One of the more famous phrases thrown around in life is “less is more”, which is the ideology that a minimalistic approach is more effective. While this phrase can be applied to a large variety of things, it’s easily applied to a lot of scenarios involving the arts and creativity as some people tend to go overboard. When musicians approach their next project with this mindset, amazing things can happen and that’s exactly what melodic hardcore outfit Create To Inspire did with their latest release, Home Is Where My Heart Dies. Containing four tracks and clocking in just over thirteen minutes, the follow-up to the underground darling Halfway Home is an emotional offering that is more refined in not only sound, but message.
Per vocalist Sean Midson, the band’s concentrated goal is to write about real shit – everyday things people go through and struggle with. This goal is not only met, but exceeded with the presentation that Home Is Where My Heart Dies provides listeners. Instrumentally, the EP offers up a very metalcore influenced style that blends in crunchy riffs, melodic bridges, heart inducing breakdowns and a bassline that grooves. The raw, gut-wrenching harsh vocals are counter-balanced by the smooth, catchy cleans that make up the anthemic choruses throughout each song and make the band heavy, but easily approachable to many listeners.
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For only having a paltry four tracks, Home Is Where My Heart Dies is something that has massive replayability. Whether it’s instrumentally or lyrically, the band have crafted an approachable, repeatable sound and message. Combining clear production with melodic riffs and anthemic choruses scattered between emotionally tinged verses, Create To Inspire created a worthy follow up to an underground darling that takes their sound up a notch and is a showcase for what’s next to come.