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Vanna - The Honest Hearts

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Vanna - The Honest Hearts
Record Label: Artery Recordings
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Vanna is one of those bands that is consistently releasing superb material but they always seem to fly under the radar. Their new EP The Honest Hearts will hopefully bring them some much deserved attention.

Recently Vanna's front man from their previous two releases, Curses and A New Hope, Chris Preece has left the band. Vanna listeners have come to know his voice as a major part of the band but in every dark cloud there is a silver lining. Preece's replacement is Davey Muise (formerly of Seeker Destroyer) and he is a welcome addition to the band. He may sound different then Preece but he can shred his vocal chords with the best of them.

The album kicks off with the bouncy intro of "Lost and Bound". The song is a real showcase for Vanna. The new screams of Davey and the clean vocals of Evan Pharmakis really compliment each other well. Absolutely no complaints on this one.

The second track on the EP is "Sending Vessels". The beginning is very heavy and melodic. The song some interesting guitar work that shows throughout the song. Near the end of the song Davey unleashes some high screeches which is a change from the screams and growls. The chant at the end of the song is very haunting, "So send this vessel out to sea, I'm not the ship I used to be".

The last new song on the album is "Passerby". There is more singing on this song then on the previous two but it still sounds great. The song is great and it goes to show that even with Davey in the band they haven't stopped their excellent song writing.

The final two songs on the EP are rerecorded versions of two older songs by the names of "Dead Language" (formerly "A Dead Language For A Dying Lady") and "Trashmouth". "Dead Language" sounds like its been polished up and sounds more intense, the new version is awesome. I can only assume they rerecorded "Trashmouth" to show how Davey would sound on material from A New Hope, but the song sounds great with his vocals on it as well.

Overall this EP is a great teaser as to what we can expect from Vanna in future endeavors. This EP was one of my favorite releases of the year so I can wholeheartedly recommend you check it out.

Tracklisting1. Lost and Bound
2. Sending Vessels
3. Passerby
4. Dead Language
5. Trashmouth

Vanna isDavey Muise lead vocals
Nicholas Lambert guitar
Evan Pharmakis guitar, clean vocals
Shawn Marquis bass
Chris Campbell drums

Recommended If You LikeTherefore I Am, Our Last Night, Lions Lions, Gwen Stacy, Armor For The Broken


www.myspace.com/vanna
This review is a user submitted review from ShipwreckHeart. You can see all of ShipwreckHeart's submitted reviews here.
 
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11:26 PM on 11/13/10
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Well that's a high score.
06:08 AM on 11/14/10
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I honestly love this ep. It is one of my favorite releases of the year, hands down. The Upsides (the wonder years), The Honest Hearts (vanna), Thank Me Later (drake), Man on The Moon 2 (kid cudi) and a couple other releases are definitely top albums this year for me.
08:48 AM on 11/14/10
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I honestly love this ep. It is one of my favorite releases of the year, hands down. The Upsides (the wonder years), The Honest Hearts (vanna), Thank Me Later (drake), Man on The Moon 2 (kid cudi) and a couple other releases are definitely top albums this year for me.
Just be prepared to get bashed.
09:02 AM on 11/14/10
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gonna have to get this soon
09:10 AM on 11/14/10
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8.25 creativity? Elaborate por favor.
11:15 AM on 11/14/10
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8.25 creativity? Elaborate por favor.
I mean I'm still getting used to the ratings system so granted it was a little high of a score.
11:17 AM on 11/14/10
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Just be prepared to get bashed.
thanks for the heads up
11:21 AM on 11/14/10
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I mean I'm still getting used to the ratings system so granted it was a little high of a score.
What would you really give it? I want honesty when I read reviews on this website.
11:35 AM on 11/14/10
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What would you really give it? I want honesty when I read reviews on this website.
I changed it to what I would give it.
12:17 PM on 11/14/10
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I'm almost offended by how poorly this review is written.
04:28 PM on 11/14/10
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I like this release too but gah, definitely isn't that good
06:01 AM on 11/15/10
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ill give this a listen, but Vanna have yet to put out anything that isn't mediocre.
09:47 AM on 11/15/10
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I really dig this EP. Davey > Chris.
10:00 AM on 11/15/10
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sending vessels has got to be my favourite off the ep, although i wasn't too impressed by the rest. curses is still their tops for me.

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