Seattle’s the Heavy Hearts crank out a brutal and furious rock-fueled racket that is full of ambition and drive but unfortunately little substance. Tight, punchy and punky, yet lacking the strength of cohesive songwriting, their first full-length disc begins strong with tracks like “Revolution” and “Destruction of Our Own Creation” sounding quite novel, but soon feels decades long as one track blends into another. I still can’t figure out what they’re so angst-ridden about; it’s lost on me in a wave of lyrical vagueness.

Vocalist Brian Burnside’s high-pitched vocal deliverance varies little from track to track as he shrieks to the beat. His attempts to jab the audience with a sharp stick sadly blend into a bland blur by the final track.

Grade: C

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