BLOODY HEELS - Through Mystery

August 3, 2017, 4 months ago

(Independent)

Nick Balazs

Rating: 8.5

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BLOODY HEELS - Through Mystery

Here’s something a little different – a glam rock band from Riga, Latvia! Yeah, I can’t think of any other band from Latvia either. It’s a soulful blend of glam metal, AOR, and sleaze and sounds like an early ‘90s-era glam release with more substance to it.

There are different aspects on this record that make you say “ah!” and isn’t filled with your typical sex-infused lyrics. Vocalist Vicky White sports a bit of a rasp and a gruffer tone, while guitarist Harry Rivers will quickly be making a name for himself with some tasteful solos including a majestic one on the opener “Danger Calling”. If you can hymn a solo, you know you’ve done it well. “Cheap Little Liar” is the standout cut and is like the lovechild of Warrant’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and Skid Row’s “Monkey Business”. Probably one of the top tracks from the new crop of glam bands. Short fast rocker “P.A.T.P” is another standout and is filled up with all the attitude of a L.A. Guns. So infectious! 

The band also shows its sugary side with the joyful tone (though harder-edged) of “Can’t Help Myself”, the AOR love-fest of “One More Time”, and “Hope”. The ballads aren’t your typical power-chorded acoustic led songs either with the title track being an airy, atmospheric journey with “Love May Have Gone” sporting a similar vibe. With that said, one ballad is more than enough for one album.

There’s nothing mysterious about Through Mystery except for how the band has a fully developed sound on their debut full-length. These guys are poised for some big things. It’s catchy songwriting, well-thought out choruses, and enjoyable guitar parts. Put the top down and blast this sucker like it’s 1990.

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