Hungry Hearts is a band comprised of Miguel (vocals), Mani Beltran (guitar), Ozzy (guitar), Sleazy D (bass) and Chesley aka Pachuco (drums) that recently released their debut Curses. The band is so hard to classify because the album is so scattered with different genres. I never listened to an album in recent memory that started with such a distinct style that morphs into something completely different.
The album opens with “Crossing Lines & Burning Bridges” which you could fit into the category of death metal. It’s an intense song with blood curdling demonic singing and other styles as well. I was reminded of Linkin Park, System of a Down The Blood Brothers and a couple different death metal bands. The technical ability of the band is sick and I thought this style fit them. That's why I was quite surprised how things changed going forward.
Stylistic changes start to happen on the very next song. The death metal singing is completely gone and the vocalist is a number of ways is more aligned with pop punk. Musically, the music is heavy but not nearly as heavy and intense as the first track.
By the time the third song “Give Me Up (Love Crimes) arrives it starts to sound like a completely different band. The songs are more commercially viable, and are largely electronic and pop. The band starts to present a clear viable pop sound with “On My Way” and “You Know I Care.” “Hungry Hearts (Waves)” contains electronic drums that hit hard and could be in a hip-hop or R&B song. They close with “Live Fast Die Last” which reverts to the style on the opener.
Curses is all over the place stylistically and there is no denying that. At the end of the day most of their styles are not on the fringe of music and could see radio play. I’m not sure how the band will follow up a release like this but I would like to hear a more cohesive sound in the future that gives me a better idea of the band's signature sound. That being said the individual songs are solid and I think it will come down to preference on which ones you will like.
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