American Verse

Heaven's In Your Head EP

Written by: PP on 10/03/2013 13:56:44

American Verse belong to a category of emo bands that's slowly dwindling away from popularity. Their sophomore EP "Heaven's In Your Head" sounds a great deal like the early 2000s emo scene, where bands like Hawthorne Heights and Armor For Sleep were at their most active and at the top of their game, which also means you can trace the (distant) influence of Texas Is The Reason in their sound.

The singing is done in either high pitch emo style, or a halfway scream at times where the vocals are almost crackling underneath the pressure of the strained applied to them. The material is otherwise typically slow to mid-tempo emo, with a few forays into pop punk and even into melodic hardcore, such as on the 25 second "The Last Fucking Song I'll Ever Write About You". Coincidentally, it is the catchiest track on the record, which leads me to wonder whether American Verse should experiment more with the early Saves The Day type of sound instead of the Hawthorne Heights style that they mostly find themselves in.

Yes, the delivery is emotionally charged and at times even tormented, such as on opener "Decay", but it's not original or convincing enough overall to make a lasting impression. This is dime-a-dozen emo rock, and although it does have some substance, it's not enough to warrant a higher rating.

6

Download: What I Really Am, Decay
For the fans of: Hawthorne Heights, Armor For Sleep, Texas Is The Reason
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Release date 14.08.2012
Better Days Records

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