Tear Out the Heart | 01.31.2015

Tear_Out_The_Heart_75Vicious in their delivery, the band performed tracks from Dead, Everywhere and their first album, Violence. The rabid audience thrashed around madly, while singing every word. 




The Ready Room, St. Louis

Hometown boys Tear Out the Heart blew the roof off The Ready Room in The Grove on Saturday night. Celebrating the national release of their second full-length album, Dead, Everywhere, (Victory Records), the five-piece metal-core band ripped through a ferocious set of well-written and well-performed metal songs. With five opening acts on the bill, the crowd were well-primed for this local band who has made a national splash. Having shared the stage with artists like Rob Zombie and The Devil Wears Prada, the band are an act to watch out for. They finished off their Dead, Everywhere tour with a special homecoming show in the Gateway City.

Vicious in their delivery, the band performed tracks from Dead, Everywhere and their first album, Violence. The rabid audience thrashed around madly, while singing every word. Lead vocalist Tyler Konersman growls and snarls like a pro. With the balance of a clear, more melodic vocal courtesy of bassist Issac Etter, the result is a unique blend of melody and pure roaring emotion. Guitarists Josh Spohn and Matthieu Murphy weave in and out of each other with aggressive riffs and sizzling leads. While the set seemed short, the band did not lack in energy. Going as far back as their self-released EPs (2011’s Tear Out the Heart and Hell Is Empty in 2012) the band have plenty of material to choose from. Included in the set were the two latest singles, “Feel Real” and “I’ve Got Secrets,” both which can be found on YouTube. The new material merged well with the old, and the audience responded with a vengeance.

Shocking the crowd, vocalist Konersman announced that every ticket holder could leave the show with a free copy of the new album, and he invited the fans to go to the merchandise booth to pick up their CD. With intentions of another tour this spring, TOTH are a force to be reckoned with. Young, talented and hungry, they have the stamina and the material to ride the Heavy-Metal Wave.

The band also gave five local acts the opportunity to support the band on the bill. Ranging in style from post-punk to metal-core, the roster of bands was pleasantly diverse. Scout’s Honor, Misery Hord, Small Talk, This Is Me Breathing, and The Few graced the stage. I have to say that The Few are a band to watch. A four-piece hard rock outfit with a post-punk flavor, they are heavy, yet maintain a melodic quality. While they have much to learn, they held the audience’s attention, and that is no small feat when competing with four other bands. To me, they rose above the others, and are one of our cities newest gems.

Overall, this was a night of hot, heavy music. Tear Out the Heart were fierce, and we will be hearing much more from them. All it would take is a great package tour, like Warped Tour, to break these guys through to the metal-core mainstream (the band were booked on last year’s Warped Tour, but had to bow out due to their recording schedule for the new CD). Once that happens, the only way for this band is up. | Marc Farr


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