In Hearts Wake @ Metropolis Fremantle, Perth
In the shadows of local heroes Parkway Drive, Byron Bay metalcore outfit In Hearts Wake embarked on their biggest Australian tour to date, making a cheeky stop in Perth. The UNFD signed band brought along some international and local friends as well to join the party, namely We Came as Romans, Beartooth, and Storm The Sky.
The surely sold out venue experienced the highly recognised and talented Aussies Storm the Sky who opened the evenings proceedings. Playing hits off Permanence, the Melbournians received a great reception from the energised crowd.
Punters were embracing the extremely high calibre of the evening when just the second band reigned all the way from Ohio in the United States. Beartooth, led by vocalist Caleb Shomo (ex-Attack Attack!) brought an infectiously excitable aurora that boasted mosh pits and circle pits within seconds of Relapsing. After colloquially greeting the crowd with a gday to Freo, the band ripped through hits off their début album Disgusting like Body Bag and Dead. Shomo repeatedly reminded the Western Aussies that they were at a metal show and he expected them to move. Punters responded and delivered the energetic movement as requested, creating a vortex of bouncing heads.
Shortly after fans recovered, We Came as Romans entered the stage with a heavy bundle of tracks that bellowed through the lending acoustics of the venue. Clean vocalist Kyle Pavone engaged with the crowd perpetually and even jumped in to increase involvement. But it was really the metalcore bands cover of Taylor Swifts Trouble that had the crowd singing along euphorically. The bands set certainly served its purpose of warming the crowd up ahead of releasing their brand self-titled new album in July.
It was time for the headliner to make their long awaited appearance and blow the minds of fans corner to corner. In Hearts Wake on stage with opener Aether and Skydancer which really set the standard for the upcoming set. Jake Taylor truly embraced the role of a front man as he discussed philosophical values with the crowd and constantly encouraged participation.
Circle pits erupted throughout the set, with one even preceded by a Lion King inspired theme intro, where a toy lion was thrown into the crowd; this was a reminder of the bands easy-going and fun Byron Bay attitude.
Breakdowns were delivered crisply and monstrously heavy in tracks like Cottonmouth and other heavy contenders from Earthwalker. In Hearts Wake definitely showed Fremantle their impressive resume of achievements and potential for selling out stadiums in the coming years.