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  • Audio CD (12 Jan. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Noise
  • ASIN: B0000YRJ28
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I seriously cannot get enough of this. I've been into power metal for a little over a year now and in that time I've exhausted a lot of the most popular bands (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Dragonforce etc) and its been a pretty tough time trying to find other bands of the genre who can live up to their standards of metallic greatness. Luckily, Heavenly are just such a band.

Sure, it's not the most original album ever written and bears a lot of similarities to other post-Helloween bands. But it does everything so damn well it's impossible not to fall in love with the band. Let me tell you why

1) The guitar playing is utterly fantastic. There's a great blending of traditional speed metal with some ridiculous neo-classical shredding as well as more then a few nods to more traditional metal. And can these boys solo or what? While heavenly may not bring really new here, they do it with such passion and panache that they stand out from the crowd. And when combined with such solid drumming its definitely a winner

2) The songwriting is superb. There are so many time changes, so many turns and dives and such a good mixture from the intense to the simple that your interest never wanes for long. These lads seem to be inexhaustible riff machines that just keep churning them out. I also love the contrast between the really technical stuff and sometimes they just kick back and let rip some palm mutes. Awesome. Each new listen reveals new things to love.

3) While Ben Sotto's vocals may not be every ones cup of tea, it is undeniable that he is extremely talented, able to easily shift between glass shattering high nodes and softer, more emotive singing. He's also got a bit of a knack for some King Diamond esque screeching that adds a dark, creepy edge at times.
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Lets be clear here this is a well played well executed piece of Euro Power Metal cheese but cheese it is. First of somewhere along the line over the last 20 years or so there seems to have been a breakdown in comunications. Manowar were & are regarded as a complete joke of a band. They were taken with such a big dash of salt it was unreal, i know i was there. I mean signing your record contract in blood please ! Cheese cheese cheese ! So why have we seen a wealth of bands take Manowar as a blue print for Power Metal ? And why do many of these bands hail from Europe ? Heavenly i`m afraid fall into this catorgary. Lots of big Manowar`ish backing vocals [ Think Dream Evil ] sung over songs played as fast as possible. Not a single song on this album will you remeber, you wont find yourself walking down the street singing any of `em. Most tracks start with a big power chord intro with bells chimimng in the background, sound Fx of thunder & lightning, you get the picture. Cheese. If your 14 or think Dragonforce are were its at then this is deffinatley up your street. If on the other hand you like your Power Metal singable with great tunes you`ll be singing for months then get Pagans Mind Enigmatic Calling or Winterborn - Cold Reality, but avoid this like the plague.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ea27c3c) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9783a9fc) out of 5 stars stunning - you'll be impressed 16 Aug. 2004
By Matt Stoessel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Where do I begin? You've probably already read that this album is just over 70 minutes long. I have no idea how this album keeps my attention so well for the entire 70 minutes, but it does. Every song is so different! And yet... so good! No other album except Hatebreeder (which is half as long) can have not even 30 weak seconds and still be this good. I'd call this `the Mirror of Madness of power metal,' meaning that is about as perfect as a semi-unknown band can do. Heavenly's put them right up there with the big names in the genre with this album. And also, the production has gotten a TON better since Sign of the Winner (which I've also reviewed).

Speed - this album is on my list here on amazon for the title track, and I've been over to 2 friend's houses who listened to the sample of the 2nd song there. They know this kind of music pretty well, and just shook their head in disbelief at how fast that is. One of them said something like "How did their drummer do this for 70 minutes?!" The other is used to blastbeats in black metal and has heard speed taken beyond what can normally be done. Back to this album, there are about 2 ballads and I think 2 short instrumental songs (not including the intro). Most of the songs are about 6 minutes, with Miracle being the longest at 9:08. Miracle is quite an amazing song, while I'm at it. So is the title track. Those are the only 2 I've listened really closely to.

I think the story of the album is something like a guy dying and coming back to life (as a demon, maybe). This album covers that 2nd life part. And I think (again, I'm not sure - this is just how I interpreted it from when I looked in the lyric booklet) in the title track, he dies again (sorry if I spoiled the ending, but get a grip - this isn't a movie or anything).

So let's see... I love the 2nd track, think the 3rd is even better, like the 4th, love the 5th, love the 6th, ... ... go do something else while 7 and 8 are playing (I'm not trying to say that they make me lost interest - for instance, when nature calls, you gotta go!), but 9 is incredible and gives me chills. 10 is great, 11 and 12 are like 7 and 8, and the title track is half-piano ballad.

This just might be the fastest power metal album out there behind Valley of the Damned and Sonic Firestorm. Skylark isn't even this fast anymore (check out their new album, "Wings"). The singer has gotten much more stable-sounding and doesn't sound like Timo Kotipelto anymore. He now has his own voice and doesn't even sound like Gamma Ray's singer anymore. Keyboards compliment the music perfectly, but don't stand out as their own instrument, as they do with Norther or Sonata Arctica. They're more in the background now, as they were on Stratovarius's Infinite album (for one). If you haven't figured it out yet, I strongly believe this is by far Heavenly's most powerful album to date.

