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HEAVEN'S FIRE
THE OUTSIDE

FRONTIERS RECORDS FRCD 059
Produced by: Mike Dmitrovic

Released: OUT NOW / Website
GENRE: Hard Rock
OVERALL: 50%

  1. Beyond
  2. Future's Waiting
  3. Can You Believe
  4. The Outside
  5. Skitzo
  6. Tommy
  7. Mirror
  8. Long Way
  9. Now's The Time
  10. Tears

Heaven's Fire are a little harder to pigeonhole than many other artists. That probably is a good thing, but it also makes my job of describing them to you a little harder.
To be honest, this album doesn't do it for me a whole heap.
It's a little progressive, with touches of Rush and Dream Theater (no, nothing wrong with that at all) and a little American underground 80's hard rock.
There's a few bands I can think of that have done similar things, but none of them have really broken through a selection of die hard fans.
I think Heaven's Fire will have to build a selection of stronger material to do that.
The high pitch vocals of Andy Narsingh are of good quality, but are also an acquired taste.
In fact the problem could lie with the production and mix, which I think are a little weak. The vocals are sometimes lost amongst the changing tempo of the music.
BOTTOM LINE: I think that fans of technical hard rock and early 80's progressive metal will get the most from this release, but as far as the general melodic rock fraternity, I think there are better suited releases out there.
PRODUCTION: 55% SONGS: 55% VIBE: 45%ATTITUDE: 50%
ESSENTIAL FOR: Fans of progressive hard rock and melodic metal.




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