The problem for My Heart To Fear and their Lost Between Brilliance and Insanity EP is that a metalcore band which chooses to keep its crucifixes right side up doesn’t quite fit in an upside down world.
“Blood Money” and “Dear Mr. White” are metalcore with undeniable fervor, hammer-on-anvil rhythms and arrangements that over-reach into spasmodic arm-waving. MHTF pulls a mighty plow to dig a different row in their genre. With these first tracks, they seem to be on to something.
The band burns hotter than a sepulchral candle even though they’re screeching at the choir. “Legends Never Die” won’t call many down to the altar especially with that hideous noise thing that intros the song. The metalcore mass is a mess here, but the clean vocals are offer respite from Trevor Pool’s mike-chomping vocals. The lyrics spiral into cringing illiteracy from the EP’s halfway point.
“The Witching Hour” is the EP’s best track, though “Blood Money” is close. MHTF bookends the EP with the best they have to offer. “The Witching Hour” features a repetitive refrain ‘we watch you in your sleep,’ whatever that means. Perhaps MHTF feels everyone’s sleeping through the Great Alarm.
With all their flashes of interesting, solid musicianship especially from Taylor Pool’s keyboard fills, the EP wrestles itself above a raggedy demo presentation, but threatens to cave in under the weight of its overtly obvious message.
(released November 20, 2012 on Solid State Records)