One of the notes I made a while ago for this album says, "Every song could be a single! They're even more different from each other than on Coming From the Sky and Sign of the Winner!"

I hope I helped you in deciding whether to or not purchase this (wonderful) album. If I helped, please say so! I have a lot of other reviews (and now, I have my own list here on amazon!), so read them when you get a chance. Type in "Tunnelvision" and you should get to the list.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9783ac48) out of 5 stars Heavenly Vampires 28 April 2005
By Mr D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the latest release by the French Epic Power Metal band Heavenly. Now if you're familiar with Heavenly you know that their music is.... well Heavenly. Their previous album, Sign of The Winner, was a melodic masterpiece and one of the most melodious efforts I have ever heard.

Well not to worry, Dust to Dust is every bit as melodic and every bit a masterpiece. At slightly over seventy minutes long it's also a great value. There is one thing that I found a bit odd though. Epic Power Metal albums are usually concept albums (albums that tell a story) and they tend to use a fantasy genre for their subject matter. You know fighting off Dragons, Trolls and Black Knights, but this slice of melodious heaven chose an unlikely subject matter - Vampires. I'll bet Ann Rice would appreciate that. Now I'm not complaining. I actually found the subject matter to be a nice change of pace but I must admit to a little confusion.

One of the things I've always liked about Power Metal is the music, for me at least, seemed so noble and uplifting, You know fighting the Orcs and all, in contrast with Black Metal, Doom Metal etc, which tended to have macabre and morose subjects, like vampires and ghouls. With Dust to Dust we still have the same uplifting , really uplifting music with LIVING DEAD CREATURES OF THE NIGHT. I like it but it does seem somewhat strange

The lead singer Ben Sotto is very capable. He has a rather high pitched but pleasant vox not unlike Freedom Call's Chris Bay and Kamelot's Roy Kahn. The musicianship is superlative. These guys know their instruments and are masters. The song writing and arrangements have continuously matured from their first album, Coming From the Sky. The overall effort on Dust to Dust is superb and I suspect it is one of the ten best Power Metal albums I have heard to date.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9783ae88) out of 5 stars Intense Power Metal 27 Oct. 2004
By Phillip Binnion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay, this would have to be the greatest album I've ever heard. It's amazing! 70+ minutes of intense power metal! HEAVENLY hail from southern France and have 3 albums to their name, Comming From The Sky, Sign Of The Winner, and DUST TO DUST (their latest and best release). The album is split up into 3 chapters but the music stays consistent. The story is basically about a vampire who must endure darkness throughout the ages on his quest to find and destroy his evil master and regain his human soul. The quality and production of this album is superb. All 13 tracks are fantastic, my favourite being track 9. Miracle (it sends shivers down my spine it's that good). Ben Sotto has a unique voice and a fantastic vocal range. His lyrics are great, and together with the backing choir they blow you away. The guitar solos are unmatched - 12 guitars sometimes even more are playing at once (for overdubs and other stuff). The drumming is the fastest I've heard. Unfortunately drummer Maxence Pilo has since left the band (along with guitarist Frédéric Leclercq and bassist Pierre-Emmanuel Pelisson) so hopefully his replacement Thomas Das Neves will be able to keep up the pace on their next album. Anyhoo it seems I cant say enough good things about this band/album, and I'm not the only one. In fact I don't think anyone has submitted a review for DUST TO DUST and not given it 5 stars...

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HASH(0x9783d204) out of 5 stars Great album... 31 May 2007
By Michael W. Evers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is heavenly's 3rd studio release, and by far, their best release. The album sports 13 tracks, broken up into 3 chapters, for a tad over 70 minutes worth of good, quality music.

The album starts off with a vocal demonstration, and quickly moves into the first muscial piece, Evil. Most of the songs follow through with the same format. It's important to note: this album is nothing new, with all the power metal out there, they are very much the same. There are a few things that allow Heavenly to stand out from the rest. Sotto has a great voice, sometimes it's far too overpowering, and they allow the keyboards to take center stage, which is apparent as the album starts off with Evil.

The story of the album is one of a vampire who fights to regain his humanity, and goes up against challenge after challenge to overcome it and the urges of being a vampire. At the end, as sung through in ...dust to dust, he suffers wounds which even he can not heal through, and dies, but as he dies, he dies as a human and not a vampire.

Overall, the album is good, and even being slightly generic, the album has definately spent alot of time in my player and on various playlists.
HASH(0x9783d420) out of 5 stars Power Metal at its most powerful 6 Mar. 2012
By Jennifer Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
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A friend told me about this band, and I'm so glad he did. This is Power Metal at its best, and I only wish other bands were this good. I've listened to the entire album too many times to count, and the fast, strong music has kept me awake through many all-nighters preparing presentations. (I'm an architecture grad student)

The album is epic in terms of length, in terms of music quality, and in terms of subject. 70 minutes is impressive for an album, but it never feels long. The music is full, rich, and stirring. The story is about a man who is bitten and killed by a vampire, and is then doomed to roam the night for years until he suddenly falls in love, and then vows to kill the vampire who turned him and then end his own demonic existence.

If you like power metal, I would seriously suggest you give Heavenly a try.
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