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Heavens Fire - 2000 The Outside


HEAVENS FIRE - THE OUTSIDE (2000, FRONTIERS)
Andy Narsingh - vocals, bass, keyboards
Jim Theoharis - guitars, vocals
Mike Mackinnon - drums, vocals


Background
You know how sometimes when you see a movie it starts off well, lags in the middle and then gets exciting right at the end. Well, that sums up 'The Outside' by Canadian band Heaven's Fire. Andy, Jim and Mike list Van Halen, Dream Theater, Rush and Dokken as influences and they have tried to incorporate these into their sound. Not an easy thing to do and on this occasion it has been only partly successful.

The Songs
Opener 'Beyond' begins in a slightly proggy fashion but then moves into punchy, hard rock territory. A good start. 'Future's Waiting' keeps the momentum going with a strong crunchy riff and impressive lead guitar work. On 'Can You Believe' we find more solid work from Jim on guitar and a catchy chorus. This is where the quality of the material stalls a little. The 3 previous tracks are good, straight ahead hard rockers. On the next few tracks the band openly display their more modern and progressive influences. The hard edge is still there, apart from the softer 'Mirror', but in a darker form and the songs don't quite fit within the context of the surrounding material. 'Long Way' begins a memorable trio of tracks. We are definitely back into melodic rock territory on this one and Jim impresses again with his lead work. 'Now's The Time' is a great party rocker with a very catchy chorus. 'Tears' takes us out on a high note. A superb song that alternates between soft verses' and a punchy, memorable chorus.

In Summary
Heaven's Fire definitely show more promise with the songs that are based in the melodic rock sound. This is where the material is strongest. A few more tracks like 'Tears' and 'Can You Believe' and less of the progressive elements would have given the album a more balanced feel and enhanced the enjoyment. A solid start for Heavens Fire, I just think they need to decide what direction they want to go.

Track Listing:
01 Beyond
02 Future's Waiting
03 Can You Believe
04 The Outside
05 Skitzo
06 Tommy
07 Mirror
08 Long Way
09 Now's The Time
10 Tears

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