Thing of the Day
NEW HEAVY SOUNDS...
December 6th 2010
NEW HEAVY SOUNDS Vol. 1 – A compilation CD from the people behind the London based club, celebrating one year of putting gigs on and a rather exciting scene and loose collective of bands, people, zines, labels.
What you have here is seventy-four minutes and not one of them wasted, if you want a statement then here it is. Statement? Indeed yes, this is the definite statement in terms of the creatively good forward thrusting heavy music scene in the UK right now, this is indeed the shit. Seventy-four righteous minutes of heavy rock, driving prog flavoured adventure, imaginative metal and bands who like things on the harder side of musical life. There’s very few moments that drop below the standard (most of these bands have been enjoying healthy Organ coverage, airplay and such). Let’s let the New Heavy Sounds team tell us the score….
“A first introduction, and yet complete collection of bands representing the harder, heavier, more abrasive end of the indie scene. Not metal bands but bands with gutsy guitar riffs to appeal to the Metal, Doom, and Hardcore fraternities who find themselves looking for something new. Likewise, bands accessible enough for the indie kid looking for a step towards a more solid, hard-rocking scene. The bands featured are all making their names on the live circuit and were drawn primarily from those playing shows at our regular New Heavy Sounds Club Nights in London over the last 12 months”.
This is a fine fine compilation, and an excellent way to conveniently check out a whole flavour of what, over the last couple of years, has evolved in to a rather exciting scene. The album works as one great whole, well compiled, and easy to flow with – just throw it on, turn it up and you’ll find yourself continually grabbing the cover to see who just fired that riff at you, or who that was then. This isn’t the time and place to be picking out individual bands, this is about the power of a highly recommended compilation and the scene that really should be celebrating itself right now – although we will say a lot of these bands are a lot closer to the original vision of heavy rock and proto metal than they might think, a bit of early Judas Priest or a touch of 70’s Blue Oyster Cult wouldn't be out of place in the middle of the album. And the good thing here is that an equally strong VOL 2 could easily be pulled together.
Exciting musical times for those who like things a little heavy and a little less conservative that things have been in the traditional worlds of heavy metal in recent times. Of course collections of bands like this have always been around, back a few years and it was Scissormen, Homage Freaks and such, bands like these have always been filling London venues and taking the roads in their battered Transit vans, once in a while someone needs to come along and pull it all together, document it and serve it up to the new ears and fresh minds out there – New Heavy Sounds have done just that, and done it in style.
The album is a very reasonably priced, you can find it for £3.99
CHICKENHAWK - Son of Cern
TURBOWOLF - The Big Cut
PULLED APART BY HORSES - 'E=MC Hammer'
CASTROVALVA - Triceratops
ROLO TOMASSI - Unromance
THESE MONSTERS - Harry Patton
MUGSTAR - Technical Knowledge as a Weapon
BO NINGEN - Maguro
BAD FOR LAZARUS - Fix My Fidget
GODZILLA BLACK - The Drought
XM-3A - Wolves
HOLY STATE - Palms
KONG - Sport
BUFFALO - Flash of a Photograph
BAD GUYS - Alcowhore
INVASION - In The Midst of Madness
WE ROCK LIKE GIRLS DON’T - Violence
STRANGE NEWS FROM ANOTHER - There Goes My Ghost
BLACKLISTERS - Belt Party
Find out more about the compilation and forthcoming events via
There’s a launch party at the Macbeth in London, tomorrow night, December 7th.