over the standard rhythms. Regardless, it may not be particularly original, but fuck if I care. They leave no time for getting bored, simply tearing right through and keeping the momentum going, so this is a very solid offering that bodes well for Heartfelt's future output. Good stuff.
As above, I'm not seeing this one around at distros here in the US yet, so contact the band or the label to see about getting your hands on the disc.
4.27.2007 | By David - Asice.net
In case anyone’s interested:
Pre-orders for our LP are up now @ http://www.saidanddone.org/preorder
CD still available through us, the label or various distro’s. If any distro from the US is interested, contact us!
Oh and Andrew, thanks for the review dude. But I already told you ;)
5.21.2007 | By Pim
US distro available now, in case you stumble upon this through Google or something.
Surprise Attack Records is taking care of it. Check them out, great label.
11.27.2007 | By Pim