Review : Ideas - Hawk Eyes
ContactmusicI am convinced that heavy British music has never been in a better state than it is right now. There are riffs flying at breakneck speed from all angles, with such excellent bands as Turbowolf, The James Cleaver Quintet and Exit_International all putting out thrilling and exciting music as well as putting on truly intense live shows. Ideas is either the first full album by Hawk Eyes, their first 'Modern Bodies', was technically put out under the name Chickenhawk. Not that this matters one measly bit, because Ideas is quite simply an astounding record.
The album begins with Witch Hunt, which in places embraces Mastodon levels of heaviness, with angular, complex riffing and absolutely pounding drums. It is with this opening track that you begin to get the feeling that Ideas might just be one of those albums you can call a 'game changer'. It is unbelievably heavy, but also genuinely anthemic....full text
RocksoundArriving hot on the heels of December’s ‘Mindhammers’ EP, ‘Ideas’ sees Hawk Eyes pursuing their recently revised, markedly less chaotic direction with impressive dedication, rendering the ghost of Chickenhawk an increasingly distant memory. Hypnotically pulverising riffs, rolling grooves and wailing melodies are the order of the day, although the hooks necessary to lodge these newly streamlined alt-rock barnstormers in the listener’s memory are perhaps yet to materialise. As muscular and crushingly executed as ever, ‘Ideas’ remains an aptly-titled confirmation that Hawk Eyes are setting their sights on longevity in lieu of pure aural decimation, even if their best is undoubtedly still to come....full text
GrumpyrockerBack in 2010 Leeds based band Chickenhawk released their debut album Modern Bodies, since that visceral album of charging guitars, thrashing metal riffs and aggressive vocal passion, including gigs where the band used to decamp into the audience, Chickenhawk have changed their name to Hawk Eyes, but with Matt Reid still on drums, Rob Stephens on guitar, Ryan Clark on bass and Paul Astick belting out the vocals, 2012 sees the release of their second album Ideas, or if you prefer the debut album of Hawk Eyes.
In making comparisons between Modern Bodies and Ideas it is clear to see that Hawk Eyes are a band who have grown into their new surroundings. Opening track Witch Hunt is all fazed intro through which the band launch themselves into a sumptuous rock / heavy metal groove that possibly due to the track title bares comparison with Queens of the Stone Age. The chorus is complete with squeaky slide effects, although as Witch Hunt progresses there is the opportunity for a change of pace as the vocals build and Sabbathy hints flood out. Skyspinners picks at a similar vein although the retorting “shut up, shut up up” is a dichotomy to the music that lead up to that moment. Again there is the opportunity for a change of pace, before the original refrain launches back into view; overall two tracks in and it feels like the grown up acceptable face of rock / metal music and refreshing it certainly is.
Yes Have Some is a welcome foray into paint blistering levels of guitar orientated noise, with the words “Yes have some” simply allowing a more rapid oration of “bring it right back, take it right back” as the vocals slip into an anguished expressiveness that mirrors the now siren like music, which surprisingly breaks out into a moment of doom laden chords that last just long enough to appreciate the transcendence of heavier music styles that Hawk Eyes are taking you the listener through....full text
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