Dead Ends by Heights (MediaSkare Records)
One post hardcore recording that has found its way into the States is Dead Ends by a band based out of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom who go by the name of Heights. A spiraling work for such a young collective, Dead Ends is a grand beginning from a group of guys we’ll be hearing a lot more from within future days. Complete with searing guitars, a pummeling rhythm section, and a super impassioned vocalist, many are sure to find the towering songs of Heights their next favorite sonic addiction.
Dead Ends kicks into high gear with the haunting reveries of We Live Alone… – whetting the appetites for the tremendous anthems that follow. Eye For An Eye is next, a sheer triumph with its brutal yet wondrously infectious hardcore grooves – this one is destined to be a crowd favorite when performed live.
The brutality continues with the empowering Oceans, with soaring guitars skillfully permeating with mix. Letting Go is fervent and metallic, with its biting lyrics and atmospheric melodies rendering this one a standout. The Lost And Alone is powerful cut with it’s wonderful sing-along “we are, we are” chorus that leaves an indelible impression.
A classic in the making is surely Forget, with vocalist Thomas Debaere growling, “I will forget you!” with a staggering amount of conviction. And then after a burst of the penetrating Beneath The Skin, the sludgy title track Dead Ends comes into sharp focus, followed by the swampy incantations of Endings.
Closing out Dead Ends on a gloriously mesmerizing note is …And That’s How We Die, an ambitious work showing the band’s fine progressive edge. A thrilling ten tracks in all, certain to leave the listener wanting to hear a whole lot more.
The dynamic Heights lineup consists of Thomas Debaere on vocals, Dean Richardson on guitar, Tom Green on guitar, Andrew Moulder on bass, and Tom Hutton on drums. With a debut work this compelling, Heights is sure to hit the stratosphere of success in no time at all.
(Review by Kenneth Morton)