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Great Vengeance And Furious Fire
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2007
I first heard this band on Radio 1 and couldn't resist buying the album.
As soon as the first track hits your ears, you simply know that you're in for a treat. You can hear real influences of early soul whilst enveloping the experience into a modern funky/blues set that has moved with the times. With driving beats, smooth vocals, catchy riffs and basslines,
Great Vengeance is by far the 'heaviest' collection of music this side of creation.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
So when we heard that there was a band from Bath, UK who has just released their debut album of bluesey funk-rock we didn't think much of it. Another lite-weight Primal Scream rip-off we thought. The first spin of 'Great Vengeance....' transported this reviewer 3000 miles West of Bath into the fried and epic sunset of California via New York, Mississippi and Detroit, which is something considering that the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin were rotating previously on the office stereo. `The Heavy' are a four-piece who specialise in creating a highly authentic brand of dirty neo-blues fused with a swaggering hip-hop/funk-laden groove and wailing/torched vocals straight from late sixties freak-out era. On top of this they tweek and shred their guitars to create a psychedelic edge to proceedings which acts as the icing on the cake.

Of the 10 tracks on this 33 minute album, none disappoint and all contribute to one awesome experience. Early on, listeners are treated to `Colleen', a unique track employing a gritty hip-hop beat and clanging percussion which acts as a backdrop to vocalist, Swaby's emphatic and raw melodic wails. `You Don't Know' starts off with dark and heavy riffage which brings to mind 60's forgotten heavy-psychedelic innovators `Parson Sound'. This foreboding, almost metal-sounding soundscape meanders throughout the track and psychedelic guitars join proceedings to create an extremely raw and heavy ode to `Comets On Fire'.

`Girl' sees Swaby performing some `tongue-in cheek' Streets-esque rapping about a rather fit sounding bird. In the middle, Swaby switches to singing and the transformation is quite amazing and perfectly showcases Swaby's immense vocal talents. `In The Morning' is another downtuned and heavy outing which sounds like a punked-out Velvet Underground indulging in a touch of rabble-rousing. `Dignity' is another rousing high-tempo retro-post-punk piece which sounds like Evergreen (Chicago school of post-punk) meets White Light/White Heat era Velvet Underground. On tracks like `Doing Fine', `Bruk Pocket...' and `Who Needs The Sunshine?', `The Heavy' undertake a softer, more soulful approach which all bumble along nicely and give the listener time to really take stock of the album.

In `Great Vengeance and Furious Fire', `The Heavy' have executed a fantastic, gritty and urban take on the genre's of soul, funk and psychedelic rock. Their sound is a forceful nod to the heroes of the aforementioned genres and it is obvious the raw production values and `live' sound are tools that have been employed to strengthen this. Out of respect for `The Heavy' and all that they represent, `Great Vengeance and Furious Fire' deserves to be purchased on Vinyl.

For fans of: RL Burnside, Velvet Underground, Early Fleetwood Mac, Primal Scream, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2011
Some of you will of course have heard of The Heavy way before now, but for some reason they managed to skip below my radar, cos if I'd heard them before I wouldn't have hesitated to buy right then and there! In this case, I heard 'Big Bad Wolf' on the BBC series Luther, and although that particular song isn't featured on this album, it at least introduced me to their sound and got me hunting. Eventually resulting in me buying both this and their newer album 'The House that Dirt Built' - which is equally as good.

For anyone who likes The Black Keys or similar, this is broadly speaking the same kind of thing, but with their own style, and a style that I like. By all means try out a few of their songs (particularly Big Bad Wolf!) before hand, but I'm hoping it does the same for you as me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2013
After hearing the band's music in various trailers, TV shows and movies, I had a quick look for them online. Listened to some of their songs on YouTube, and decided to buy their albums. This is a great debut album, although I think their follow up albums 'The House That Dirt Built' and 'The Glorious Dead' are even better.
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on 14 March 2014
If you like music that is a little different to the norm this band is right up your street, after purchasing The House That Dirt Built I was hooked, they go from really funky sounds to jazzy like tunes, one word for them AWSOME.

The more I listen it just gets better and better Brukpockets Lament is one of the best songs I've heard for a long time.
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on 14 January 2011
Bought this cd having discovered the later "The House that dirt built". Not as good as that album, BUT still wonderful, lots of influences but still unique. I love them.
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on 9 April 2014
He loves it and was so chuffed as he loves the heavy and he now has all their albums !
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2007
I heard this group a while ago play live and have been waiting for this album to be released. Having heard it I have to say they have not disappointed. I would strongly recommend that you buy this CD, it really is excellent!!
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on 31 December 2014
not an easy album to get hold of. very pleased
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Great muic! Arrived quickly. 5 Stars
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