Darkheave - _No Life 'til Pedro_
by: Gino Filicetti (not rated)
This demo comes to us from local Toronto band on the rise, Darkheave (see story this issue). The first thing I was told by the band was to listen to this recording with an open mind, seeing as it was recorded on a four-track mixer in their basement for a grand total of $20. However, I thought that the mix was amazing considering the tracks are almost completely live. I can hear a strong Metallica influence in this band, but they are far from some kind of cheesy clone band. Darkheave also incorporate elements of death metal to achieve a sound that is technical, while maintaining an element of groove that prevents them from becoming stagnant. Of the four tracks on this demo, the most interesting is 'Innocence Lost' which opens with a soft melodically sung verse, and then builds to a peak of punishing brutality. One thing that detracts from the quality of this demo is the vocals which just don't seem to fit very well with the music. However, the music more than makes up for any vocal inadequacy. All in all a pretty solid demo considering its production cost. I'm curious to see what this band is capable of in a full-fledged studio.

Contact: Darkheave, c/o Matt Smith, 131 Beecroft Rd. #801

(article published 2/9/1995)

10/11/1996 A Bromley 3 Darkheave - Beauty, Truth, Goodness
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