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.