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Heads for the Dead - The Great Conjuration Award winner

Heads for the Dead
The Great Conjuration
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 21 September 2022, 9:54 AM

To play classic formats of Metal isn’t a forbidden thing, you know. Anyone can listen to a classic album as “Black Sabbath”, “British Steel”, “Overkill”, “The Number of the Beast” and take them as references, of course. But one must have in mind that you aren’t BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD or IRON MAIDEN, and they don’t need anyone to carry their musical inheritance on (because their albums satisfy this need), and you must be yourself (what many biographies of musicians states, and if I’m not wrong, Tony Iommi said the same thing on his book). One final example to play and Old Metal genre with a new life can be found on North American HEADS FOR THE DEAD’s music, especially on “The Great Conjuration”, their latest release.

Their musical work is based on the basic classic North American Death Metal model, as defined by acts as DEATH, AUTOPSY, POSSESSED, MASSACRE, MASTER and others. But these pupils are not obedient to their masters to the point of becoming a copy, because they do things in their own way, making a different approach on the Old School elements, even with the use of keyboards and effects (to improve the horror-like feeling of their music). It’s brutal, aggressive and nasty, but different and sounds refreshing and young, and what energy flows from the band’s songs! The band brought Jonny Pettersson to make the mixing and mastering of the songs. The mission was clear: to respect the Old School elements, but to breathe into them a new life. And the songs sound aggressive and brutal, but in a way that can be understood by anyone (even placing the keyboards and effects in their due places).

These four undead guys really created an excellent album, with songs that really catches the attention without great efforts. Take a bit on “The Jewel of the Seven Stars” (a brutal and classic song for a Death Metal band, but with some keyboards and effects parts, and the playing of bass guitar and drums can damage the sensible ears of some due the brutality), “The Beast” (fast and furious, but with careful arrangements in many moments, and the impact of the guitar riffs is really amazing), “The Covenant” (the contrasts between fast with blast beats and others in a slow form is amazing, and the grunts of the vocals fit perfectly on the song), “Rotten Bastard” (where the HC influences that fills Death Metal can be heard due its hooks), “The Bloodline” (the slow paced rhythms create that bitter hooks and funereal ambiences that are hard to resist to), “World Serpent Dominion” (it’s a rhythmic massacre, and what amazing set of hooks of the guitars), “The Curse” (the contrasts are amazing, with excellent howls and growls of the vocals), and “Bloody Hammer” (some hard Rock and Rock ‘n’ Roll influences can be heard on this one, what will make the puritan fans to complain, but’s an amazing song), and “The Fog” (another song with a different approach on Old School Death Metal) to check that the band is really amazing!

Yes, HEADS FOR THE DEAD isn’t kidding, and they can become great, if the fans give a chance to them and listen to “The Great Conjuration”. You’ll not regret the experience!

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. The Jewel of the Seven Stars
2. The Beast
3. The Covenant
4. Rotten Bastard
5. The Breaking Wheel
6. The Bloodline
7. World Serpent Dominion
8. The Curse
9. Bloody Hammer
10. The Fog
Ralf Hauber - Vocals
Matt Moliti - Lead Guitars
Jonny Pettersson - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, FX
Jon Rudin - Drums
Record Label: Transcending Obscurity Records


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Edited 28 May 2023

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