Heartbeat by Mark Winters: Review
The rocket scientist indie rocker Mark Winter continues to combine his optimism and positive attitude toward life with equally positive lyrics and rocking guitar jams to create inspiring tunes. From his sophomore album Boundary Layer, he makes our hearts rush with a high-energy adrenaline pumping song, Heartbeat.
Following the opening title track of the album, the song turns it up a notch and keeps pushing the boundaries with fast faced heavy hitting drums and heavy guitar riffs. The vocal parts on the verses have a machinelike quality that may remind some of the classic Black Sabbath tune Iron Man. The rigidity of the adamant vocals perfectly complimented the accompanying face-paced drums and the heavy guitar riff. Mark Winter brilliantly balances it out with his bright guitar strums. As the verse reaches its end, he makes the transition to his more organic singing with an awesome guitar lick that bridges the verse and the chorus.
The chorus is where we hear the classic Mark Winter vocals while the epic drums and guitars break down in the background. The song despite being only two and a half minutes long doesn’t really hold back. It has an unconventional verse-chorus-bridge-chorus structure that was a decent surprise when the bridge started where I was expecting a second verse. This goes to show the brilliance of Mark Winters as a songwriter. In just two and a half mutes, this song packs a lot of punch with its energetic instrumentals and positive lyrics.
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Photo credits: Myke Toman
Review by: Gabe Finch