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They say you only get one chance to make a first impression, but with new EP Injection, Heartlay certainly take no chances. From the moment an eastern-tinged guitar begins weaving it way through whiplash samples reminiscent of fellow Frenchmen Pleymo, this five-track powerhouse swoops into life, making a bold introductory statement that’s impossible to ignore.
Hypnotic from the first, See You Under’s prowling bass grows increasingly menacing with each passing second before eventually erupting into soaring, atmospheric guitars, all bound together with drums that don’t just beat, but slash, and pound, and generally threaten to tear the whole thing apart from the inside out.
Thankfully for us, they don’t succeed. If the opening track’s callous rhythms did destroy Injection from within, they’d deny us the EP’s undeniable highlight, a four-plus minute storm of raw energy by the name of Leave Them All Behind. As if inspired by aggressive riffs that bludgeon the holy hell out of everything in their path, the vocals come into their own for the first time here, evolving from the opener’s pissed off mumblings into something grand, poetic, and every bit as melodious as they are monstrous.
As if such a fireball of a track wasn’t impressive in its own right, the fact that every note, every word, every mesmerizing riff all comes from one man probably will.
Dive into It Comes Alive, with all its ominous, brooding bass lines and eerie atmospherics, and you’d be forgiven for imagining Heartlay as a small army of industrial overlords hard at work. Rather, the band isn’t really a band at all but a front behind which French multi-instrumentalist Aaron Sadrin can get down to the business of crafting more gems like Hidden.
Serving as the album’s climax, Hidden sweeps and glides and roars and just plain rocks hard, all before melting away into the desolate, Nine Inch Nails inspired White Walls, an outro just as impressive as the coiling, eastern-tinged guitar of the introduction.


Heartlay’s Injection EP is available as a free download from http://heartlay.bandcamp.com/
For more info see – www.heartlay.com

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