Review: The Heat – 7¨

4119685097-1Bluesy psychedelic rock straight from the Netherlands. Conjuring a sense of times past and introducing new but functioning blues into the mix in the first track “Troubled“, together with the singer that delivers a strike with his voice each time he sings. The absolute graciousness of the riffing is a central part of the sound-scape and also forms a melody which is part catchy and part doused in psychedelic forms. The sheer musical outfit of this track is hell bent on covering all these important things in a longer row. If I ever needed an example on Netherlanders that can rock it out, this would be a prime example, just listening to the song at hand. Even though there are certain rock overtones, I believe the psychedelia takes over at times and that the blues is even stronger.

Whilst the next track “In My Mind” delves deeper into the psychedelia of yesteryear’s, the overall quality of the music sprouting out into my ears is flabbergasting. A melodic chant of luminescence, which just spreads itself out all over my face, as I lighten up and dance with my feet to the beat. Even though this kind of music isn’t my slice of the cake, I still take a huge bite out of it. There’s a lot of great energy in the song as well, which will keep you on your feet whilst listening through it all and just when I thought of it, the riffing almost bursts into a solo. It’s just what a rock track should be and it also has the right length for it, since you never get tired of it and repeat it over and over again.

Now when we’re down on the track “Like You In The Evening“, there’s also a harmonica entering the mix. Flavoring it with the sweet taste of Americana. Not that it was the essential thing to make it down that road, but I think it added a little bit to that purpose. The sound-scape seems a little bit too dampened, as it blocks out the sound of both guitars and the harmonica when they’re playing together. But I guess that’s just an essential thing, as the harmonica comes back into the picture without it being low-sounding, when the singer bursts into his signature song. This is a little bit too much of nostalgia anyway, but I believe that the fresh sound-scape really points out some great improvements when it comes to finding their own sound. I feel like there’s a lot of resemblance between this and the old-school of rock and blues, but it sure takes on a whole other outfit when in the hands of The Heat.

The last track “Into The Mountain” confine the whole experience into a tiny little box, ready to be unpacked and released. It might not be the best song on the 7¨ as a whole, but it adds a little bit of extra steam to that psychedelic sound all together. Which I fancy a lot actually, since it refines the sound-scape and makes it more dreamy than a repetitive stale blues-piece. The rhythm is absolutely fantastic and so is the tempo of the song in general, as is the singer’s voice when he escalates it into the “fuzz box“. Afterwards, the whole things let on some fire and lights the whole place up with the chugging riffs and the completely out of hand drumming. To conclude this, I must say that this 7¨ is a very good representation of the band as a whole and definitely something you should check out, at least if you’re interested in bluesy psychedelic rock, if you catch my drift!

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