It’s often said of movies that the sequel is never as good as the original. This same adage is one that could just as easily be used in the case of so many musical acts’ catalogues. It’s especially the case with the debut 1996 release from Canadian Prog-metal band, Heaven’s Cry. The band’s debut album, Food For Thought Substitute, is the band’s most solid albums to date, if not its most solid for fans of the darker side of Prog-rock. This album bears blatant similarity to another harder edged prog-metal band in the form of Seattle, Washington’s own Nevermore throughout the course of its ten tracks. Nowhere does the band emulate Nevermore’s sound more than in the album’s first two tracks, ‘Your God’s Crime’ and ‘Out of Me.’ Front man Pierre St-Jean sounds nearly identical to Nevermore front man Warrel Dane on both of these songs. And thanks to the album’s impressive production and mixing, the guitars and drums add to that similarity of sound, making for a solid opening to this album.
Food For Thought Substitute opens solidly enough with its first pairing of songs. From there, it continues to impress as it presents a band building on its influence, and making a sound all its own. Eventually the album peaks as it reaches the heights of ‘Gaia’s Judgment.’ Any hardcore fan of fellow prog-metal titan, Dream Theater will instantly hear the similarity to the NY based band, both in the song’s musicality and again from St-Jean’s vocal talents. This is without a doubt, one of the highest of points on HC’s debut record. And if the band’s sound on these songs isn’t enough, then look no further than the album’s penultimate piece, ‘Passage’ for quite the experience. After all the heaviness of the album’s previous songs, this three-minute plus instrumental is a peaceful escape that will allow listeners to catch their breath before the band launches into the album’s upbeat closer, ‘Wings.’ After all the seeming darkness and foreboding of the majority of this album, ‘Wings’ makes for a fitting ending, leaving listeners with a more positive feeling than that with which they came into the album.
Food For Thought Substitute will be released alongside the second of HC’s albums, Primal Power Addiction both in a dual disc set and as a standalone on Tuesday, January 8th. It will be available both in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct via the Prosthetic Records online store at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/17421. While the band has no official tour dates right now, fans can always go to the band’s official website and Facebook page at http://www.heavenscry.com and http://www.facebook.com/heavenscry to find out when the band will hit the road next and to get all the latest news and more from the band.
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