Audrey Horne – Pure Heavy
Release Date: November 7, 2014
As I drank my heavily brandy laced eggnog (ok, who am I kidding it was really just a mug of brandy with a candy cane floating in it.) and watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for the begillionth time in my life. I reflected on all the things I have put on my Christmas list year after year and never received: (such as my favorite song of the season suggests) “a deed to a platinum mine,” and my tree decorated with numerous (conflict free) diamonds. Yes, I have also asked for the customary “peace on earth, goodwill,..blah blah blah stuff.” I figured it would help me not come across as the truly greedy wretch that I am, and maybe it would work in my favor.
“Sigh”…. I feared that this year again I would end up with a cotton bathrobe and a calendar consisting of cheese of the world photos all over it. But wait. What is this? It’s not a calendar, but it was an actual vinyl album for my coveted turntable collection. A note was attached; “Sorry your holidays always suck. Here is something to get you through,” love the man who makes deer fly. I figured it must be Santa as the local dealer doesn’t make house calls.
So, I open it and it is the new Audrey Horne album Pure Heavy, which I am renaming “Pure Heaven” in all its winged angelic-like awesomeness! This is the bands fifth offering and they have been gracing this earth together since 2005. Coming from Norway where its bone-chilling cold and usually dark (The music and the climate). They were formed from a few other bands like Enslaved, Deride, Sahg and a couple other bands that a couple other former members were formerly from (were you able to follow that sentence?)…. The album’s tones have more traditional heavy metal sounds than black metal. Now, even though the music has the usual attitude and hard-driving obvious classic structure, it brings a new life to what could be called an almost stale genre. If this is your first encounter with Audrey you will notice the lead singer: Toschie who has an uncanny ability to channel the likes of rock’s best voices without surrendering his own style. Along with him, we have Arve Isdal/Ice Dale (guitar) also of Enslaved and Thomas Tofthagen (guitar) who is also with Sahg. Kjetil Greve (drums) also with Deride and Espen Lien (bass).
If you happen upon their videos on You Tube you may think your “trippin” balls as you watch the band as puppets, do not be alarmed. It freaked me out a little. So, let me assure you as much as you may be “trippin” the band are not puppets I repeat are not puppets! That said. I am not the only one to notice that “Out of the City” is channeling the soul of Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy. And my favorite song off the album is “Wolf in My Heart”, which is not the first use of a reference to a wolf in music, but is certainly one of the top three. Right below Steppenwolf and above “Peter and the…”
“Holy Roller” is a chunky rocker that barrels along, bending and blending elements of vintage Kiss and early Def Leppard into something fresh.
So, I am going to give this band a solid five suspicious mugs of eggnog and hopes that Santa brought you all you asked for and that the reindeer didn’t do a number on your lawn….Entity says check it out and HOHOHO! til next year…