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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