Head Takers
Beyond the Shades


3.5
great

Review

by Darion Paone USER (79 Reviews)
December 29th, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: France has metal? France has GOOD metal?

Groove-based death metal from Paris, France? It’s more likely than you think, especially when you listen to Head Takers and their 2012 demo, ”Beyond the Shades. Clocking in at a little over twenty-three minutes long, this short release is a promising one, filled with tasteful solos, groovy melodies, and powerful vocals. Head Takers deserve a pat on the back for their efforts. Si seulement je pouvais le traduire en français!

The vocals on ”Beyond the Shades are one of the most commanding aspects about the band. Their presence is clearly the driving force behind the band’s sound – a sign of both intelligently-written vocal patterns and – gasp – actual experience with vocals! While most of the vocals walk the line between death and thrash, they all sound fantastic. From the deep, deathy growling to the middle-pitched thrashy screaming, the vocals are powerful and forceful, and their production adds a slight echo to them. This gives each scream and growl added venom and improves the sonic atmosphere manyfold, allowing the vocals to compliment the sound beyond merely directing it. Despite not being wildly different than their contemporaries, the vocals of Head Takers manage to accomplish a tasteful variety while sounding great.

The same largely goes for the guitars, which cycle evenly between speedy riffs, atmospheric passages, and melodic solos. Every aspect of this variety is written and executed with the skill required to make an impact, allowing the guitarists to contribute positively to the mix while still sounding naturally tied to the mix. The production job on them is fairly decent, and doesn’t do a lot to boost them but also doesn’t hinder them in any way. When it comes to the guitar structuring, you won’t find the material of virtuosos, but you will find solid execution and a damn fine sound that sets the band apart from most of what I hear on a daily basis.

The drumming of ”Beyond the Shades is focused on annihilating your eardrums, and the mastering of the demo lets them do just that. Every bass kick is audible, every snare hit is powerful, and every hat hit can be recognised amidst everything else that’s going on. What sets the drums apart from any other death/thrash band? Oddly enough, Head Takers’ drummer just knows what he’s doing. His proficiency with his kit can be felt very clearly from a cursory listen: his obsession with double-bass kicks can be easily forgiven when you hear how varied his hands are. The importance of the high and low hats are realised in every song – definitely a sign of a skillful drummer.

Indeed, Head Takers is a rare find in this day and age: they’re a band of metalheads who know their stuff, and they’re relatively new to the scene. With stuff this solid coming off of a twenty-three minute demo, I’m eager to hear what Head Takers can pull out of their ass if they write a good old full-length album. I can only hope it’ll be sooner, rather than later. Grab their free demo over here, and get listening!

Download it at http://headtakers.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-shades

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Cygnatti
December 28th 2012


22286 Comments


this seems incredibly fucking lame/awful tbh

Digging: Jerry Lee Lewis - Live at the Star Club, Hamburg

MiniatureHorse
December 28th 2012


908 Comments


This is another band like Poopfist or something?

Pr0nogo
December 28th 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As does My Little Pony.

FrozenVain
December 29th 2012


2482 Comments


"France has metal? France has GOOD metal?"

Gojira, Gorod, Hacride, Benighted, Kronos?

Pr0nogo
December 29th 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Most/all of those are pretty pathetic.

FrozenVain
December 29th 2012


2482 Comments


"Frozenvain you're pretty stupid"

Well...yeah

FrozenVain
December 29th 2012


2482 Comments


"Most/all of those are pretty pathetic."

Since when?

Pr0nogo
December 29th 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe I'll write a review for some of that shit and you'll see why then. My opinion is currently not backed up with an actual argument.

FrozenVain
December 29th 2012


2482 Comments


I'm actually surprised that you think they are pathetic based on your current ratings.

Pr0nogo
December 29th 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Early Gorod is pretty enjoyable, from what little I've heard. Their latest offering has half the original band missing and isn't too varied when it comes to interplay with the instrumentation. I feel like they've devolved to something more simple.

I haven't actually listened to Benighted. The others are simply not very good.

My ratings were wiped a few months back because I had an opinion.

FrozenVain
December 29th 2012


2482 Comments


"My ratings were wiped a few months back because I had an opinion."

Sounds like standard sputnik stuff to me.

I think Gorod is at least a good band overall and Benighted rocks. The only album that I have actually heard by Hacride is Lazarus which I thought was kinda neat, but it kinda got boring over time. Kronos last album is decent, but I do however really like Gojira. From Mars To Sirius is an amazing album in my opinion (hope I won't get banned for that).





Pr0nogo
December 29th 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As long as fans of Bring Me the Hairspray are still around here, "Gojira liker" is an insult of far lesser magnitude.

FrozenVain
December 29th 2012


2482 Comments


cheers

MiniatureHorse
December 30th 2012


908 Comments


Bologna.

Pr0nogo
December 30th 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Beeeeeeeeef.



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