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Every sucker for vintage, vaguely doomy Hard Rock should listen to Heat's debut.

This is maybe a side-effect of the global crisis the world, in this year of 2012, is going through, but everyone can witness it - the amount of new bands playing a kind of 70's-inspired vintage Rock is always increasing: this is a flood! They're coming from everywhere and pretty much every month brings new proto-doomy tunes. In uncertain times, grannies' recipes become most popular. Nostalgia is reassuring: you don't have to look to a dubious, threatening future anymore. As it was before: we know it, and we love it! 'cause it was a lot cooler! It is also safer to use proven recipes: you only have to turn the pages of the Great Music Book that compiles the best the 70's have ever produced: all lies there, take what you want.

And so the doomy Hard Rock flame stays strong, thanks to the nostalgic attachment of many bands throughout the world to these old dusty sounds. Heat is a new band from Germany (some of its members come from Samsara Blues Experiment, another one of these new-proto-doom outfits I'm talking about). Heat's music bears all the expected features of that peculiar kind of Bluesy Stoner Rock. They have made Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Cream and Led Zeppelin the eternal idols of a sanctuary which they lovingly look after, carrying on their legacy with the joy of a kid who has been allowed to play with daddy's tools.

As much as I find the concept of "sincerity" that is often debated in music fan circles too vague to be indicative of a band's worth, you can clearly hear the unmistakable joy and fun in playing: Heat is full of joyful grooves, catchy riffs, nasal Ozzy-like vocals, hectic pulsating bass lines in a word: if you don't like 70's Hard Rock, if you're allergic to vintage psychedelism, stay far away from this first album of Heat. Really, there's hardly one original chord progression in these songs, and every note has gone through the 70's Rock sieve: they gathered what came out of it and composed an album. On the contrary, if you are a sucker for that kind of music, go blindly listen to that debut, it's definitely very well crafted. The question is: will Heat be another Black Sabbath - Pentagram - Cream - Led Zeppelin? Will they be remembered in 40 years from now as a band that built something worthy of remembrance, will they be another idol in the shrine? Right now, the answer is obviously no.

Heat's Rock is heavier and darker in a way than some of their co-religionists like Witchcraft or Kadavar. If I had to make a comparison, I'd cite The Graviators as one of their closer modern contenders - on a side note, The Graviators' singer could be Heat's one, as they sound so similar. That extra heaviness, that is something I have to give them credit for. There is punch in their Blues and that overall vitality makes the listen very enjoyable: to me, who isn't that keen on vintage Rock, it's some dust swept out of the old worn-out cooking book and a swift look to our modernity.

Note: This self-titled debut seems to be often referred to as 'Old Sparky', from the title of one of the tracks.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
5.Old Sparky
6.Ending Aging

Duration : Approx. 46 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-12-02 by Bertrand Marchal
No God Only Pain
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