IN HEARTS WAKE // KALIYUGA // ALBUM REVIEW
IN HEARTS WAKE // KALIYUGA // ALBUM REVIEW9
IN HEARTS WAKE // KALIYUGA // ALBUM REVIEW9
IN HEARTS WAKE // KALIYUGA // ALBUM REVIEW9
IN HEARTS WAKE // KALIYUGA // ALBUM REVIEW9
IN HEARTS WAKE // KALIYUGA // ALBUM REVIEW9
9Overall Score
Reader Rating: (5 Votes)
8.2

Since 2006, In Hearts Wake have been consistently releasing quality releases, and with KALIYUGA about to release, the hype is incredibly high to see just where the band are taking their sound. One thing I love from the get go is how the band have aimed to completely offset their carbon footprint while recording by supporting a rewilding project in Australia on First Nations land. On top of this, like albums previous, the album is inspired by the elements and earth, this time being Fire and the fires that devastated the states and Australia over the last few years.

This is obvious within the first couple of tracks, Crisis and Worldwide Suicide. Both tracks are heavy, aggressive and disjointed while being catchy and full of a groove that captures listeners effortlessly. Hellbringer that follows features a great guest performance from Jamie Hails of Polaris.
The next track that stands out to me is Timebomb which successfully blends elements of early 2000’s rock and metal while keeping the sound already shown within the previous tracks to create a fantastic track that keeps its momentum the entire duration of its run.

Track 6, Son of a Witch, brings elements of modern Metalcore to the forefront of the sound, with a great clean vocal performance, a lot of dissonance over the chorus and electronic elements to build atmosphere. On top of this, the song features one of the albums best breakdowns. Crossroads is one of the albums more experimental tracks, featuring heavy Synth, elements of Rap in the vocal performance and another great feature, this time from Georgia Flood, an Australian film, television and theatre actress. More standouts for me are Naga and Force for Life that take the same elements of Timebomb from earlier in the album but crank them all up to 11.

Finally, I want to talk about the final track on the album 2033. Taking elements of every track across the album, the song is both the most typical metalcore sounding on the entire release while also being one of the most experimental tracks too. If I have to recommend one track alone from the album, it’s this.

All in all, KALIYUGA is a great release that shows In Hearts Wake grow as musicians to an incredible degree. Being experimental within your sound is never something bands can predict the response to, but it pays off here without question. The album has a familiar sound that’s easy to approach while being a refreshing new take on the Metalcore formula at the same time, that both fans of the genre and those who usually look past it will be able to find substance and enjoyment with great ease.

 

In Hearts Wake – Kaliygua is released this Friday, August 7th vIa UNFD Records.

 

Daniel Stapleton

 

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 Tracklist:

  01 Crisis 
  02 Wolrdwide Suicide 
  03 Hellbringer (feat. Jamie Hails) 
  04 Moving On 
  05 Timebomb 
  06 Son of a Witch 
  07 Crossroads (feat. Georgia Flood) 
  08 Husk 
  09 Nāgá 
  10 Force of Life  
  11 Iron Dice (feat. Randy Reimann) 
  12 Dystopia 
  13 2033

 

 

 

IN HEARTS WAKE
RELEASE NEW SINGLE + VIDEO ‘DYSTOPIA

NEW ‘SMOKE’ ECO VINYL VARIANT OF ‘KALIYUGA’ 
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In Hearts Wake release new single and video ‘Dystopia’ today. The single is the fourth release from the band’s upcoming carbon offset album KALIYUGA out 7th August 2020.
‘Dystopia’ takes a new musical approach for the band, with compelling drive, progression and layered melodic intricacy. The track, like the album, is inspired by the Four Ages of Humanity. 

“Dystopia speaks of the fourth cycle and present age of the world known in Hinduism as ‘Kaliyuga’. ‘Kaliyuga’ is often referred to as the dark age due to the predominate traits of discord, disconnection, destruction, materialism, oppression, cruelty and fear” says vocalist Jake Taylor.

We look for the cause to cast the blame, but humanity need only look itself in the mirror. It is time for us to face and overcome the issues and challenges that currently threaten all life on Earth.” 

‘Dystopia’ offers a way forward, by encouraging us to question and see through the deadening status quo. Inspiring us to imagine what we are really capable of if we seize the opportunity to grow and change the way we live on the earth and with each other.
Dystopia’s video takes the viewer through the different age cycles. Check it out below.

‘Dystopia’ is the fourth single to be released from the band’s new album, KALIYUGA out 7th August.. KALIYUGA is a ruthless scrutiny of self and the social and eco injustices and abuse at play today, the power and purpose of the record is evident in every facet of its making. The band measured each power socket, light bulb, pound of freight, travel and food consumed during the recording process to find the total carbon footprint came to 26.37 tonnes of CO2e. This has been entirely offset through the purchase of carbon credits in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor of Western Australia. The album will also be packaged and manufactured plastic free, using recycled materials.

Vinyl copies of the album have been pressed on calcium based eco-plastic with recycled and eco-friendly packaging, coming in four different variants (molten, ash, flame & ignite). Having sold through most vinyl options globally within hours, today the band release a fifth ‘smoke’ variation. This white ‘smoke’ variant was set aside for an exclusive tour release but due to COVID-19 halting all tour plans for now, it has been made available. These are high demand products and will sell through quickly. Pre-order via 24Hundred and JB Hi-Fi here. 

For more information on the album as well as exclusive insights, news and content visit thehouseofkali.com.

‘KALIYUGA’ by In Hearts Wake out 7th August 2020. Pre-order here.

‘Dystopia’ by In Hearts Wake is out now.

 

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