Monday, September 24, 2012

Review of "Wheels of Impermanence" by Heaven’s Cry

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1. Empire’s Doll
2. Realigning
3. The Hollow
4. Wheels of Impermanence
5. The Healing
6. Compass
7. The Mad Machine
8. Consequence
9. Catalyse
10. A Glimpse of Hope

“Heaven’s Cry was formed in the beginning of the 90′s as a progressive rock band with a metal tangent. From a French part of Canada in the city of Montreal, Pierre St-Jean(vocals, guitars) and Sylvain Auclair(vocals, bass) decided to join their efforts, building a dual voice oriented band. Both had played clubs in several bands before HC and had various experiences in songwriting. The time had come to get on track with a serious project that would reflect their aspirations in a proper way. The band has been performing live for a while in front of considerable crowds, opening for bands like Marillion and Saga. In 1995, the band signed with a Canadian label (Hypnotic Records) and recorded their first album called “Food For Thought Substitute” in 1996. The album was released in Japan the same year and earned 13th metal album of the year in the reputed “Burrn! Magazine”. It was released in Europe and Canada the following year. In 1997, most important European magazines finally got their hands on the album. Reviews were more than flattering for HC, voted album of the month in Germany, Italy, Holland, Czech Republic and many more. After some changes in the band line-up, René Lacharité(drums) and Eric Jarrin(guitar) joined the band in late 2000. “Primal Power Addiction” was released in Europe in October 2002 on the reputed Dutch label, DVS Records. The feedback has been enormous. They travelled to Europe to be part of the “ProgPower Festival” in The Netherlands followed by a tour supporting “Threshold” in Belgium, Germany and Denmark. The album was released in North America in March 2003 and the band performed in Canada in support for bands like Anvil, Planet X, Arena and Nightwish throughout 2004. After a seven-year hiatus, the band decided it was time to reform to offer brand new music to their loyal fans that kept on supporting them while the members were busy crafting their art under other musical projects. The band performed for the occasion at the legendary Montreal club, Les Foufounes Electriques, on September 18th 2011 as support act for Swedish band, Katatonia. The re-formed band includes Pierre St-Jean, Sylvain Auclair, Eric Jarrin and René Lacharité and is scheduled to release their third album in the fall of 2012 through Prosthetic Records. The future will bring much more for Heaven’s Cry, as they could not be more present with their lyrics and music, through these troubled times of change.”

To open off the album we get a mellow introduction with atmospheric keys and lead guitar with “Empire’s Doll.” The vocals are clean but they sound great. They have really progressive feel to them which is a nice change from the stuff I’ve listened to as of late. The guitars are really catchy on “Realigning” and the vocals are nicely done. The organ half way through added to the epic sound. “The Hollow” has incredible lead guitar and piano. This track had its heavy and mellow parts which mixed well. The solo three quarters of the way was a nice touch.

The first bit of the title track, “Wheels of Impermanence,” with the keys and guitar was very amazing. It’s a very mellow track with perfect vocals as well as guitars. The heavy bits in “The Healing” are really great sounding and the mellow bits have a nice groove and atmospheric feel to them. Accompanying backing vocals just added to the already impressive vocals. There is a really great bit about three quarters the way through. The bass sticks out in “Compass” song and sounds really awesome especially at the points the piano played along. The solo was really long and sounded cool playing along with the vocals.

“The Mad Machine” is another really great track for bass. This track has a groove incomparable to anything I’ve heard in a while. The lead was great and keyboard solo half way through was awesome, with its darting between left and right head phones. The guitar solo after was as well. The progressiveness really shine through on “Consequence.” I really like the vocals, switching between clean and a little bit of a scream kept it interesting. The saxophone and guitar solos were really good. I have no idea where the saxophone was hiding for seven tracks but please bring more!

Next is “Catalyse,” a very mellow track but the guitars and bass stay really amazing. The vocals and everything about this track is very relaxing. It is so relaxing I left reviewing mode and chilled out for half of it. The last track is “A Glimpse of Hope,” with a mix between heavy and mellow. It was a really nice way to end and was a really good instrumental.

This album was one of the best I have heard in a while. The guitars and keyboard were always great and the vocals were perfect. My favourite tracks were “Compass,” “The Mad Machine”, and “Consequence.” This is a must buy for progressive listeners for sure!

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