Stitched Up Heart is an American rock band known for their powerful and emotionally charged music. Formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2010, the band has captivated audiences around the world with their unique blend of hard rock, alternative metal, and industrial influences. Led by the talented and charismatic vocalist Alecia “Mixi” Demner, Stitched Up Heart has gained recognition for their intense live performances and deeply personal songwriting.
Mixi began assembling a lineup of musicians who shared her passion, dedication, and vision. Solidifying the core members:
Mixi Demner on vocals,
James Decker on drums,
Merritt Goodwin on guitar,
Randy Mathias on bass.
Signed with Century Media Records, they released their album titled “Never Alone,” which debuted in the Top 10 of both the Billboard Heatseeker and Hard Rock charts. With their single “Finally Free” organically gaining hyper rotation on active rock radio, the band paved the way to success for the next two singles “Monster” and “Catch Me When I Fall”.
With a growing fan base and relentless determination, Stitched Up Heart has toured extensively, touring with renowned acts like Godsmack, Halestorm, and In This Moment. Their live performances are known for their high energy, infectious hooks, and Mixi’s captivating stage presence, leaving audiences mesmerised and craving more.
And here is the review for the new 2023 album, released on September 1st.
- “To the Wolves,”
“I am not afraid, to show you my teeth…”
Introduces us to the world of Stitched Up Heart, huge ramped up drum sound, soring chorus vocals, and kick ass attitude. Welcome to the show!
Follows in the same vein,
“I’m feeling like the thunder,
Conjuring the rain…”
It retains the sweeping, melodic chorus style that Stitched Up Heart delivers so well. It’s a pounding rhythmic sound and another blast of a track.
- “The Hunting,”
Brings in a more techno metal sound, with vocals building up to the riffs that tear their way through the sonic sphere.
- “Possess Me,”
“I want more,
Come and get me…”
This is another track that mixes growling vocal attack with softness and these guitar riffs that rip the speakers apart. It’s not a favourite of mine from the album, but it certainly demands attention!
This track takes the album further to the dark side of metal, driving the sound like the hammer to the nail. The vocals are firing bullets, the band delivering an act of war with the drum as the main weapon of assault.
- “Taste for Blood,”
“Want you to suck me,
Like a vampire…”
This track returns to a more melodic feel, a slightly higer pitch for the vocals, but continues with a darkness in the guitar sound and a thunder in the bass.
- “Conquer and Divide,”
Like bottled rage, this one seeps through the speakers with a discord and more than a dose of punk in that metal mix. It was an interesting track and the little switches of sound and volume made it full of light and shade.
- “Dead Inside,”
This one slows things down a bit, retaining the inner bite of lament in the lyrics and burns those bass and drum sounds into the atmosphere.
- “The Architect,”
“No, no, You’ll never take me alive,
No, no, This is where I survive…”
I liked this one, plenty of that acidic punk sound blended with the metal and a chorus to fire the guns to. A good one, they don’t take this reviewer alive either!
- “Part of Me,”
A pounding rhythmic number, a decent dose of horror metal with a beat that you would see them loving in the mosh pit. Solid!
- “The End,”
And here we are at the end. It finishes with a techno industrial sound that screams the pain of the end.
In summary, as Dracula once said, “Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make.” Stitched Up Heart lie at the cutting edge of melodic hard metal/punk, and the music they make here is enough to please the growing number of fans who run with the wolves and howl at the moon.
Standout tracks: “To the Wolves” and “Thunder.”
Produced and Mixed by Mitchell Marlow of Cuddle Death Studios, Nashville, TN
By Stevie Ritson
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