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Album Review: I Am Heresy – Thy Will

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:07 AM (PST)
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I Am Heresy have arrived anew with a thunderous Christening/Baptism of Fire.

“Year Zero in the Temple of Fire” sounds like the bassline of Frank Ocean, Kanye and Hova’s Watch The Throne track “No Church In The Wild” played really fast. Remember those Metallica riffs that crept into Wind-Up era Tomorrow Come Today in BSF, post After The Eulogy?

Some bands scream about escapism while others use black metal as a cleansing ritual of the self. I Am Heresy achieves a rare well done synthesis of crossover BM and Hardcore, Boysetsfire’s best traits stylistically¬† bridging the sonic gaps here. It is an unenviable task and the band materialize an admirable result. Blasting drums and monster hardcore riffs bring the brimstone.

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Each type of music melded here comes from so many sub-sets of aesthetic preference that it is amazing they ever agreed what production values to settle on, but the album is very alive and settles for a nice mid ground between high and lo-fi.

After Nathan Gray ended The Casting Out the start of a new era was heralded when he teamed up with this son Simon Gray and a wild bunch of like-minded musicians to form I Am Heresy. They released a self-titled debut album that was followed by the O Day Star, Son Of Dawn-EP shortly after in March of 2013. At about the same time they did their first European tour as well as shows on the East Coast of the USA including some with their new label mates of Vattnet Viskar,

Now Thy Will is raw yet defined, crisp yet growling, riff after monstrous riff married to the best of real post-hardcore/emo. “March Of Black Earth” is one of the most powerful songs to come around in awhile and will probably create a sea of energy live. This is inspired and ferociously engaged material. All the soarind and powerhouse lyricism you’d expect is present and the dead are raised with every song.

“Thy Will II” (Black Sun Omega) marches with a Motorhead dangerousness until Venom/Slayer/Leeway riffs take over. Some people might not always think the styles are compatible, but for all the momentary eyebrow raisers you’ll suddenly recall that startled alarming feeling you’re having is just what being excited by music feels like again.

By the time “Devour” ushers in the near-finale of this game changer, you’ll have conviction coursing through your veins.


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