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HEAVYDEATH
HEAVYDEATH
They Had No Names
(Caligari Records)
27:54min

Anybody who ever heard a song from HEAVYDEATH knows that their name is like a program. Chances that some of you heard them are good anyway, since nearly all their stuff can be streamed on their bandcamp page. And their “Demo IV - Forebear Avenger”, released through Caligari Records as well, received covering on this site by yours truly some weeks ago. Here we have another fine HEAVYDEATH release from Mr. Caligari, the master of gem hunting. “They Had No Names” combines the band's follow-up demos, confusingly numbered as VI and VII - where is number V? But that's bean counting... Let's focus on the four songs on “They Had No Names”. And as I already mentioned, this is fine stuff again. The opening 'A Condemned Path Towards Nothing' starts off in a dark SAINT VITUS vein, just even heavier and more tuned down. A floating groove captivates the listener before the song enters the realms of darkness in the grande finale. Track two is the rather long title track, a quite trippy ride through the fields of doom, yet heavy as fuck. In the end, this one nods towards the mighty VITUS again. The 'Phase Collapse' is spiced with a little more upspeed parts, garnished with vocals that come along even sicker in those faster parts. I mean, it's still not really fast, just in comparison to the usual slowness of HEAVYDEATH. 'Aftermath Crescendo' finishes up this tape in a great manner. Somehow it sounds like a sick instrumental variation of themes of the first songs. Anyway, despite the fact that “They Had No Names” is the seventh (!) release of HEAVYDEATH this year, the band and their sound show no signs of wear and tear. Instead, this one is maybe the best HEAVYDEATH has recorded to date. So, I hope that their upcoming debut album on Svart Records will be real great! Until that day, use the chance to find out more about them. Asides from the bandcamp link, you can visit the band at www.facebook.com/heavydeathofficial or www.heavydeath.com. And you need to visit the label, of course, to get this strictly limited and as usual very well made tape: www.caligarirecords.com, www.facebook.com/caligarirecords

Thomas Meyer

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