Heavy Honey – Crushing Symphony

Heavy Honey
Crushing Symphony
Released 16th May 2014
Hard Rock
Released via Dust On The Tracks Records

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‘Crushing Symphony’ is the debut album from Las Vegas based, American hard rock band Heavy Honey. It was recorded, mixed and mastered at the Hideout Studio by Kane Churko, son of the producer Kevin Churko and winner of the 2013 Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammys) for ‘Engineer of the Year’. The band cite Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots and Led Zeppelin amongst their influences.

First up is Soul Selling (Mr. Kane mix) which starts off with a slow guitar building up the pace gradually before the heavier guitar riffs kick in and singer London’s alluring, passionate vocals take over. The chorus is definitely a catchy one and it even got me swaying along to the music. If I Had You Back features elements of sleaze rock in the vocal style along with some hard rock style guitar tunes.

Another song that caught my attention is Death Delay Club. It features some bizarre laughter and sinister voice samples at the start, followed by more catchy guitar riffs along with sleazy rock vocals, whispers and even the odd guitar solo thrown into the mix. Then there’s Play In Dark and My Hate which reminds of Alice Cooper for some reason, mostly due to the vocals and the prolonged, eerie sounding chorus. The latter is one of the most memorable songs on the album. My Fu Smile is just one of those ultra-catchy rock tracks that will have you dancing around and most likely attempting some air-guitar moves at the bar, in your living room or wherever you happen to be when you hear it. It’s exactly not your stadium filling epic power ballad but it’s highly energetic and just pure fun to listen to.

Overall this is a very good debut album from a promising rock band. They are clearly skilled musicians and their singer’s passion and enthusiasm transfers directly into the songs.

4/5

Iza Raittila

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