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Heaven Below - EP

I love it when I find a new group, that embraces the heart and soul of 80's hard rock, and makes it sound fresh.  My latest find, is a band called Heaven Below, and they have a new EP that kicks ass.  HB has an 80's hard rock sound mixed with a cool heavy modern edge to it.  The EP kicks off with the track Dying Vicariously which is a mid tempo rocker that has more of a modern vibe to it.  This is a cool track but it wasn't until the 2nd track When Daylight Dies, that I started to get hooked.   The track starts off slow but then picks up after the chorus.  The song is fueled by a cool riff and a stand up and shout type chorus. 

I dig this band because they mix it up abit.  The EP gives you a true taste of what these guys can do.  A nice mixture of rockers and ballads.  The EP contains a couple of cool covers as well: Heartbreaker (Pat Benatar) and Twilight Zone (Golden Earing).

The format of this release is interesting because it contains 6 tracks that are listed, plus 4 bonus (MP3) tracks.  Interesting that they chose this format, because had they included all of the tracks as standard audio, then they would have had a full CD.  The CD also includes 4 videos as well.  A solid EP that will get you craving a full release. 

Bottom Line: New Schoolers kicking it old school.  Good solid hard rock that hearkens back to the day, without sounding dated.

Standout Tracks: When Daylight Dies, King of Nothing, Twilight Zone and Above the Satellites

Ragman is rocking it new school.

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