Heavens
Patent Pending


3.5
great

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
September 19th, 2006 | 11 replies | 5,074 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Side-projects usually only appeal to fans of the band that the musicians are from originally, but in this case Heavens have created an album that while appealing to Alkaline Trio and F-Minus fans, will also win them 'new' fans that haven't heard of either band before. Patent Pending has a 'dance' feel to it. That's not to say that it is full of heavy basslines, techno drumbeats and synth melodies. It is more laid back than that.

Another thing about this album that may put people off it is the fact that it is a concept album. Although it is not clear at a first listen. You have to think about it, but the album tells the story of a town going to ruin and people leaving.

Opener Gardens while being one of the 'faster' and more upbeat (it's not) songs on the album sounds like an Alkaline Trio song being stripped down and turned down a few decibels. In fact, this can be said for most songs on the album as the lyrics to each song is clearly written by Skiba with dark, and often violent lyrics. The title track is likely to get feet tapping due to its strong drumbeat and with its infectious chorus could potentially be a radio hit.

At the mid-point there is an instrumental Doves that goes completely unnoticed when the album is listened to without glancing at the tracklist or track counter on the CD Player. The second half of the album is very similar to the first with the same type of stripped down, gloomy and hit-or-miss songs. One song that definitely hits is True Hate. The intro is a bassline-melody trade-off that instantly stands out from other songs on the album. The drums build up with rim shots through the first verse and chorus and then come in louder after the first chorus. As the song develops it is clear that it is one of the best and catchiest on the album with its simple "Too much, too late. True love, true hate" line. The final chapter in this story of destruction and decay is Leave. It is similar to most songs on the album but is one of the better ones. It has a long but memorable chorus and good use of strings.

At the end of the album (and story) it is clear that this is an album to sing you to sleep and won't be enjoyed as much at other times of day. Patent Pending is ultimately good album but could be a tedious listen for some.



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craigy2
September 19th 2006



551 Comments


This is my first attempt at an album review and I'm happy for any comments you may have on it. If you are going to criticise it then thats fine by me but if you could tell me how I could improve I'd be grateful.

Storm In A Teacup
September 19th 2006



12687 Comments


This is a good first review. I have the initial sound in my head and as an Alkaline Trio fan am interested in this album. Again, good first time. :thumb:

mr_jackalope
September 20th 2006



25 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Eh, dull album. I'd say it's pretty bad when you could easily be acused of ripping off Interpol and the Editors, two of the not-most-original bands ever. There is truly nothing that distinguishes this from anyything else.

craigy2
September 24th 2006



551 Comments


thanks storm, if theres anything i could do to improve this review or anything i write in the future please let me knowThis Message Edited On 09.24.06

labonza01
November 24th 2006



546 Comments


well, all i can say is that it's a good thing that Matt is in this band, because when i first heard them, i though; "Wow, they really ripped off Alkaline Trio, the lyrics are the same and the guy even sounds like Matt" but now that i know, i just have to say that this band sort of sucks. I love alkaline trio, but i hate Heavens.

rachsbro
July 26th 2009



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heavens is not a bad band, and they are certainly different than Alkaline Trio. The songs are darker and overall a stranger style than Alkaline Trio.

KieranVandRakim
November 11th 2009



332 Comments


awesome album

dimsim3478
March 28th 2011



4735 Comments


Richard Craig's first review...wow...

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craigy2
April 24th 2011



551 Comments


hell yeah, brah... it's not very good

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2013



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never heard this in full until now for some reason

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2013



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jamming



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