Classic metal band The Heretic Order was born in 2014, in London. Ex Breed 77 guitarist Danny Felice began composing songs for the album in 2013. Completing the line-up are Stuart Cavilla, (also Ex Breed 77) bassist, Ernie Negara, Ex Savage Messiah, on drums and Marcel Contreras-Chalk, from Brit metallers Affluenza.
Their influences are Black Sabbath, DIO, Mercyful Fate, Motorhead, Angel Witch and their brand of ‘evil rock ‘n’ roll and shock metal’ also encompasses pagan and satanic philosophies.
Metal Hammer online premiered their Hammer House of Horror inspired debut video clip ‘Burn Witch Burn’, prior to their live Bloodstock performance, well received by fans. Before Bloodstock, they played London Metal to the Masses and have since played Hammerfest, supported Exodus at Camden Underworld and were main support to Diamond Head, the following day. Recently signed to renowned German record company Massacre Records, this, their debut album, released on 25th September 2015, is now unleashed to the world.
Track 1 – Banging hard, heavy, doomy intro, followed by gorgeous melodic riffs and power vocals, dripping with enthusiasm and combined with a few growly roars. Very doomy bass line, standing out from the crowd in a big way. A distinct funereal thread runs through this track, yet it comes alive with energy simultaneously. Loving those power driven riffs). Quick paced, catchy and also dark and maudlin.
Track 2 – Rapid paced intro, yet also flitting between that and the graveyard imagery evoked by the doom laden bass and palpable stoner mood throughout it. It’s both vibrant and sombre and somehow manages to inject opposite sounds in a workable, exciting way. You just want to hear more.
Track 3 – Somewhere between the last 2 tracks in pace and feel; a rollercoaster of racing riffs and hooks, to drag you along in its wake. Plenty of colourful melodies, packed inside the classic heaviness of new wave of old school metal. It delights and excites in equal measure.
Track 4 – Liking the intro here. A metallic power ride of ecstasy and joy. Catchiness in spades. So much fun’s packed into this that you just find yourself getting straight into it and travelling along with it till the end. It’s really just a prime example of how power metal should be done. The perfect uplifter.
Track 5 – Slightly more downtoned in tempo and downbeat in feel, yet never losing any of that vocal zest or instrumental life. These guys are able to convey emotional contradictions with such passion and skill that not an ounce of energy is lost in the telling. It still comes across in such a life affirming way. Beautiful riffing and the whole thing is a wonderful package of aural pleasure.
Track 6 – The drums become the central emphasis here; their pace depicting a rhythmic race around the Top Gear track. Full to the rafters with well worked metal fire and fury; ending way too soon.
Track 7 – What’s happened here? Have WASP just entered the room and begun playing ‘Inside The Electric Circus’? Oh no they haven’t, as now the doomy, yet still fun feel has re-entered the equation. Very much a modern American rock feel to this. Performed with ease and familiarity; it also displays elements of bluesy grooves and slight sleaze rock, within the overall classic power metal vibe. Some very tasty melodies and beats here.
Track 8 – Metal rain on a grey, overcast day.
Track 9 – A riff fest of epic proportions, with a combo of light and shade. Like being catapulted through a metallic kaleidoscope of colours and shapes, into a flexible, convex world of unreality, to send your senses reeling. Slowing the pace for a while, before taking it back up again, it’s got more twists and turns than a spiral staircase.
Track 10 – Really just more of the metal magnificence we’ve already heard. This, though, gives the vocals more of a chance to shine, in places. Those riffs are the best. Scaling higher and higher, they never fail to capture your imagination. How weird! I’ve just been listening to the Sabbath track ‘Hand of Doom’ being re-played in this closing section! Talk about eerie…..
Track 11 – Sufficiently and fittingly doomy for the closer. Loads of sexy riffage and cutting vocals. Metallically rhythmic drum beats and just, generally, a manic, fun filled feast of steel. It takes you to the heights of metal paradise and back. Some lovely acoustic riffing at the close, you could happily get lost inside. Very Sabbathesque at the end, with the church bells and wind and rain effects resonant of ‘Black Sabbath’. A perfect touch.
Overall – An exciting and eclectic funfair of metal mayhem, with all the buzz of the circus, only better, with metal performances instead of tricks. You need this in your life. Wherever you want to go, this cutting-edge metal will take you. Even your wildest imaginings will never conjure anything as good. Buy it now and keep it on endless repeat.
For fans of power/speed metal, sleaze metal, NWOBHM, WASP, Black Sabbath, Slash, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Duff Mckagan, stoner metal and most American metal.
Album available now.