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Review: Tear Out the Heart - Violence

Review: Tear Out the Heart - Violence
Rated:3/5

Violence is certainly an apt title for this St. Louis metalcore troupe’s debut full-length. There’s a genuine whiplash threat on these 11 tracks, which either charge forth at blitzkrieg speeds (“Crucified,” “Eternal Shadows”) or lumber along with the earth-shaking quality of a Brontosaurus wearing chain mail (“Infamous Last Words,” “Coffin Eyes” featuring Story of the Year’s Dan Marsala). With his wide range—from netherworld growls to heavenly clean vocals—frontman Tyler Konersman is the star of the show, but his bandmates certainly push his performance through sophisticated but still fierce arrangements. Pacifists need not apply. GARY GRAFF

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