Heaven’s Cry Re-Issue Shows Band’s Versatility, Influences

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Canadian Prog-metal act Heaven’s Cry will issue two of its classic albums next Tuesday, January 8th.  The first of the pair is the band’s 2003 album, Primal Power AddictionPrimal Power Addiction opens solidly with a rather Prong style piece in the song, ‘Komma.’  Vocalist/guitarist Pierre St-Jean even sounds eerily like Prong front man Tommy Victor in this song as a result of the song’s mixing.  The song’s somewhat cryptic lyrics aside, what really stands out in this song is the precision of the band’s musicianship.  Drummer Rene Lacharite’s timing is spot on.  His ability to keep time while maintaining such polyrhythmic patterns more than shows his talent.  And the control of the guitars both during the heavier and more subdued sections of the song give it even more flare.

As impressive as ‘Komma’ is, it Primal Power Addiction offers plenty more for fans of Heaven’s Cry.  Fans will also appreciate and enjoy the band’s cover of the classic Midnight Oil tune, ‘Beds are Burning.’  Even turned into a prog-rock style piece, it still holds up to the original.  For that matter, it might even be a little better than Midnight Oil’s take on the song from its 1987 album, Dust and Diesel.  It has the same kick as the original.  But what it does here is it gives the song an extra little spice, updating it for a whole new generation.  For that, Heaven’s Cry should be proud of their cover of this rock classic.  And it makes for a fitting end to the musical journey on which listeners embark with this album.

The band’s cover of ‘Beds are Burning’ is impressive to say the least.  It shows just one of the band’s influences.  It also profiles for a moment, the band’s versatility.  Though by the time listeners get through this re-issue, they will have already seen just how versatile the band is.  Whereas the band started off with a rather Prong style work, other pieces such as ‘One of Twenty-Four’, ‘Divisions’, and ‘Waves’ seem to show influences the likes of Alice in Chains, Dream Theater, and even Nevermore.  St-Jean’s vocals greatly resemble that of Nevermore front man Warrel Dane in both ‘One of twenty-Four’ and ‘Waves.’  And the influences of the aforementioned bands are evident throughout each opus.  They, along with this album’s other tracks make for an album that any fan of the prog-metal genre will enjoy increasingly with each listen.  Primal Power Addiction will be available in stores and online next Tuesday, January 8th.  It can be ordered direct online via the Prosthetic Records store, http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/17422

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Heaven’s Cry As Strong As Ever After Seven Year Break

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Heaven’s Cry is one of the best kept secrets of the prog-metal universe.  This Canadian prog-metal four-piece’s third record is obviously a far cry from the band’s previous par of albums.  Unlike those albums, this one seems to lean more towards the heavier end of prog-rock, whereas the others had more of a Fates Warning vibe.  The album’s opener, ‘Empire’s Doll’ can best be described as being somewhat similar to material from the likes of Nevermore and Evergrey.  Front man Pierre St. John’s vocals are very similar to that of Nevermore’s Warrel Dane.  The guitar work of Eric Jarrin (and the additional keyboard parts) adds that extra touch that makes it similar to said bands.  ‘Empire’s Doll’ is followed up by another very intriguing song in ‘Realigning.’  At one point, it sounds like something similar to Megadeth.  But then at others, it seems to conjure thoughts of classic prog rock with its guitars and keyboard.  Somehow that mix works, making for a balance that will keep audiences listening through the entire song.  Again, guitarist Eric Jarrin shines on this track.  And the drumming of Rene Lacharite keeps the energy flowing throughout the song. 

The album’s first two tracks are impressive in their own right.  But if there’s one song that really defines “Wheels of Impermanence”, it’s ‘The Hollow.’  This song is pure prog metal at its finest.  Every element of this song is perfectly balanced.  One listen through this song proves that it will undoubtedly become a fan favorite both on the album and performed live.  It’s just one of the album’s ten total tracks that make it a solid work from start to finish for any prog-metal fan.  Any one of the songs on this album could potentially be used as a single at one point or another.

The band has a big show coming up for all of its European fans next month.  It will be performing at the annual Prog Power Europe Festival Friday, October 5th in the Netherlands.  Fans can get full information on the band’s performance and all the latest news from the band online at http://www.heavenscry.com, http://www.facebook.com/heavenscry, http://www.myspace.com/heavenscryband, and http://www.youtube.com/user/heavenscryband.

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