Vanna - Honest Hearts - EP

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Post-hardcore
Artery Recordings
Vanna
Honest Hearts - EP
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After six years, three EP's, and two full-length releases, one would think that a band at this point would have grown in maturity and progressed in style. But unfortunately, the latest release by Boston, MA metalcore group Vanna falls short of what is expected from a band this long in existence. With the same youthful and angsty feel, it seems that they have never truly left the MassArt dorm rooms from which they originated.

With Honest Hearts as the title, there doesn’t seem to be much of a confession present within, nor is there anything displaying some sort of heartfelt feeling in the music. Despite what could have been a game-changing lineup (Davey Muise replacing Chris Preece as vocalist), Vanna has shown that it is possible to regress in musicianship. In terms of lyrical quality, there seems to be very little expressing anything of significance. The lyrics to the chorus of “Passerby” are as follows: “Is this all I have to say about anything anymore?/ I'm just trying to keep myself on my feet/Keep living it, but you'll just mess up it”. The opener “Lost and Bound” seems promising, but only serves to set a pattern for the other two originals on the EP; boring and fairly adequate, even as fillers for a full-length. There is no thought or emotion to the songs, just a series of forgettable lyrics prefaced by fairly bland guitar riffs.

Where this is not the case is in the latter two songs, and it is no surprise that these two are merely re-recordings with Muise on vocals. The single “Trashmouth” starts out with an energetic guitar riff, invoking the sounds of panic with dissonant harmonic notes. The sarcastic message matches Muise’s vocal cries, scratching a spot between yelling and screaming that suits the southern tinge of the song as well. Save for this, the album is a huge disappointment, which is magnified by the fact that there are only 5 songs on the release. It seems like the signing to Artery Recordings may have caused this as part of the terms, and perhaps a full-length will be on the way that will dispel any doubts, but for now, Honest Hearts will be a physical benchmark for the band’s future improvement. 

1. Lost and Bound
2. Sending Vessels
3. Passerby
4. Dead Language
5. Trashmouth

Vanna is a metalcore band from Boston, Massachusetts, United States. They formed in December 2004 with just Evan Pharmakis and Nick Lambert and recorded their first demo in a dorm room at MassArt using a drum Machine. Soon they recruited drummer Brandon Davis (who at the time was playing guitar for the band Therefore I Am), bassist Shawn Marquis, and vocalist Joe Bragel.

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