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HEARTSCORE

Crossover Prog • Germany


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Some bands are hard to describe, such as this weird German art rock trio, for example. HARDSCORE is basically the project of guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Dirk Radloff. Vocalist Olivier Hartstack contributes some operatic backing vocals on their first album whereas drummer Tim Warweg and piano/trumpet player Stefan Platte joins them on their second album. The music of HEARTSCORE is somewhat reminiscent of GENTLE GIANT but with guitar licks la Jimmy Page and strange vocals similar to Peter Hammill's; some shrill, shaky vocals bordering on hysteria at times.

Their mostly guitar-dominated albums are very riffy, supported by simple bass and drum play, and the straightforward compositions border on hard rock. The lyrics, taken from various North American poets of the 19th and early 20th centuries, coupled with Radloff's dramatic, deliberately pronounced vocals add up to something weird yet not unpleasant. However, none of the band's two albums are very challenging musically speaking. Because there isn't much variety from track to track, a feeling of sameness starts to creep in as the albums progress. As a critic once wrote, "it's almost as if Radloff had used up all his energy on the unique concept and run out of further ideas". Well put.

If the idea of early-century American poetry sung over LED ZEPPELIN-like guitar riffs appeals to you, perhaps you'll get a kick or two out of HEARTSCORE.

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Touch MeTouch Me
2009
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SculpturesSculptures
CD Baby 2007
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Many DirectionsMany Directions
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Straight to the BrainStraight to the Brain
CD Baby 2005
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Sculptures
2003
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Straight To The Brain
2004
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Many Directions
2007
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Touch Me
2009

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 Touch Me by HEARTSCORE album cover Studio Album, 2009
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Touch Me
Heartscore Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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— First review of this album —
2 stars German outfit HEARTSCORE is first and foremost the creative vehicle of one Dirk Radloff, a composer and multi-instrumentalist who started releasing his compositions on CD back in 2003. "Touch Me" is the most recent of his exploits, following two years after his previous production "Many Directions".

There's not much material to appeal to a progressive rock interested audience on "Touch Me"; pop music and mainstream-oriented compositions are very much the order of the day. And in that particular context, if you find that you truly like Radloff's peculiar vocal style I can heartily recommend this album; if you don't you will be well-advised to stay away.

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 Many Directions by HEARTSCORE album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Heartscore Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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— First review of this album —
2 stars On the third release by German based project Heartscore, there are some interesting experiments; but also quite a few that are slightly flawed.

Most of the tunes are metal-influenced tunes, most times dominated by asynchron or quirky guitar riffs and/or rhythms; creating slightly original moods and melodies. Some tunes have other influences though; and the most successful tune on the album, the 10 minute long final composition The Miller's Wife, is one of those. A symphonic number with folk and classical influences, it's the clear highlight here.

The main weakness n this release are the vocals; both style and performance tends to be a mismatch with the melody much too often. Fans of quirky and experimental music might have an interest in this one though, especially those feeling that vocal performance is of secondary importance.

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