HEAT are unmistakably taken with a time when all great records came adorned with monochrome swirls and elaborate sleeves depicting worlds of necromancy, witches and cosmic encounters.
Featuring former members of The Hara-Kee-Rees, Samsara Blues Experiment and Grandloom their self-titled debut on Electric Magic Records was a heavy-blues driven journey into the very heart of the 1970s. Which, regardless of your particular predilection for classic rock saw the Berlin five-piece strike every chord. As Ollie said in his review back in 2012 “Heat are more than able to match up to the likes of Witchcraft and Graveyard and in the self titled offering have produced an album that benefits from…nay demands repeated listens to allow it’s delights to unfurl and reveal its true strengths“.
On their follow up – much like Swedish hard rock revivalists Graveyard and Horisont – HEAT continue to revel in the buzz of audacious twin guitar solos, Hammond organs and telepathic band jams.
Driving tracks like Siamese Smile, Free World and Barbarossa pack unabashed guitar spectacles atop big drum fills, rolling bass lines and Patrick Fülling’s strutting vocal front, often over extended compositions that run the gamut of twentieth century rock history. Bursting with shuffling bluesy boogies and dark, introspective moments that owe a sizeable riff or two to Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash, Atomic Rooster and Jerusalem, Labyrinth is an unstoppable force for fans of British prog, hard US rock and NWOBHM.
Labyrinth will be officially released on 29th August 2014, along with the reissue of the band’s debut (with exclusive new artwork) via This Charming Man Records with pre-orders for the LP are available HERE and the CD HERE.
1. Siamese Smile (5:38)
2. Free World (4:45)
3. The Golden Age (8:55)
4. Barbarossa (4:36)
5. Masquerade (4:42)
6. Loving Devotion (5:17)
7. Labyrinth (6:42
HEAT will also be hitting the roads of Europe during September as well as select festival appearances, the dates for which are as follows:
23/08/14 – Sala Teatru Brama, Goleniow, Poland
4/09/14 – Record Release at Austerclub, Berlin, Germany
5/09/14 – Sky High Festival, Frankfurt, Germany
11/09/14 – Monster Records, Hannover, Germany
12/09/14 – 1000Fryd (w. Jex Thoth), Aalborg, Denmark
13/09/14 – KB18, Kopenhagen, Denmark
15/09/14 – Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
16/09/14 – Waldmeister, Solingen, Germany
17/09/14 – Heretic Club (w. Aqua Nebula Oscillator), Bordeaux, France
18/09/14 – San Sebastian, Spain
19/09/14 – Hard Club, Porto, Portugal
22/09/14 – Rocksound, Barcelona, Spain
23/09/14 – Brin de Zinc, Cambery, France
24/09/14 – Schüxenhaus, Ins, Switzerland
25/09/14 – Coq d’Or, Olten, Switzerland
26/09/14 – Backstage (w. Orcus Chylde), München, Germany
27/09/14 – Sound n Arts (w. Orcus Chylde), Bamberg, Germany
10/10/14 – TCM Fest Gleis 22, Münster, Germany
29/11/14 – Deep Sound City Festival, Halle, Germany
And as a taster of the retro that is to come, the band have revealed a video for the track Loving Devotion which you can stream below:
Source: Sheltered Life PR
Photo Credit: Maren Michaelis