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Heaven’s Scum – Beyond Human Footsteps

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Heaven's Scum - Beyond Human Footsteps
It’s been almost three years since the local Heaven’s Scum released their debut It All Ends In Pain, a record that had its fair share of flaws but essentially was a solid album. The quartet has been quite active in the meantime, playing gigs and writing new material, which they’ve recorded and decided to fund via crowdfunding, a concept that no longer needs an introduction these days. The result is called Beyond Human Footsteps and I’ve had the privilege of getting early access to it in order to write down my thoughts.

Back in 2014, when I reviewed the debut album, one of my major gripes was that the different musical styles didn’t always blend together very harmonically, thus taking the listener out of the experience. I am happy to report that the guys have gotten rid of any unnecessary fluff and that the new and improved sound is a lot more concise, settling in in the modern death metal genre.

Another aspect that was slightly lacking in quality on the predecessor has also been improved: the production. While the general approach of the instruments remaining as natural as possible is still the same, the methods of doing so have become drastically better and they make the eleven songs sound extremely crisp. The songwriting itself has also, I feel, seen improvement and everything comes across as much more mature and well thought out. A good example of this can be heard on the song They All Died, a mostly instrumental song which finishes in an epic interplay of groove, intricate guitar parts and just a well built atmosphere.

The selling point last time was hands down the diversity of the vocals and I’m happy to report that they are still just as strong and impressive during the fifty-three minutes of Beyond Human Footsteps. The improved production quality also contributes to them hitting harder than previously and better displaying the frontman’s vocal prowess. Lyrically, there are a couple songs that stood out to me for different reasons: Bow Down To The Crown, since it has this catchy growl-along chorus that could become the band’s anthem and the truly disturbing The Dead Don’t Judge. I’ll let you discover for yourself why that is the case.

All in all, Heaven’s Scum have without a doubt managed to take a huge leap in the right direction and know exactly how to construct a highly enjoyable listening experience. I, for one, am very much looking forward to what the future holds in store for these guys and I hope that the people will enjoy Beyond Human Footsteps, when it’s being released on March 18th, as much as I did. There will be a release show at Kulturfabrik on said date to celebrate in style, so be sure to bring your dancing shoes. In the meantime, be sure to head over to the band’s Facebook page for more information!

Heaven’s Scum – It All Ends In Pain

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The national music scene has been quite active these past few months, and yet another band from our country is about to release a record: It All Ends In Pain. That’s the title of Heaven’s Scum‘s debut album, which is a diverse mix of many different elements from the different metal genres. Combining several musical directions is always a risky business, so let’s see how it holds up, shall we?

The opener, Never Wanted, gets you really pumped with its crushing guitar riffs and fast-paced drumming, combined with growled vocals and occasional screams. This feeling lasts for another two songs, where headbanging potential waits at every corner, until it is interrupted by the first power ballad, Love, with partially clean vocals and a generally more melodic instrumental approach. A pattern that is mostly repeated throughout the fifteen songs.

The production of the album is rather old-school, with a genuine authenticity to it, but also in some parts a bit weak on the guitar sound, making it occasionally hard to distinguish the different riffs. It doesn’t take away too much of the listening pleasure though, so no points deducted there.

The vocals are the thing that impressed me the most, since the singer has a rather interesting range and is not afraid to take a chance on some unconventional singing methods. While some of those techniques are not exactly perfect, they add a nice flavor to these fifty-eight minutes which prevents repetition. There are two excellent examples of his vocal prowess: Inferno and I Don’t Know, which funnily enough come one after the other on the record.

All in all, It All Ends In Pain is not what I would consider a perfect record, to be honest, but one can clearly notice that the band has potential and is not lacking the skill to compose great songs. My advice would have been to maybe shorten the record a bit, and focus on one more specific style; because the few slow songs, that are inter-thrown, interrupt the listening experience quite a bit. I, for one, am looking forward to the band’s evolution from here on out, and I’m confident that with time they will find their ideal sound. For more information, be sure to visit their Facebook page and listen to the song below. If you like what you hear, be sure to head to Soul Kitchen on April 19th, where Heaven’s Scum will be playing their release show!