HEARTLAY - Injection

Heartlay - Injection

5 songs
20:55 minutes
***** **
(self-released)

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Started initially as the brainchild of Aaron Sadrin, Heartlay soon became a quartet by recruiting a guitarist, bassist and drummer. Founded only in August 2014, the band’s first EP came out already three months later.

The Parisian band claims influences ranging from all over the place: industrial, alternative metal, modern electronica and progressive rock. This is all very laudable, resulting in a sound that draws parallels to Nine Inch Nails and to a lesser extent Tool and Deftones. This may not be the most innovative sound, considering that said bands heydays were about twenty years ago, but in the case of Heartlay, one might be lenient, considering how early the record came out.

Apart from the concluding and frankly not very exciting White Walls, some kind of outro running slightly less than three minutes, it is obvious that the band may have been around only for a short time, but that the songs themselves have been longer in the making. All four regular tracks sound very thoroughly composed, creating a sound which is mostly industrial rock la Nine Inch Nails, although the distorted guitars show a proximity to metal, and some smartly included sequencing allows for the electronica comparison. I just don’t really feel yet the progressive component, but then maybe I have a different expectation of progressive rock than other people.

On the plus side, the EP is perfectly produced, again something I wouldn’t have expected after such a short period of gestation. The vocals take centre stage, but leave enough space for guitar and bass. The drums may have been partially programmed though, but that shouldn’t be a problem within the stylistic boundaries of Heartlay’s music. Twenty years ago, Injection would have been a groundbreaking example of emotive melodic industrial rock, but today one might be asking for more. Considering that Injection came out very early and is furthermore available at a pay-what-you-like price at Bandcamp, I can’t be too severe with the band. If the future shows them with a more experimental vein, I can very well imagine that their music will dig into even deeper depths than they currently do.

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