My Heart To Fear's debut Solid State EP, Lost Between Brilliance and Insanity, is a fantastically bold and challenging debut from a band that'll mesh well alongside some of the label's heavier acts.
Not because they themselves are drastically heavy, however. Instead of heart-pounding breakdowns and mile-a-minute guitar solos, Lost is littered with clean and screaming vocals, eerie (borderline ominous) keyboard, and uplifting harmonies.
Closer to the style of Atreyu before they sold their soul, tracks like "Blood Money" and "Legends Never Die" pound forward with a low, raspy, growl that you can literally feel in the back of Trevor Pool's throat. Additionally, the album strays from the typical verse-chorus-bridge format and stays a bit more free flowing, dipping in and out of emotional movements of really heavy, sort of heavy, and not as heavy.
The stand out moment by far is the end of "Life Under The Stairs," when the band opts for higher-pitched, screeching screams over out-of-key dissonant guitars that makes your skin crawl. Sure, it's not first date material, but it's nice to hear a metalcore record that experiments within the genre and offers something that isn't stale before it leaves the packaging.