Release Date: 08 June 2016
Format: LP Vinyl
|HEAVEN'S CRY OUTCAST Limited Vinyl LP + Download
Throughout history, human evolution has leaped forward and has always been preceded by a dark period in time. We are now once again on the verge of a new day. So is the concept of HEAVEN’S CRY’s 4th full length album, Outcast, produced by the band along with Yannick St-Amand. Due out on Prosthetic Records in June 2016, the album continues where 2012’s Wheels of Impermanence left off, pushing them to the forefront of today’s modern progressive metal scene.
The Montreal progressive band was formed in the early 1990s and released two albums over the course of coming decade; both received high praise all across the globe. They appeared at various progressive festivals in both North America and Europe and supported bands like Marillion, Saga, and Threshold, among many others in the progressive rock world. Following a 7 year hiatus where some of the members focused on other bands, Heaven’s Cry reformed and signed to Prosthetic. In 2012 they released the aforementioned Wheels of Impermanence and continued playing shows and festivals worldwide. Then at the start of 2015, they began work on what would become their finest offering to date.
Outcast kicks off with the infections, riff heavy, The Human Factor. It’s these hooks from guitarists Eric Jarrin (of metal pioneers, Despised Icon) and Pierre St. Jean (who contributes vocals as well) that has set them apart from their prog metal contemporaries. The Human Factor also stands out as it features a selection from one of American activist, Noam Chomsky, speeches. Auclair explains how this came about: “Pierre introduced me to Noam Chomsky's work in the early 2000s. So when came time to dress up that two-minute instrumental part in "The Human Factor", Noam's 1970 "Government in the Future" lecture was a perfect fit”. The album then moves on into the crescendoing title track before going into the epic 14 minute plus The Day The System Failed, which is divided into 4 parts, paying homage to some of their greatest inspirations: Dream Theater and their Canadian brethren in Rush. The album then slows down in mood and closes out with Alive, another riff filled track that offers change and hope, though telling it must come from within us all.
1. The Human Factor
3. The Day The System Failed
4. If I Only Knew
5. A Shift In Scenery