The Black Heart Rebellion – Har Nevo by Ben Spencer

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/Label: Smoke & Dust (BE),
Adagio 830 (DE),
Consouling Sounds, Tokyo Jupiter Records (JPN)

Band Line up:
Pieter Uyttenhove – Vocals & Percussion
Alex Maekelberg – Guitars, Vocals & Percussion
Emeriek Verhoye – Bass guitar
Valentijn Goethals – Guitars
Tim Bryon – Drums & Percussion
Tomas Lootens

Album Track Listing:
1. Avraham
2. The Woods I Run From
3. Circe
4. Animalesque
5. CrawlingLow AndEatingDust
6. Ein Avdat
7. Gold And Myrrh
8. Into The Land Of Another

Having begun their career in the Punk scene back in 2004, The Black Heart Rebellion appear to be shedding their skin and revealing themselves as a whole new beast entirely with their second album Har Nevo. This record has been a long time in the making and it is their attention to detail quality within these songs that definitely shows a mature and artistic streak running throughout.

Opening with ‘Avraham’ a wind chime and pumping bass reverberates through out as the agonizing clean vocals that ooze with desperation as drums come crashing in full force.

‘The Woods I Run From‘, plays out in a slow down beat tempo with a loosely ambient texturing. The vocals and drumming wade in driving everything forward. The brooding guitar work breaks in with raw vocals, before dispersing waywardly into melodic delicacies found in the outro.

Stand out track, ‘Circe’ has a ghastly and fragile essence that creeps in with gritty guitar melodies and sensual clean vocals. Meanwhile, Animalesque, has a solid drum led intro and ever-prominent bass lines running through out before into a tribal trance of “You will burn like a snake”.

Finishing off with ’Into the Land of Another’ has a melodic sombre vibe with an acoustic banjo thrown for good measure. The track comes with well written lyrics and intricate drumming. Towards the final moments, the vocals become engulfed in bitterness as the drumming and guitar effects slide in effortlessly.

In a nutshell, an interesting offering of songs that flow into each other naturally many artistic avenues being explored. The sound is both dark and refreshing and with a high level of musicianship to pull everything off. This is indeed something that people looking for something a bit different will enjoy.