Underappreciated Hardcore Band of the Week: My Heart To Fear

My Heart To Fear is a Christian metalcore band from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as well as the the band that inspired this weekly article. They’ve released two albums, Into the Maelstorm and Algorithm and are currently signed to Solid State Records.

Very few bands have the ability to make me fall in love with their music instantly the way My Heart To Fear did. For most bands, I’ll lose interest quickly, unless they grow on me over time. However, after hearing, what I still think is their best song, 4th Dimensional Opera House, they quickly became a favorite of mine for the past year. It’s definitely accurate to say they’re a band that sticks out in a stale genre.

The first thing that stands out about My Heart To Fear might be their most dividing element. I’m talking about the vocals. I can understand if someone doesn’t like them because Trevor Pool does have an interesting vocal style, to say the least. Instead of trying to sound as heavy as possible, which he can do if Pack Up, We’re Moving is any indication, Pool’s screams are meant to be understood. This results in style that distinguishes him apart from every other band.

The second part of My Heart To Fear that stands out are the instruments and how they’re composed in their songs. Everything from the guitars, bass and drums are outstanding. However, what sets them from other talented bands is how they make them stand out. The guitars will usually be tapped quickly, but My Heart To Fear isn’t afraid of throwing a bass solo into a few songs. They also understand how to incorporate slow parts into songs, so the quick and heavy parts can be truly appreciated.

As far as they’re lyrics are considered, it”s more appropriate to call it poetry. They do have a Christian theme in their songs (worry not because songs like Angst and Blood Money do criticize some aspects of churches), but almost every song is thought provoking and brimming with passion and emotion. It’s an incredibly difficult to strike a balance of being heavily critical with just enough hope to keep the average person from being turned off. It’s safe to say My Heart To Fear is in the highest tier of metal song writers.

My Heart To Fear deserves way more recognition than what they currently have. Give them a like on their Facebook to help support them. I await with bated breath until I can see them in concert.

KC Stanfield

I'm journalism senior with a love for all forms of heavy music and video games.